September 26, 2019

The New Signifier of Our Urban Era

Beginning in the 1970s and through the ’80s, in both the city and the region, the word used to describe the intent of our urban planning and policies – and the goal of our leaders – was the idea of the Livable city.


By the 1990s and into the early 21st century, the descriptive term used was “Sustainable” – otherwise known as “Greenest“:


As climate change became more of a priority – and the need for strategies to deal with unknown but potentially severe impacts – the word that showed up in reports and discussion in the last decade was “Resilient


Livablity, Sustainablity, Resilency … and now the what may be the term most appropriate for the next decade and the one that will inform our planning strategies:




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  1. And in nearly 50 years of emphasis on livability, greenness, sustainability, and resilience, no local government in the Lower Mainland has thought to end mandatory requirements for car storage?

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