• Entry
  • Reader's guide
  • Entries A-Z
  • Subject index

North American cities are often characterized by sprawled, low-density development patterns that result in congestion and the loss of agricultural land, among other environmental impacts. The evolution of low-density urban form is commonly associated with the ascendancy of the automobile, facilitated by government investment in transport infrastructure. In contrast, the Canadian west coast city of Vancouver is widely portrayed as having overcome the dominant paradigm of automobile-based planning, instead promoting more green or sustainable development patterns that emphasize denser, walkable, and transit-oriented urban form. Vancouver is celebrated in the planning community as a model green city because of its large population living downtown, the absence of highways in the central city, and strong emphasis on investment in public transit. Despite the positive reputation, Vancouver faces ...

    • Loading...
    locked icon

    Sign in to access this content

    Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

    • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
    • Read modern, diverse business cases
    • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles