Vancouver is one of the most intensely studied medium-sized cities in the world and heralded everywhere as a model for sustainable development. In Planning on the Edge, nationally and internationally renowned planning scholars, activists, and Indigenous leaders assess whether the city’s reputation is warranted.
While recognizing the many successes of the “Vancouverism” model, the contributors acknowledge that the forces of globalization and speculative property development have increased social inequality and housing insecurity since the 1980s in the city and the region. To determine the city’s prospects for overcoming these problems, they look at city planning from all angles and perspectives, including planning for the Indigenous population, environmental and disaster planning, housing and migration, and transportation and water management. Together, they provide a comprehensive and integrative profile of Vancouver’s development history and planning record.
By looking at policies at the local, provincial, and federal levels and taking reconciliation with Indigenous peoples into account, Planning on the Edge highlights the kinds of policies and practices needed to reorient Vancouver’s development trajectory along a more environmentally sound and equitable path.
This book will be of interest to scholars and students of urban planning and urban studies, as well as practitioners and activists involved with issues of urban development, sustainability, and social inequality, both in North America and internationally.
Vancouver is experiencing many of the same challenges facing cities around the world, including the influx of foreign capital, economic shifts, addressing Indigenous needs, growing polarization, and environmental concerns. The insights contained within this volume will be invaluable to scholars and practitioners around the world grappling with these issues.
This cutting-edge book sheds light on the complex and often contradictory nature that urban planning can assume when it operates within a context where speculative property development has become the new dominant economic sector. It deftly exposes the significant gaps between a discourse of sustainability and realities on the ground.
Penny Gurstein is a professor and former director of the School of Community and Regional Planning, Faculty of Applied Science, at the University of British Columbia. She is the co-editor of Learning Civil Societies: Shifting Contexts for Democratic Planning and Governance. Tom Hutton is a professor at the Centre for Human Settlements in the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia. His most recent book is Cities and the Cultural Economy.
Contributors: Leonora C. Angeles, Alexander Y. Bigazzi, Stephanie E. Chang, Nathan J. Edelson, Lisi Feng, Lawrence D. Frank, John Friedmann, Jordi Honey-Rosés, Karla Kloepper, Howard Grant, Larissa Grant, Michael Leaf, Timothy L. McDaniels, Jennie Moore, William E. Rees, Leonie Sandercock, Jemma Scoble, Maged Senbel, Olga Shcherbyna, Leona Sparrow, Mark Stevens, Jeremy Stone, Cornelia Sussmann, Andy Yan, Lily Yumagulova
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