A few weeks ago, a delegation from Atlanta came to visit. Atlanta LINK – 117 leaders in business and government – had a chance to listen to the usual suspects and, more importantly, just walk around.
Here’s what the reporter accompanying them saw:
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In Vancouver, civic leaders see a livable city
By Maria Saporta
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 05/28/07
Vancouver, British Columbia — To metro Atlantans, congestion is a dirty word.
But when a delegation of 117 regional leaders recently visited this Canadian city, they were introduced to a whole new concept.
Congestion is our friend,” said Larry Beasley, former city planning director for Vancouver, who has been recognized worldwide as helping create a new urban model. “Density is good.”
Metro leaders were exposed to a vastly different approach to growth and development during the 11th annual LINK trip, organized by the Atlanta Regional Commission, short for “Leadership, Innovation, Networking, Knowledge.”
Vancouver’s strategy of density and transit is a stark contrast to the Atlanta region’s road-oriented sprawl.