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Vancouver: A downtown designed as if people belong


Downtown civility

I posted an image a day when I was in Seattle and Vancouver for two weeks (almost). The image below is one that I first over-looked when scanning the thumbnails on the go on an iPad, but after uploading the files to the desktop this week it really jumps out to me.


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It’s of an intersection in the middle of downtown Vancouver (Hornby St. & Robson St.) and it speaks to me because almost all of the elements of intentional and inclusive design are represented. As expected, it’s a space dominated by people. I’m not a fan of Vancouver’s one-way streets, because they facilitate high automobile speeds and add to noise pollution, but in general this is what a downtown complete street looks like. Everyone seems comfortable. Everyone feels they belong. It’s no wonder it is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most livable cities (NatPost).

I’ll be using some of the other images from the trip in future posts, but I’ve also posted a selection on the MyWHaT Flickr account at the following links for readers who are interested in perusing.







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