Harcourt, Mike and Ken Cameron with Sean Rossiter (Paradise)

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An article entry in the category: Chronology-Sources

Title: City Making in Paradise: Nine Decisions that Saved Vancouver[edit]

Douglas & McIntyre. Vancouver, BC. 2007. 220 pp.

Milestone Tags[edit]

Urban planning | Land use | Development | Politics & governance | Transportation | Institutions| Demographics | Events | Region | Senior governments | People

Content summary[edit]


Introduction: summarizes key events in Vancouver from the 19th century through to the 1948 flood.
Chapters 1-9 describe the nine significant decisions that saved Vancouver:
1. Lower Mainland Regional Planning Board created in response to the 1948 flood
2. Saving Strathcona – Council abandoned downtown freeways
3. The creation of the ALR 1975 and the Spetifore Lands case
4. The Livable Region Plan 1975
5. Expo ’86, re-development of False Creek, and Skytrain
6. GVRD Choosing our Future regional plan, 1990
7. The Livable Region Strategic Plan adopted, and provincial Growth Strategies Act 1996
8. The creation of the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority 1998
9. Enhanced authority at local government level and changing role of the Province

Milestones prior to 1900[edit]

"The three most important events to affect the region in the nineteenth century were all acts of conscious city making. The first was the decision by Colonel Richard Moody of the Royal Engineers to establish the City of New Westminster in 1854 as the capital for the crown colony of British Columbia... In 1866 the city was designated as the capital of the combined colonies of British Columbia and Vancouver Island, only to lose this status to Victoria a few years later...
The second event was the decision of the Canadian Pacific Railway to move the intended location of the railway's Pacific tidewater terminus ten miles west from the initial choice at Port Moody to the Granville townsite, a decision that deftly doused the paper fortunes of land speculators at Port Moody so that the profits of land speculation around the terminus could be enjoyed by the CPR itself. From the beginning, the urban region that was to become known as Greater Vancouver was a multi-centred place.
The third event was the first decision of the Vancouver city council, after its establishment in 1886, to ask the government of Canada to turn over the reserve adjacent to the townsite for park use as what would become Stanley Park. It represented a vision that the city would always be connected to the wilderness out of which it was built." (page 3)

Links to other online summaries this source[edit]

  • Book launch in June 2007: Summary of presentations by Ken Cameron and Mike Harcourt , with audio record: Stephen Rees blog