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Vancouver’s new density plan is short on parks

November 18, 2009

According to an article published yesterday in the Vancouver Sun, a plan passed unanimously Tuesday night by Ciy Council will create a new high-density, mixed-use neighborhood for for around 7,000 people. While increasing density can be good for lowering the environmental impact in cities in many ways, some advocates of public parks see this new plan coming up short. It will not meet Vancouver’s goal of 2.75 acres of parks per 1,000, causing some, like Councilwoman Susan Anton, a self-described “advocate of density,” to question the plan’s committment to creating density in the right ways. Another Councilmember, Geoff Meggs, says that the plan will take a long time to implement, and hopes that as it evolves, amenitites for the community will be included.

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