Best prac­tice: Van­cou­ver

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Fel­low top-10 live­able city Van­cou­ver (be­low) has al­ready ex­pe­ri­enced the rapid pace of growth pre­dicted for Auck­land, adding one mil­lion more peo­ple to its pop­u­la­tion within the last 30 years.

Re­gional plan­ning to in­crease den­sity, com­bined with poli­cies to en­cour­age walking and cy­cling have been un­der­way since the 1990s. Other mea­sures have in­cluded the cre­ation of ‘lane way’ houses, es­sen­tially in-fill homes on ex­ist­ing sites, to in­crease hous­ing den­sity.

Now the most densely pop­u­lated city in Canada, its devel­op­ment ap­proach has been cited as a model for the world and has even cre­ated its own term. ‘Van­cou­verism’ is char­ac­terised by mixe­duse de­vel­op­ments, typ­i­cally with a medium-height, com­mer­cial base and nar­row, high-rise res­i­den­tial tow­ers to ac­com­mo­date high pop­u­la­tions and to pre­serve view cor­ri­dors and recre­ational open spa­ces.

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