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Planning on the Edge
Vancouver and the Challenges of Reconciliation, Social Justice, and Sustainable Development
Edited by: Penny Gurstein Edited by: Tom Hutton

Edited by :

Penny Gurstein ,

Edited by :

Tom Hutton

Imprint:

UBC Press

ISBN:

9780774861670

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

Professional/Scholarly
Aug 01, 2020
$34.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

9in x 6 x 0.95 in | 520 gr

Page Count:

352 pages

Illustrations:

13 tables, 9 maps, 6 charts, 4 b&w photos
UBC Press
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
Vancouver
  • Short Description

Vancouver is heralded around the world as a model for sustainable development. In Planning on the Edge, nationally and internationally renowned planning scholars, activists, and Indigenous leaders assess whether the city’s reputation is warranted.

While recognizing the many successes of the “Vancouverism” model, the contributors acknowledge that the forces of globalization and speculative property development have increased social inequality and housing insecurity since the 1980s in the city and the region. To determine the city’s prospects for overcoming these problems, they look at city planning from all angles, including planning for the Indigenous population, environmental and disaster planning, housing and migration, and transportation and water management.

By looking at policies at the local, provincial, and federal levels and taking reconciliation with Indigenous peoples into account, Planning on the Edge highlights the kinds of policies and practices needed to reorient Vancouver’s development trajectory along a more environmentally sound and equitable path.

Planning on the Edge explores the reality behind the rhetoric of Vancouver’s reputation as a sustainable city and paves the way for developing Vancouver and its region into a place that is both economically sustainable and socially just.

Vancouver is heralded around the world as a model for sustainable development. In Planning on the Edge, nationally and internationally renowned planning scholars, activists, and Indigenous leaders assess whether this reputation is warranted. While recognizing the many successes of the “Vancouverism” model, the contributors acknowledge that the forces of globalization and speculative property development have increased social inequality and housing insecurity since the 1980s in the city and the region. By evaluating policies at the local, provincial, and federal levels and taking reconciliation with Indigenous peoples into account, Planning on the Edge highlights the kinds of policies and practices needed to reorient Vancouver’s development trajectory along a more environmentally sound and equitable path.

Penny Gurstein is a professor and former director of the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia. She is the co-editor of Learning Civil Societies: Shifting Contexts for Democratic Planning and Governance. Tom Hutton is a professor at the Centre for Human Settlements in the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia. His most recent book is Cities and the Cultural Economy.

Contributors: Leonora C. Angeles, Alexander Y. Bigazzi, Stephanie E. Chang, Nathan J. Edelson, Lisi Feng, Lawrence D. Frank, John Friedmann, Howard Grant, Larissa Grant, Jordi Honey-Rosés, Karla Kloepper, Michael Leaf, Timothy L. McDaniels, Jennie Moore, William E. Rees, Leonie Sandercock, Jemma Scoble, Maged Senbel, Olga Shcherbyna, Leona Sparrow, Mark Stevens, Jeremy Stone, Cornelia Sussmann, Andy Yan, Lily Yumagulova

This cutting-edge book sheds light on the complex and often contradictory nature that urban planning can assume when it operates within a context where speculative property development has become the new dominant economic sector. It deftly exposes the significant gaps between a discourse of sustainability and realities on the ground. - Norma Rantisi, professor, Department of Geography, Planning and Environment, Concordia University

Vancouver is experiencing many of the same challenges facing cities around the world, including the influx of foreign capital, economic shifts, addressing Indigenous needs, growing polarization, and environmental concerns. The insights contained within this volume will be invaluable to scholars and practitioners around the world grappling with these issues. - Deborah Leslie, professor, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto

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