Aug 12 2007
EcoDensity is taking hit after hit in the Vancouver’s mainstream media these days.
The Vancouver Courier’s latest line on Mayor Sam Sullivan’s pet project is pretty much par for the course. A cover feature warns of the consequences of densifying neighborhoods for Vancouver families who have lived in their sprawling spaces for generations. Whatever will people do without their backyard gardens?
The criticism is as short-sighted as it is gutless. Undeterred by insane real estate prices, people are flooding into the Vancouver region literally from all over the world. We need places to put them, and that means more density.
Don’t let Vancouver’s ever-upward downtown skyline fool you; most neighborhoods in our Pacific paradise are low density, composed of single-family dwellings on relatively large lots. These neighborhoods – including the ones with backyard garden plots – are environmentally unsustainable.
There are certainly legitimate criticisms of the EcoDensity plan. But quoting people who simply want to continue living in a bubble where unsustainable living is celebrated like a kind of indigenous culture isn’t the best way to do it.