Apr 27 2010
What will Vancouver look like in 2050? Will we serve as a model of sustainability to be emulated around the world? It’s going to take more than just good ideas and innovations in technology; as I report in my latest Granville article, Vancouver in 2050, it may require a redefinition of citizenship in this country.
“Our competitiveness and prosperity are at stake,” said Holland. “This dynamic will have us change the story.”
This is going to take discipline and rewriting of public interests assumptions, he said, suggesting that the capitalist model of our society will not be able to deliver long-term solutions to issues like food supply, transportation, energy and livability.
“We are going to have to redefine citizenship” with a changed focus on obligations and responsibilities, he said.
If cities have to become more sustainable to cope with population growth, we need to be looking at solutions that solve four or five different problems, Johnston says.
Looking at how the city of Chicago has led innovation in this area, he pointed to things like using photovoltaic sidewalks and green roofs that can eat smog, reducing need for lighting, minimizing heat sinks that cause health problems and provide spaces for urban agriculture to improve access to local food supplies.
“We’re not looking for a silver bullet. We need silver buckshot.”
Commentary on the City in 2050: Creating Blueprints for Change