Will Vancouver’s ambitious new housing strategy make the city healthier and happier?

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Vancouver, like so many cities, is experiencing a painful housing crisis. The city is the least affordable in North America. Hundreds of people are living on the streets or in tent camps. Working people are forced into punishingly long commutes. Families are leaving in search of appropriate, affordable homes. Businesses are having trouble hiring talent. Many people feel that the city simply does not value them, or have room for… Continue reading

Envisioning a happy, healthy Granville Island

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Early in 2016, the federal government launched a planning initiative for stakeholders to reimagine what Vancouver BC’s iconic peninsula Granville Island could look like. The Granville Island 2040 Plan was a call to set a course for Granville Island’s future and to articulate its shape for the next 25 years. Aimed to address potential for land use options, including the repurposing of Emily Carr University buildings and the potential expansion… Continue reading

Happy City released in Taiwan

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Charles Montgomery’s critically acclaimed book, Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design was published in Taiwan in November, 2016. The news is exciting for Taiwanese cities, but also for the region as a whole. Asian cities struggle with choking traffic, intrusive mega-projects and seemingly-uncontrollable sprawl. But the evidence in Happy City demonstrates that cities can achieve sustainable growth at the same time as boosting health and happiness. This version… Continue reading

The Happy City Experiment with Q Ideas

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"The Happy Cities Experiment" – Omar Dominguez from Regent College on Vimeo. Omar Dominguez, Happy City’s Director of Operations and Sustainability, shared our ideas on the Happy City experiment in an engaging talk at Regent College. This talk was part of the first-ever Q Commons event in Vancouver, and was held on September 24, 2015. Q Commons, an event organized by Q Ideas based in New York City, convenes local leaders… Continue reading

Charles talks towers and sociability on the TV show 26 Minutes

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26 Minutes, a Chinese TV station, interviews Charles Montgomery in his hometown of Vancouver, BC. Listen to Charles discuss the importance of walkable connected places, good public transit and the negative social consequences of living in tall socially isolating towers. Promoting instead walkable mixed use urban developments that foster positive trust building social encounters. 26 Minutes, Part II Continue reading

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