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Uploaded on Mar 19, 2007

While most North American cities cope with suburban sprawl and empty downtown's, Vancouver positions itself quite differently. Vancouverism is about living densely, downtown. Density is a function of people who live, work, and socialize in the downtown core: high residential density and high public amenity. The form that this model has take is the point town on a human scale podium. There is life on the street and views to the surrounding landscape. What are the limits to this form of city building? Is it a model that could be exported globally, given the specific variables that have made it emerge here? Are the city's attempts to appeal to suburbanites rendering the downtown too domestic and anti-urban? Has this "Living First" strategy been too successful, choking out office space in the downtown and contributing to a reverse commuting to the suburbs? Has Vancouver successfully shaped itself into a city that seems to work, or has it become a resort city that is not economically sustainable, metropolitan, and flexible? This documentary asks these questions with some of Vancouver's most leading thinkers; Larry Beasley, Trevor Boddy, Lance Berelowitz, Sherry McKay, Michael Gordan, and Helena Grdadolnik.

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