Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Portland Metro councilor Robert Liberty on the politics of urban sustainability.

Councillor Robert Liberty speaks in Vancouver about "The Politics and Principals of Urban Sustainability". The talk is largely about Portland, OR and its growth boundry. This discussion focuses on the link between density and good urban development. Portland is well known as a leader in 'Smart Growth' and is therefore a focus of much attention, both from those wishing to learn leasons and from those worried that such an example--if ultimately proven successful--could be a danger to there ideology. The discussion of politics is a significant part of the talk and altough it starts offf with some negative developments it finishes on a high.

Invited by the Vancouver City Planning Commission (Vancouver, BC) to speak on the "Politics and Principals of Urban Sustainability," Clr. Liberty gives an engaging and interactive description of the history and progress of communities adopting 'smart growth' in spite of initial public opposition.


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