September 30, 2010 3 Comments
Of all the cities I’ve visited on this trip, Vancouver was surprisingly the least relevant to Fremantle and its future development. That didn’t make it a waste of time by any means, however, as it was probably the most relevant to planning in broader Perth. Vancouver is a world leader in high density, transit orientated development that provides high amenity. Over the past decade over 1000 residential apartment towers have gone up across the whole city housing tens of thousands of people in a variety of apartments from low income to high luxury and everything in between. (I stayed in one with a local professor and was very impressed by the quality and liveability).
They’ve linked many of these high-rise apartments with a sky train and electric trolley buses to make a far less automobile dependent city and one that is consistently rated in the top three liveable cities in the world. Perth-wide planning could learn a lot from Vancouver’s approach. High rise doesn’t have to be a dirty word if done in the right place well.