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A robust, properly planned and well functioning urban transportation system is crucial to our individual and collective wellbeing and quality of life.

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Advanced urbanism

Posted November 28, 2014 12:12 pm by Bob Ransford

A catch-all term that wraps around ideas about how we should be moving forward with our cities in the future

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A frank and probing discussion needs to take place about how this project came into being with so many built-in risks and mistakes.

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The Southlands plan is probably one of the most innovative development plans this region has ever seen.

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This new strategic alliance will see our two companies bring our respective expert resources, talents and experience to the table to offer clients in the urban development and community planning sector– where COUNTERPOINT has a long track record– a full range of services to plan, implement and manage effective public process that supports smart land use principles and sound urban design techniques.

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It is important to look beyond headlines about municipal taxes on new development and dig beneath the surface, if only to correct certain assumptions and begin an informed discussion.

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How does a little decision become a big issue?

Posted November 29, 2012 12:08 pm by Bob Ransford

The debate over the opening and closing of a 100 meter section of a roadway– Robson Street– that passes through the only significant public space in the heart of Vancouver’s downtown has ignored perspective and context.

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How do we bridge the two solitudes that are a growing reality of our cultural milieu in Metro Vancouver?

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Statistics: damn lies?

Posted November 3, 2012 7:18 pm by Bob Ransford

The constant barrage of statistics and instant reporting on
measurements of all kinds may not be assisting us in prudent
decision-making, as the capacity to measure and report was meant to
do.

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Local, Local, Local

Posted October 6, 2012 12:37 am by Bob Ransford

Location, location, location. That used to be the standard answer to the question: “what are the top three ingredients of success in the retail marketplace?”. Today, a more accurate answer might be: local, local, local.

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