Highways to Boulevards Webinar: The Vancouver Model

Lessons Learned from the livable, "freeway-free" city

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Vancouver is often touted as a model city of walkable streets, lively public spaces, and unparalleled natural beauty. More to the point, it's consistently crowned North America's most livable city. It's no coincidence that the city also has no freeways cutting through the urban center. Would you believe that the City of Vancouver is even now considering removing the few short viaducts it has left?

Vancouver is certainly a compelling model for accommodating urban traffic congestion. Join CNU for this Highways to Boulevards webinar to better understand Vancouver's blueprint for thriving on -- not killing -- urban congestion.


Larry Beasley is the retired Director of Planning for the City of Vancouver. He is now the Distinguished Practice Professor of Planning at the University of British Columbia and the founding principal of Beasley & Associates, an international planning consultancy.

In this upcoming webinar, Mr. Beasley discusses the impact of "Vancouverism" and its applicability to North American cities. He also unpacks Vancouver's "freeway-free" persona, drawing out concrete lessons for other cities contemplating their urban futures.

Ful Bio: Larry Beasley is the retired Director of Planning for the City of Vancouver. He is now the “Distinguished Practice Professor of Planning” at the University of British Columbia and the founding principal of Beasley and Associates, an international planning consultancy. Over thirty years of civic service, Mr. Beasley achieved land use and transportation plans along with careful development management that have dramatically reshaped Vancouver’s inner city.  He also led the revitalization of neighbourhoods, a strong heritage preservation program, the City’s urban design studio and a successful civic fundraising initiative.  

For the last thirteen years of his civic service, he was a principal decision maker for Vancouver’s development approvals.  He now teaches and advises the private sector and governments around the world.  He chairs the ‘National Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Realty’ of Ottawa’s National Capital Commission; he is the Chief Advisor on Urban Design for the City of Dallas, Texas; he is on the International Economic Development Advisory Board of Rotterdam in The Netherlands; and he is the Special Advisor on City Planning to the government of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. For three years, he was also vice-president of Aquilini Development and he is now Senior Development Advisor to Concord Pacific Developments.

Mr. Beasley has studied architecture and has degrees in geography and political science (B.A.) and planning (M.A.).  He has also been awarded two Honorary Doctorate Degrees (Hon. L.L.D.), from Simon Fraser University and Dalhousie University.   He is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners, an Honorary Member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and has been recognized as an “Advocate for Architecture” by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.  He is also a Fellow of the Dallas Institute and sits on the Board of the Canadian Urban Institute.  In 2007, he received the Kevin Lynch Prize from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the most prestigious award in American planning. Mr. Beasley is a Member of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest honour for lifetime achievement.


This webinar one in a series from CNU on building effective highway removal campaigns. You can expect a new webinar in our series each month. If you are interested in participating, send an email to communications@cnu.org. Attendance is limited to the first 100 people to sign up, so email us now to hold your spot.