Posts Tagged ‘freeways’

Unpaving paradise – Seoul rips out a freeway to expose a river

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

In the middle of fighting a mad urban planning fiasco in Vancouver, it was heartening to see this news from another city: Seoul rips out freeways and allows the sun back onto a river. Removing a freeway was a huge risk for Seoul’s transportation planner, but somehow he proved his detractors wrong by making traffic flow work sans freeway.

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Vancouver urban planning fights: freeways 1967; mega-casinos 1994 & 2011

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

In 1967 a group of citizens waged a fractious and clever fight against a massive freeway system that would have flattened much of  Vancouver’s downtown core and surrounding heritage districts. The fight was led by Vancouver citizens Shirley and Mary Chan, Mike Harcourt  (later mayor and then premier of the province) and many other volunteers.

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