The City as an Onion

The city as an onion 

" I found this article interesting because it illustrates how quickly cities can change. Eight years ago, Vancouver, Canada was the most liveable city in the world. Now, they are self- reflecting and watching Melbourne. I believe Melbourne By Bike is in a very fortunate position to be able to show off this quickly evolving city to visitors. Our fingers are crossed that the speed in which Melbourne is growing is managed well so our pride can continue for years to come. " - Michelle Brown

September 29, 2017

Cities are like onions without a core. The more you peel off, the more challenges there seem to be. And the beauty of this contradiction is that cities are resilient inventions, able to outlive poor government and poor governance, able to grow in response to the elasticity of the economy, full of culture and cultural activities, vibrant and in some cases genuinely open-minded.

The challenge is that cities and the people who live in them have different and sometimes unusual expectations. What’s more, cities are places that change by the day if not by the hour. Cities scramble to keep up, including Vancouver.

We need new models for the planning process. We need to think about cities as living organisms, and most of all we need to face the mistakes head on.

Vancouver may see itself as postmodern, but it has fallen far behind cities like Melbourne because in all the areas to tick off in discussing cities — road safety, traffic congestion, integrated transportation systems, varied approaches to the movement of people, (why isn’t there any light rail in Vancouver?), housing affordability, access to services, traffic management, cultural venues and streetscapes, and yes, the role of bikes — Vancouver is not in the game.

Source: http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/vancouvers-urban-conundrum-lets-design-better-cities (Canadian Press)