Densification the topic at Vancouver Urban Forum

Urban forum attended by experts talking reduction in suburban sprawl


An experts’ forum on densification is expected Wednesday to exchange ideas on reducing suburban “sprawl” that’s said to expand 2.4 metres-per-second in Metro Vancouver.

Former mayor Sam Sullivan, director of the Vancouver Urban Forum, said there’s been documented proof that densification, rather than suburb expansion, has environmental, economical and cultural benefits to reap.

He’s gathered 23 experts, including himself, to discuss the issue at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre. During the 7.5 hour meeting, a “sprawl meter” will measure exactly how much local green space is lost through development.

“When you sprawl all over the region, you create an enormous infrastructure cost that’s going to be have to be maintained for years and years,” Sullivan said Tuesday.

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