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City Making in Paradise

May 2008

“What makes City Making an interesting read... is the processes by which its leaders go about achieving their laudable goals. For Greater Vancouverites, City Making provides valuable insight into the decisions that shaped their region. Those who live in urban centres outside British Columbia, however, may find the book all the more compelling for the different models of governance it espouses...”

Building Magazine, May 31, 2008
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City Making in Paradise

December 2007

"…The book's value for anyone interested in the future of the west coast is indisputable. But the similarities in urban history between Vancouver and Toronto means there are lessons here for Torontonians…In this case we might do well to look west for guidance in city-making."

Spacing Magazine, Dec 14, 2007
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City Making in Paradise

September 2007

“Harcourt said: ‘I think there is a huge appetite among the public about sustainability issues.’ That, in fact, is a key objective of the book. In documenting past successes, and detailing how they were achieved – through leadership that engages constructively with the public and other governments – the authors want to show not only what we’ve accomplished but what we need to do in the future.”

The Tyee, Sep 17, 2007
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City Making in Paradise

September 2007

City Making in Paradise… looks at how we got to where we are today, and wonders where we’re headed in the future. As an overview of policymaking and planning it’s quite accessible. The people profiled and the events recounted are informative and instructive.”

The Commentary, Sep 10, 2007
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City Making in Paradise

September 2007

“[Vancouver’s] livability is no accident, as City Making makes clear. The book… argues that choices at all levels of government have made our city unique. …Harcourt is not unfamiliar with plannerese, but City Making is a civilian’s book; think of it as a manual for the GVRD’s operating system.”

Georgia Straight, Sep 6, 2007
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City Making in Paradise

September 2007

“[A] page-turner for anyone interested in what made Vancouver the most livable city in the world. …It should be mandatory reading for elected officials and administrators in the Lower Mainland and the provincial government.”

Shared Vision, Sep 1, 2007
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