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Dream City

June 2006

"Bristling with sometimes overwhelming detail, this is a book for the true Vancouver geek."

Geist, Jun 1, 2006
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Dream City

March 2006

"It's reasonable to expect elegant writing in works of literature. Encountering it in a book like Dream City: Vancouver and the Global Imagination, which at first promises a dry survey of Vancouver's urban evolution, is pleasantly surprising."

Books In Canada, Mar 1, 2006
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Dream City

January 2006

"Dream City is a provocative read for anyone wishing to understand how past and present members of Vancouver's creative class... have envisioned the ever-changing landscape of this youthful, still evolving West Coast metropolis." "Berelowitz is an informed and impassioned guide." "Berelowitz is at his perceptive best when he peers into Vancouver from the great walkway rimming the city's waterfront edge. His analysis of the beaches of English bay as public spaces is a gem." "...his writing pulsates with the beat of an impresario who knows first-hand how recent landscapes were orchestrated."

BC Studies, Jan 1, 2006
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Dream City

December 2005

"Even if you never get to Vancouver, this book offers the pleasure of seeing an acute, well-informed observer trying to come to grips with a unique place."

Planning Magazine, Dec 1, 2005
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Dream City

November 2005

"Lance Berelowitz's Dream City has the look and feel of a glossy coffee-table book, the kind you might pick up in a Vancouver Airport gift shop. But Berelowitz offers up more than tourism copy and sweeping panoramas of the Coast Mountains and English Bay. He looks at how Vancouver is finally entering the national and global consciousness, a myth-making exercise that began in earnest when the city hosted Expo 86 and that won't be stopping anytime soon."

rabble.ca, Nov 30, 2005
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Dream City

September 2005

"With the aid of photographs and historic maps, Berelowitz also makes many bold observations about a city whose charms many of us take for granted and whose defcts we blissfully ignore."

Canadian Geographic, Sep 1, 2005
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Dream City

May 2005

"...while he's enthusiastic about Vancouver, Berelowitz isn't wholly uncritical. Furthermore, he's an engaging, knowledgeable writer. I find Dream City an often fascinating overview of how urban planning has shaped a city I know well."

Vancouver Sun, The, May 21, 2005
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Dream City

May 2005

"Lavishly illustrated and persuasuvely argued, architect and urban planner Lance Berelowitz's Dream City makes a case for... more growth."

Georgia Straight, The, May 5, 2005
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Dream City

May 2005

"...lively and challenging book..." "The book's most valuable feature is its concise overview of the city's history, from its beginnings as a chit in massive land speculation through the accelerating development of the late 20th century." "Full of fascinating detail and thoughtful visions of Vancouver's future, Dream City is just as engaging, and maddeningly contingent, as the city it portrays."

Quill & Quire, May 1, 2005
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Dream City

April 2005

"...Dream City is an essential book from whose venturesome spirit other essential books will be written."

Vancouver Review, Apr 1, 2005
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