"It starts with having a strong vision."
"We don't want ghettoes for the rich nor for the poor."
Co-Director of Planning and
Director of Current Planning
Vancouver BC, Canada
If you have the bandwidth, and the time, download Carol Coletta's interview (in her NPR radio show, Smart City) with Larry Beasley who has led Vancouver's amazing growth and has turned it into one of the most liveable cities in the world.
The MP3 link is here, but you can also download it via iTunes Podcast Directory (do a search for "Smart City").
The interview with Larry is just the first 30 minutes but it's a revealing look at how a clear vision, that goes beyond just economic growth, can create a wonderful livable city.
The interview with Tim Jones (the lower half of the program), CEO of Artscape, a Toronto organization that develops real estate and programs for the city's artists and creative sector, is also very insightful. (I personally think we don't do enough for our artists. And creativity is a definite comparative advantage in the globalized economy.)