"When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty."
Vancouver is consistently ranked one of the top 5 most livable cities in the world (usually #1 in the Americas-contrast this with Portland, which ranks itself most livable in it's own greenwashed mind, but in reality only looks good compared to car-centric, Depression Era-like cities such as Detroit.).In Vancouver, like Portland, they indeed have many specialists in urban and transit planning. The difference is that those planners' designs are only a starting point, and the plans usually only move forward based on public favorability. They only build rail lines when they absolutely need to, the "Canadian line "from downtown to the airport was finished just prior to the Olympics, and even that was contested by many bus-loving Vancouverites. Last year the Mayor was re-elected with one of his central campaign pledges being to put more buses on the streets, and they already have 10 minute frequent service on a majority of the routes. A tale of two cities, one listens to it's riders/constituents and prioritizes inexpensive bus service, and the other forcefeeds the public expensive rail projects while continuing to further starve it's bus dependent citizenry.
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