The newest Vancouver Suburb an Ocean Away

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The new Vancouver suburb as reported by Kerry Gold in the  Globe and Mail last Friday is not in British Columbia, but across the Pacific in Beijing China, just thirty minutes from the airport. Prior to the Beijing Olympics, the Olympic Committee from China came to visit Vancouver. I was part of the team that was to show them the City, specifically the Greenways and work in the downtown core. But that wasn’t what the Olympic Committee wanted to see-they loved the “suburbs” and housing of Mount Pleasant, with the post Victorian housing form, spilling gardens, and sidewalked lawns. This, they said, was a paradise.

So it is no surprise that “Vancouver Forest” has been created in Beijing, an  “oldey worldy”  smattering of  housing types with streets placed on a grid, trees and gardens. With 900 single family houses on 55 hectares, housing size varies from 3,000 to 5,000 square feet…

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