Living in Gunter’s world: Metro Vancouver urban planning

How was Metro Vancouver laid out?

The Fraser Valley suburbs or Lower Mainland of British Columbia urban planning is unlike older cities in the world, in that we know who made the decisions and why.

This video helps understand urban planning for Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey, Delta, Coquitlam, North Vancouver, Maple Ridge, Aldergrove, Abbotsford, etc. Look at the maps of these cities. The straight and perpendicular lines at times defied natural features.

Under the English Queen Elizabeth I (reigned 1558 – 1603) a priest named Edmund Gunter developed the measures that now frame our modern world. The two standards used were the 66 foot Gunter’s Chain and the 100 foot Ramsden’s Chain (or Engineer’s Chain).

Two hundred years later, still using Gunter’s measurements, Colonel Richard Moody (1813 – 1887) laid out the skeleton of Metro Vancouver which are now as immutable as any geologic formation.

We still live within the constraints of their decisions.

This video explains the size of our blocks and streets and why North Road and Boundary Road are where they are.
For citizens, tourists, visitors, those wanting explained house prices and real estate how the region developed.

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