urban issues in British Columbia Kumtuks video gallery – urban issues [wpforms id=”443″ description=”true”] Three Waves Urban Reform: BC and Vancouver HistoryThe story of urban reform in Canada can be understood in terms of waves. Here are some highlights of how Vancouver, Victoria, New Westminster and other BC cities were affected. British Columbia and Vancouver history can be better understood through this analysis. Kumtuks is a video blog that shares knowledge and explores new narratives. First Wave Urban Reform: Planning history in British Columbia and VancouverThe Municipal Reform Act of 1835 initiated by Earl Grey brought cities in the UK into the modern world. This reform wave hit Canada in the form of the Baldwin Act of 1849 which set the standard for all Canadian cities. Kumtuks is a video blog that shares knowledge and explores new narratives. Second Wave Urban Reform: Planning history in British Columbia and VancouverThe Progressive Movement arose in the late 1800s in the US. It was a reaction against the corruption and incompetence that came out of earlier democratic reforms. Science, technology and professionals were revolutionizing life; people were hopeful about applying these to civic government. Kumtuks is a video blog that shares knowledge and explores new narratives. Third Wave Urban Reform: Planning History in British Columbia and VancouverThe emphasis on technology and professionals arising out of the Second Wave was not the panacea hoped for. Citizen groups pushed back against experts in Canada’s Third Wave of urban reform. Kumtuks is a video blog that shares knowledge and explores new narratives. Some quotes and descriptors have been adjusted for clarity and brevity. Urban Density: Urban planning and sprawl in British Columbia and VancouverIn the 1970s, British Columbia cities adopted policies and processes to resist densification. As Mayor of Vancouver I started the EcoDensity Initiative to counter these. Only cities have the mandate to permit the density needed to reduce house prices and environmental degradation. Better Governance Model for CitiesCanadian cities were established 150 years ago with a very simple structure. Returning to established principles of good government could lead us to reform municipal governance and give us better, healthier cities. Good urban planning and densification is often stymied by political processes that allow small groups with vested interests to veto good proposals.