The comments under this Charlie Smith article in the Straight about the city’s Cambie corridor development plan are a nice illustration of a weird dynamic in Vancouver’s discussion of rapid transit.  There’s a tendency for people on the left to dislike developers.  And since developers can build and sell denser housing around rapid transit, developers like rapid transit.  So rapid transit must be bad!  Or something like that.

But high-density transit-oriented development–if done right–means more people living in walkable neighbourhoods, where they have the option to live without a car!  That’s not to say increasing density around rapid transit nodes is the one and only key our Glorious Green Future, but it’s really not a bad thing.

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