The Great Urban Debate, Seattle vs. Vancouver

The Great Urban Debate, Round One: Vancouver
June 16th, 2009

There are many varying topics presented throughout this debate -- it was difficult to decide what points to touch on in only 90 minutes. We met with the debate participants to choose which topics we felt were most pressing in each cities, as well as what things each city could learn from the other city.

Over the next few months, we hope to continue the conversation and really look into 'lessons learned' with both Seattle and Vancouver.

CBC Early Edition

CBC Early Edition had Gordon Price and Peter Steinbrueck on their show Tuesday morning before the first debate as a "mini-debate" to get people excited about the actual debates coming up.

The videos of the debate will be posted here on our blog early this week, so stay tuned!

Great Urban Debate: Follow Up

A Vancouver city planner summed up the debate well when he said: "Perfect debate - Vancouver is pleasant and 'well planned' while Seattle is bold but struggles to plan and be sustainable."

Over the next few weeks, we hope to continue the conversations that this debate has started. We will post clips from the debates with analyses and thoughts from different people in each city about how to address various issues that were raised.

Thanks to everyone who participated -- both events were lively and well attended and we hope that you will all continue the conversation with us!

The full versions of the debate will be available on the blog and on our website next week.

Following the Seattle Debate, Gordon Price and Peter Steinbrueck with their "keys to the city"

Live Webcast Information

Because of the anticipated numbers at both events, we will be offering a live webcast for both the Vancouver and Seattle debates.

If you have any questions, please let us know (contact us link to the right).