Excerpts from the book Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities: Design Strategies for the Post Carbon World by University of British Columbia urban planning professor Patrick Condon. This self-help guide for the planet lays out seven interconnected steps to a more sustainable world. Condon holds the James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Liveable Environments.
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Rule 1 for sustainable communities: Restore the streetcar city.
Rule 2 for sustainable communities: Design an interconnected street system.
Rule 3 for sustainable communities: Locate commercial services, frequent transit and schools within a five-minute walk.
Rule 4 for sustainable communities: Locate good jobs close to affordable homes.
Rule 5 for sustainable communities: Provide a diversity of housing types.
Rule 6 for sustainable communities: Create a linked system of natural areas and parks.
Rule 7 for sustainable communities: invest in lighter, greener, cheaper, smarter infrastructure.
The author of 'Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities' adapts his formula to fit BC's most populous region. Last in a series.