2 Planners, 5 Countries, 7 Cities, 25 Days, Lotsa Learning: Part 1 Vancouver and Minneapolis

There is nothing like going to see how things are done elsewhere to learn how to do things better, to be inspired, and to top up one’s enthusiasm and skills. Our firm, Buckley Vann Town Planning Consultants, has as its goal “Better Outcomes for People and Places”, and has recently added a product lines called Buckley Vann International, which provides the opportunity to enrich our services with the vast experience of two of my long term colleagues, Warren Rowe and Gary White.

Warren and I have done may planning tours together, and in the spirit of continuing our collective professional development, we headed off around the world in April/May this year to add more to our knowledge. Out itinerary was Vancouver, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, Helsinki and Oslo, in 25 days. We also managed to slip in a day trip to Tallinn! One theme to the trip was looking at transit and how it influences built form.

Even though the trip was quick, we sure covered some ground. I’ve just put together the first of four “Storify” articles about where we went, what we did, and what we learnt. Read it here

This first post covers Vancouver and Minneapolis. I’m planning three more – one on the big cities of Chicago and New York, one about the Scandinavian cities of Helsinki and Oslo, and the last one aiming to bring together the big “take home” messages that we actually did, err…. take home.

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