I met recently with a couple of big-wigs at Vancouver City Hall. We were discussing the blowback from some of the City’s plans to increase density in some neighbourhoods as a way of accommodating growth. The public is complaining, saying that the City’s consultation process is ‘broken’. Maybe it’s not the process that is the problem, maybe it is simply the rate of change. Vancouver is in the process of completely transforming itself–forests of new skyscrapers now crowd out quieter neighbourhoods, the traffic is crazy, prices are nuts, etc. I actually agree with most of the City’s initiatives, especially those that support compact, pedestrian oriented development–but maybe it is just too much too fast. There is something to be said for incremental growth.