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The recent debate in Vancouver over a rezoning application from Rize Alliance to develop a site at Broadway and Kingsway has become incredibly polarized. You are either for or against it. On one side is a residents’ group, RAMP, who are opposed to the height and scale of the proposal, while the other side argues this proposal is necessary for a denser and more sustainable urban future for the City. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of middle ground in this debate.

What surprises me is how easily terms like “density” and “height” and “form” are thrown out to either support or critique each side. The impression I get is not only are these terms being used interchangeably, they are unfairly being used to label the other side. Are you anti-density if you do not support this development? Do supporters simply want Vancouver to become a tower city?…

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