Please join us for our second BPRI Fall Quarter Border Colloquium on November 3, 2011. Preston Schiller, Visiting Lecturer in Regional and Urban Planning at Queen’s University and Adjunct Faculty in Canadian-American Studies at WWU, will discuss his current research on US & Canadian transportation and planning policy. Please note the colloquium will be held in College Hall 131.
To the casual eye, many Canadian urban areas appear similar to their U.S. counterparts: suburban sprawl, congested roads, and many struggling urban cores. Comparative analysis reveals a few similarities and many significant differences in terms of urban densities, amounts of individual driving, rates of car ownership, walking and transit use.
Transportation policies at the federal level of each country are vastly different. Examples, including comparison of "Cascadian Cities" Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland, as well as brief explorations of several other areas of similarity and contrast, such as Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's "stop the war against cars" demagoguery will be offered.