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Vancouverism in Boston & Revisiting 'the Zone'

We’re halfway through the worldwide collective ski holiday in British Columbia that is the Vancouver Olympics. What have we learned? The first three notes of “Oh Canada” and NBC’s Olympics theme are the same; cheese does not heal deep muscle bruises when applied topically; and Vancouver is the most livable city in the world.

What does Vancouver have that Boston doesn’t? For one thing, a style of urban planning named after it. One of the people at the heart of downtown Vancouver’s stunning redevelopment into a universally lauded example of livable urban design was in Boston recently; acclaimed urban planner Larry Beasley joins us this week to talk about what Boston can learn from Vancouver.

As part of the dicussion, we’ll talk about the Chiofaro Company’s controversial proposal to redevelop the Harbor Garage with a tall pair of mixed-use waterfront towers. Don Chiofaro shows off his design:

Also this week, there’s a new exhibit at the Howard Yezerski Gallery chronicling Boston’s bygone red light district: the Combat Zone. We’ll visit the exhibit and swap memories with legendary Combat Zone performer Louise Wightman, AKA Princess Cheyenne!

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