The man who built Vancouver has a grand plan for Abu Dhabi
By David George-Cosh, Canwest News Service
Published: Sunday, April 13, 2008
When Larry Beasley received an e-mail from Abu Dhabi government headhunters more than two years ago, he dismissed it as spam.
“I found out that they wanted me to develop a plan for [Abu Dhabi], that they wanted it to be one of the best cities in the world and that they had been doing a search for the person to lead the way,” Mr. Beasley said during an interview at the lavish “seven-star” Emirates Palace hotel.
The youthful-looking 59-year-old’s name kept popping up to the Emirati staffers, who were hearing about “the Vancouver Model,” a world-renowned planning concept that tightly packs in high-density buildings while discouraging car traffic as much as possible.
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