Vancouver: Complacent about rapid growth? Lessons for NB?
I love following the debates that go on in other cities across Canada. Take Vancouver, ex-City Planners are ‘concerned’ that the current leadership is not doing enough to prepare the city for the rapid growth expected over the next 40 years. The article states that Metro Vancouver (the CMA) is expected to grow to around seven million by 2050.
The Vancouver CMA has 2.3 million today.
That is why I had to chuckle when I read this article.
Imagine if Moncton was planning to 420,000 people by 2050? Or Saint John 400,000 by 2050? Or how about the Halifax CMA planning to be 1.2 million by 2050?
It’s just not in our DNA to think like that.
Moncton, for example, grew its population by over nine percent from 2006 to 2011. At that growth rate between here and 2052, the CMA would grow to more than 350,000 people – based on a proven growth rate (albeit a very short one).
If anyone was really expecting Moncton to grow to 350,000 people in my lifetime (84 in 2052), they would be raising the same red flag as the ex-City Planners in Vancouver.
We just don’t think that way.