Update: Last night we heard Ellen Dunham-Jones speak at Simon Fraser University in Surrey. It was exciting and encouraging to see what can be done to the aging suburbs with just a little vision, some forward thinking and the willingness to allow change to come to the neighbourhood.
The condensed TED Talks video link below gives an excellent summary of the potential of the suburbs.
She will aslo be taking part in an all day symposium Beyond Downtown at UBC on Friday Feb 8th.
Have a look at a short TED Talks presentation with Dunham-Jones and her unique take on what decades of suburban sprawl and short-sighted planning has meant for the suburbs. She addresses smart and in many cases easy and inexpensive ways to turn a place around. Watch video here