Replacing the city’s two high-profile planning directors — Larry Beasley and Ann McAfee — in 2006 was a major hiring decision of former mayor Sam Sullivan’s administration. The man who was chosen to succeed them was Brent Toderian, a high-energy planner from Calgary who had big ideas about urbanism.
It’s been three years since Toderian was hired and, one thing is for sure, there isn’t anyone in the city’s small planning/architecture/development world who doesn’t have a strong opinion about him. Partly that’s just because he’s really out there, arguing his case, as readers of this blog will know from seeing his comments here.
I certainly had my ears filled in the past couple of years, as I’ve covered the hall, and in particular in the past few months, as I was doing research for a story about what impact he’s having in the city.
My latest column in Vancouver magazine takes a look at what he’s accomplished — and where he’s run into some walls.