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VIDEO: Canadian City Planner On What Oklahoma City Can Learn From Vancouver

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Since 2002, Oklahoma City’s mayor has hosted a Development Roundtable to bring together local leaders and outside experts for conversation about the city’s expansion, progress, and improvement.

Mayor Mick Cornett hosted the 13th gathering May 7, with a keynote address by Larry Beasley, the retired Chief Planner for the City of Vancouver in British Columbia. In 2004 the Canadian government recognized him for turning Vancouver’s “downtown core into a vibrant, livable urban community.”

Watch the 2014 Oklahoma City Mayor's Development Roundtable below. Beasley's presentation "Livability and Sustainability—The Fundamental Shapers of Tomorrow’s Successful Cities" begins at 2:31, while his second address "Bringing People Home—Regeneration Through Repopulation: The Example of Vancouver’s “Living First Strategy” starts at 1:58:23.



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Brian Hardzinski is from Flower Mound, Texas and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He began his career at KGOU as a student intern, joining KGOU full time in 2009 as Operations and Public Service Announcement Director. He began regularly hosting Morning Edition in 2014, and became the station's first Digital News Editor in 2015-16. Brian’s work at KGOU has been honored by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters, and local and regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists. Brian enjoys competing in triathlons, distance running, playing tennis, and entertaining his rambunctious Boston Terrier, Bucky.
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