What people said concerned them the most was a growing sense of isolation and disconnection. They said we live increasingly in silos, separated by ethnicity, culture, language, income, age and even geography. They lamented what they saw as a deepening civic malaise that has resulted in more people retreating from community activities. They said this corrosion of caring and social isolation hurts them personally and hurts their community.

Regardless of its textbook urban success with its new buildings, neighborhoods, geography and living standards, Vancouver also faces some disturbing truths about creeping isolation, loneliness, racial and ethnic intolerance and other psychosocial urban perils. Perhaps these are due to over gentrification and other actions, but recent survey by the Vancouver Foundation focuses on some tough issues in the community and raises critical questions most other economically developed cities are also facing.

Did hi-end urbanization become a socially divisive trend? Sort of walled living for the individuals with their own kinds? And what would the long term effects of these new problems be?

Somethings to ponder as we call this “an urban century” and most urbanisms these days are associated with “upgrading” the neighborhoods.

from Archinect http://archinect.com/