Population > 2.1 million
Leading indicator > The world's most livable city, according to a Mercer survey
Fast companies > Electronic Arts; Relic Entertainment; 1-800-GOT-JUNK?
Vancouver is home to a booming electronic-gaming industry and a bustling port--not to mention the 2010 Olympics. Its EcoDensity initiative aims to focus that growth by developing more crowded neighborhoods at the city center. The dual goal: to build sustainable neighborhoods with the scale to make green energy technologies affordable and to preserve surrounding forest and mountain ecosystems.
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