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Imaginative Cities: Vancouver as an “Image Creation Announcement of Vancouver’s successful bid for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, July 1, 2003 (Elvin Wyly)
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The “city as a growth machine” The theory of the city-as-a-growth machine emphasizes the interplay between political struggles between and within cities. Will this new growth go to your city, or to another city? The logic is simple: Next year, the economy will produce a certain number of new jobs, new residents, and new investments.
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Aerial view of West Coast Shipyards, False Creek, Vancouver, December 2, 1942 The City works yard and incinerator are on the south shore of False Creek; to the left is the Connaught Bridge (later replaced by the Cambie Street Bridge) Source: City of Vancouver Archives, AM54-S4, Air P26.
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In the industrial age, city growth machines competed for factory jobs -- “smokestack chasing.” But as manufacturing jobs disappeared due to automation and reorganization of the ‘global assembly line,’ cities compete for various “postindustrial” activities. Travel and tourism have become increasingly important, and so have various events that cities compete for the “right” to serve as “host.” Professional meetings and conventions Meetings of diplomats, trade negotiators, and
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  • Fall '12
  • Wyly
  • Olympic Games, Summer Olympic Games, International Olympic Committee, Winter Olympic Games, 2010 Winter Olympics

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