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Thread: Is most of British Columbia suitable for a cities?

  1. #1 Is most of British Columbia suitable for a cities? 
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    How expensive it would be to build a large cities in mountain regions similar to Southern BC?

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    Very expensive. Vancouver happens to be located on the Frazer River delta.
    There are actually 18 different cities grouped together in the Lower Mainland but most of us just lump them together and refer to the whole area as Vancouver.
    If you look at the cost of land and the problems with infrastructure then you see where most of the costs are.
    Land there is scarce and pricy, roads are hard to build without using up the precious land, and surprisingly there are constant water supply issues.

    The situation in the rest of the province is worse as far as building large cities go. Valleys tend to be narrow and the mountains make road building difficult, if not impossible.
    Any place on the coastal side of the mountains has problems with too much rain and on the interior of the mountain ranges there are usually rain shadow areas, with some places being almost deserts.

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    Cities usually develop in a geographically convenient place, or on a trading route, but usually both. A very common location is next to a river where a crossing is possible. The river provides fresh water, food, and transportation. As the city grows, a bridge will be built across the river, and a trading route develops because lots of people will come into the city to use the river crossing.

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    Another problem with British Columbia, is that government and real estate speculators got here before settlers. They were a tight clique, with control of all this "Crown Land" to be doled out as they thought best. Naturally, they reasoned that keeping the supply of land low - and prices unnaturally high - would be best for everybody. So even today only a smidgeon of the province is actually free to market, the rest is timber lease or parks or whatever excuses keep the market hungry.

    The topography doesn't lend itself to large cities because they'd have to straddle snowcapped mountains. But we learn from Japan that anything's possible with enough excavators, concrete, and tunneling equipment. For now, it's just cheaper to keep paving over Fraser Delta farmlands, or raising Terra Nova from the shallow waters of the submerged delta.

    One advantage is the enormous hydroelectric potential. Indeed we have some small industrial cities built to exploit this resource. I like to think someday BC will provide much of the world's sustainable energy.
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    A significant amount of British Columbia and other Canadian provinces also, is rugged mountainous terrain. This is not to say that development cannot take place, but the costs of doing so are much higher than working with terrain that is more level. Once these regions are destabilized by logging and excavation, the structures built upon them are at risk of landslides and flooding. A great deal of thought and engineering must go into the development of such terrain and B.C. has already been criticized for developing and selling land which has subsequently seen great damages from natural events.

    Landslide is a general term used to describe the down-slope movement of soil, rock and organic materials under the influence of gravity. It also describes the landform that results.

    British Columbia's steep, mountainous terrain, its complex geology, its high precipitation, both as rain and snow, its abundance of unconsolidated glacial sediments, and its geographic position astride the earthquake zone that surrounds the Pacific Ocean, all combine to make our province particularly susceptible to landslide activity. In fact, in British Columbia the loss of life and damage to property caused by landslides is greater than losses caused by other natural hazards such as earthquakes and flooding.
    Landslides in BC

    Every year, hikers and skiers are lost to landslides and avalanches while enjoying the rugged beauty of the province. It is beautiful, to be sure, but much of the region is dangerous even for casual travel and seasonal accommodation, let alone the infrastructure of a city. Travelers of the existing highways commonly face delays caused by weather and geological instability.
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    The roads in BC are almost all crooked, with constant curves everywhere so you can't travel them at normal highway speeds. You have to keep slowing down for the curves. The other problem with mountainous terrain is the uphills and downhills. From a shipping perspective, that means it requires more fuel to move your freight.

    A successful city needs the ability to ship materials into and out of it. After that, it needs a water supply, and electricity. And in the modern world, it needs internet of course.

    But shipping is the biggest issue of them all. If it's hard to ship goods into and out of a city, then the #1 purpose of a big city cannot be achieved - which is commerce. There is really no other purpose in even having big cities. They exist for trade. Otherwise everyone would live in small towns spread out across the countryside.

    But why would anyone want to drive up into the mountains in order to conduct their business? If there is any other option for them to take, they'll probably take the other option.
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