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Gordon Price was was born in 1949. He received his high school and university education in Victoria. In 1972, Price was one of the first people to be employed with the BC Legislature's Hansard. Next, undertaking some freelance writing and editing projects, he worked for the Tourism Ministry, BC Hydro, the Ministry of Forests (particularly ForesTalk magazine), and the Outdoor Recreation Council. In the early 1980s, he and his neighbours in Vancouver's West End established CROWE (Concerned Residents of the West End), an organization that lobbied government to address the problem of street prostitution. In 1983, the City's Social Planning Department hired him on short-term contract as West End Community Coordinator. In this role, he helped develop the West End Citizens Advisory Committee and acted as liaison between the Committee and various levels of government, with a view to improving the livability of the area. He was also a founding member of AIDS Vancouver (1983) and served as its Information and Education Officer from 1985 to 1986.
Price was elected to Vancouver City Council in 1986, where he served as a councillor until 2002. During this time, he participated on various Council standing committees, commissions, and task forces concerning finance, transportation, land use, and the environment. He also sat on the board of the Greater Vancouver Regional District and was appointed to the first board of the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (TransLink).
After leaving City Council, Gordon Price continued to explore issues of urban development and transportation, writing and lecturing in Canada and the United States. He has participated in such organizations as the International Centre for Sustainable Cities and Northwest Environment Watch. He has also taught at the University of British Columbia s School of Community and Regional Planning. He serves as director of the CITY Program for Simone Fraser University.