Inhabitat » Taiwan’s Solar Stadium is 100% Powered by the Sun

Inhabitat » Taiwan’s Solar Stadium is 100% Powered by the Sun. Put this one under the category of “WOW!”  A 100% solar powered stadium is such a simple idea that I’m surprised nobody had built one earlier.  With such a huge structure, you could easily cover it with photovoltaic cells and power the whole sucker.  I’m not sure what the average amount of sunlight is … Continue reading Inhabitat » Taiwan’s Solar Stadium is 100% Powered by the Sun

Housing affordability tied to density | Straight.com

Housing affordability tied to density | Straight.com. Here’s an idea that won’t make many friends in Vancouver.  We’re pretty entrenched in the idea of preserving the view envelope and opposing anything over 10 stories tall.  Vancouver has very few examples of economically viable density projects.  Yaletown and the Concord Pacific lands are an example where increased density also helped to pay for a huge investment … Continue reading Housing affordability tied to density | Straight.com

Tunnel two-step: buses & trains | Seattle Times

Tunnel two-step: buses & trains | Seattle Times Newspaper. I definitely know this until reading this article.  Seattle’s bus tunnel will now be a train and bus tunnel.  That just sort of blows my mind.  Buses and trains will have to line up for the same station platforms.  This will be very interesting to see work. The idea is not totally new for light rail … Continue reading Tunnel two-step: buses & trains | Seattle Times

Seattle Light Rail set to open this year

July 18, 2009 is the big day for a new era of transit in Seattle.  All right.  New era is probably a bit much, but things will definitely be changing.  The Link, Seattle’s new light rail line will run from Seattle’s downtown to Tukwila in the south. In Cascadia, that brings the big three metro areas all up to rapid transit status.  Vancouver has two SkyTrain lines … Continue reading Seattle Light Rail set to open this year

Portland: Quest for the Livable City, a Documentary Film Chronicling Struggle for Sustainablity, Debuts May 4

Portland: Quest for the Livable City, a Documentary Film Chronicling Struggle for Sustainablity It looks like I’ve had a lot of Portland on my mind.  Here’s an interesting documentary film that is actually the third in a series from the Lincoln Institute of Land Planning.  It was recently released on PBS stations across the States.  Unfortunately, I’m without cable/satellite, so I don’t get PBS anymore. … Continue reading Portland: Quest for the Livable City, a Documentary Film Chronicling Struggle for Sustainablity, Debuts May 4

How high speed rail has revived small town Spain | Planning Pool

How high speed rail has revived small town Spain | Planning Pool. Here’s more on high speed rail.  If rail were to become part of the Pacific Northwest landscape, it could change the way smaller towns compete economically. The Wall Street Journal printed an article last Monday about the success of the Spanish high speed passenger rail network, named AVE (meaning both Spanish high speed … Continue reading How high speed rail has revived small town Spain | Planning Pool

Is Cascadia’s train coming in?

Is Cascadia’s train coming in?. Here’s a piece that follows closely along what Miro Cernitig wrote a few weeks ago on Obama hoping to put $8 billion US into a high-speed rail corridor from Vancouver, BC to Eugene, OR.  Economically, it will give us closer ties to both Washington and Oregon states.  A lot more business could transpire between BC and the large multinationals headquartered … Continue reading Is Cascadia’s train coming in?

globeandmail.com: Province warned Gateway project would hurt wildlife

globeandmail.com: Province warned Gateway project would hurt wildlife. Even the mainstream media can’t avoid reporting this one.  They’ve ignored all the opposition to the Gateway Project for the most part.  However, a big revelation that the Environmental Assessment was a total crock could not be overlooked. Serious and irreversible damage is expected.  If the Environmental Assessment and the scientists at the Ministry of Environment were … Continue reading globeandmail.com: Province warned Gateway project would hurt wildlife

High Speed Rail in Cascadia

Time for Vancouver to get aboard Obama’s Cascadia Express << Vancouver Sun, April 27, 2009 As a part of President Obama’s new infrastructure plans, he has targeted high speed rail corridors across the United States.  The only one in North America right now is the Boston-New York-Washington, D.C. Acela train.  The Pacific Northwest is an important region in North America and it make senses for … Continue reading High Speed Rail in Cascadia

W Broadway & Vine – Connaught Apartments

A Kitsilano cowboy with a heritage touch << Vancouver Sun It’s nice to come across this little piece in the Sun the other day.  It’s about an apartment that I have had the joy of walking past and actually being in, as well.  Unfortunately, I was only in the coffee shop on the corner and not the rest of the building.  The rest of the … Continue reading W Broadway & Vine – Connaught Apartments