Shifting Gears II – Walking « Stephen Rees’s blog

Shifting Gears II – Walking >> Stephen Rees’s Blog [I am totally behind in everything these days.  I’ll conveniently blame it on summer 🙂 ] It looks like our good friend Stephen was at one of those great free public lectures that are held downtown.  This one was at UBC Robson Square. I especially like this graph about the health costs of different transport interventions.  … Continue reading Shifting Gears II – Walking « Stephen Rees’s blog

Summer Spaces – Car-free Sundays across Vancouver

Car-free Sundays get green light from Vancouver >> CBC.ca The city of Vancouver has recently approved four car free Sundays this summer.  The new initiative is part of the Summer Spaces proposal by the city of Vancouver.   (The official PDF report can be found at the city website). The neighbourhoods which will be holding these Summer Spaces are Commercial Drive, Collingwood, Gastown, and Mount Pleasant.  Mount … Continue reading Summer Spaces – Car-free Sundays across Vancouver

Proposed greenway upsets residents

Proposed greenway upsets residents >> Vancouver Courier, June 17, 2009. I must say that this isn’t the greenway along 45th Avenue that I was hoping for; however, any greenway crossing South Vancouver would be welcome.  Especially with the Canada Line’s new pedestrian and cyclist bridge about to open, there will be some opportunities to link up that bridge traffic to the proposed greenway along 59th … Continue reading Proposed greenway upsets residents

Local News | Beacon Hill’s light-rail station filled with colorful art | Seattle Times Newspaper

Local News | Beacon Hill’s light-rail station filled with colorful art | Seattle Times Newspaper. Here’s a good story on Seattle’s new light rail line.  I’m actually reading more positive stuff about Seattle’s light rail than I am about anything on the Canada Line here in Vancouver.  Art inside a deep underground tunnel does make a difference to the transit experience.  I doubt the Canada … Continue reading Local News | Beacon Hill’s light-rail station filled with colorful art | Seattle Times Newspaper

Tyee Series on Rail in the Lower Mainland

Part One: The Myth of High Speed Rail Part Two: Obama’s Billions bypass BC Part Three: Ottawa Halts Vancouver Train Part Four:  Rail Fix: Two Tracks to Langley Monte Paulsen over at The Tyee recently completed a four-part series about rail in the Lower Mainland.  More specifically, he was reporting on the the optimistic media reports on Obama’s millions for high-speed rail reaching our corner … Continue reading Tyee Series on Rail in the Lower Mainland

The Newly Opened High Line in NYC

Visiting the High Line: An Amazing New Park Opens in Manhattan >> Fast Company Here’s an amazing new public “park” in New York City.  The High Line is an old elevated rail line in Manhattan that was scheduled for demoltion many years ago.  However, two New Yorkers and a few years later, they have saved the High Line and it is now an impressive new … Continue reading The Newly Opened High Line in NYC

Sign Singing at The Western Front

IAN SKEDD: Sign Singing: Love Will Tear Us Apart, Joy Division, 1979, Deaf Choir, 2009   Here’s a cool art installation at the Western Front Society on 303 East 8th Avenue (near Main Street) in Vancouver.  Here’s a song that most of us know – Love Will Tear Us Apart – but in a language few would ever think it could be sung in – … Continue reading Sign Singing at The Western Front

Vancouverism VS Motordom – aq April 2008

Vancouverism VS Motordom – aq April 2008. Picked this article up through Price Tags.  It’s written by Larry Beasley, former head planner at the City of Vancouver, for aq, the magazine of Simon Fraser University.  It doesn’t say much that is new to me, but it does give a good summary of the history of urban planning in Vancouver and the development of “Vancouverism” with … Continue reading Vancouverism VS Motordom – aq April 2008