Bikes vs. cars: Who pays their fair share?

Bikes vs. cars: Who pays their fair share?. This news article is a few days old now, but it is quite a fascinating read considering that Don Cayo, a business-centric write at the Vancouver Sun, is writing this piece. It’s clear to him and Jerry Dobrovolny, the director of transportation at the City of Vancouver, that the cost of roads are paid mainly by property … Continue reading Bikes vs. cars: Who pays their fair share?

Karaoke and Restaurants

Can we ban karaoke in restaurants? I just returned from an aural assault on my Chinese dinner. I shouldn’t be all that surprised, though. There was a large party of like 18 tables at this Chinese restaurant. They were celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival (which was this past Wednesday). They were from a Village Society of some sort. I’m not sure what they’re official English name … Continue reading Karaoke and Restaurants

Monday Links

Here’s the past week’s readings and links. Not really reading that much this past week because of a crazy week at work.  Very short list. One in three cars could be electric cars in 20 years. Vancouver Sun Maps of Racial Makeup of NYC, Seattle, and Portland. Publicola Also, I couldn’t even get into my WordPress on Friday for the Foto Feature, so I’ll wait … Continue reading Monday Links

TransLink considers aerial gondola to SFU

TransLink considers aerial gondola to SFU – Vancouver Sun. Wow.  Busy news day on Wednesday.  TransLink is going to seriously consider a gondola/tram from Production Way Station to SFU.  It’s not the first mention of this potential project, but it is the first sign of serious consideration of the project.  It looks like TransLink is asking for proposals to be submitted for further review. If … Continue reading TransLink considers aerial gondola to SFU

Electric cars – a welcome relief, but not totally enviro friendly

Electric cars take off, quietly — Vancouver Sun, September 20, 2010. I’m as excited as the next person about the advent of truly consumer-ready electric cars.  It is definitely more environmentally friendly because it is zero-emissions.  However, we have to keep in mind that there are significant concerns about electric cars. One is the materials needed to create the specialized batteries.  These batteries are often … Continue reading Electric cars – a welcome relief, but not totally enviro friendly

Canadian border fees endangers 2nd Amtrak train

Canadian fee imperils popular Vancouver-Seattle rail service | Vancouver Sun Travel | 2nd daily Amtrak train to B.C. about to be canceled | Seattle Times Newspaper. It looks like the Canada Border Service Agency insists on additional fees for this great rail service between Vancouver and the rest of Cascadia – including Seattle and Portland. A $1,500 daily inspection fee by Canada’s border services agency … Continue reading Canadian border fees endangers 2nd Amtrak train

The Tyee – Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities

The Tyee – Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities. The Tyee has started a series of excerpt’s from Patrick Condon’s Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities: Design Strategies for the Post Carbon World.  One of his key arguments is that our North American cities were, at one time, models of sustainability when the streetcar dominated the cityscape.  A model that was quickly destroyed after World War II … Continue reading The Tyee – Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities

Monday Links

Here’s a few readings from the past week.  I think this week was a bit lean because of busy weekend with work. Fun and transport related Jarrett strikes blogging success with a post on public transportation made into Lego!! It looks totally fun and I would definitely look for these new kits in the Lego store the next time I’m in the States (way cheaper … Continue reading Monday Links

Friday Foto Feature – Revisiting Chinatown

I can’t believe how much Chinatown has changed over the years.  I haven’t really been to Chinatown in years for a real walk down all the streets.  It seems to have a new energy about it that is totally different from the Chinatown of the 80’s and 90’s when I used to go down for my hair cuts.  Plus all the heritage buildings make for … Continue reading Friday Foto Feature – Revisiting Chinatown