about

metro:
  • re: cities and all things urban
  • re: metros and rail systems, plus transit systems around the world
babel:
  • re: languages and cultures, their interaction
  • re: confusion of the babble around us
I’m a bi-cultural Canadian who is interested in all things urban. How do cities run and how can they run better? How do urban society and people interact? What is going on in my city that is changing the attitudes and fabric of the urban landscape.
I also have an interest in different languages and different cultures. How does one culture differ from another? How can we better understand one another when we’re from different cultures? How do we build a mutual appreciation, acceptance, and participation of all the cultures in the world? How do we slice through the confusion and static of prejudice and stereotypes and arrive at a true understanding and appreciation of others outside of our daily lives?
You’ll also find my travel posts here where I take a somewhat urban and transit bent on some of my travels.
if you must email me, then send to metrobabel at gmail dot com.  Thanks.

9 comments

  1. Hi there –

    I think your blog and your ideas are very interesting. It was my first visit today and I will be back again.

    I’m an urban planner living in Edmonton, Alberta, and I think we are asking a lot of the same questions. So from one blogger (www.cityplanner.ca) to another, greetings, keep up the good work. 🙂

    Cheers,
    Myron Belej

  2. Hi there – great blog.
    I am looking for a high rez image of the elephant ear booth at Saturday Market in PDX and saw a great shot you have on Flickr and on this blog.
    Would you be interested in sharing it with our readers?
    We would give you a photo credit, link to your URL.

    Thanks,
    Jessica Davis
    Editor, NW Kids Magazine
    http://www.nwkids.com
    503.282.2711, ext. 2

  3. Hi,

    I’d like to send you an email regarding a blog entry you published last September 17, 2008 about the UBC Chinese Varsity Club. What email address can I send it to?

    Thanks!

  4. Hi.
    I like your blog pretty much, as I am someho interested in the same things.
    Especially your articles about China, Chinese and so on are very interesting, as I’ve been to Beijing for one year in 2008/2009.
    I learned Chinese there and started to love the urban spaces surrounding me. So I guess, I’ll visit your blog again in the future. 🙂

    I started blogging myself some weeks ago. My blog (www.yanuo.wordpress.com) is mainly about Chinese, my experiences with the language and so on ….

    Anyways, I like your blog. Keep up the good work. 🙂

    Arne

  5. Hi! There’s a lecture titled “Creating Places for People – The Melbourne Experience” from RMIT at Simon Fraser U tonight 10/4/11 about transportation and Melbourne, AU by Rob Adams:

    Rob Adams is an architect and urban designer, Director of City Design at the City of Melbourne, Australia. He won multiple awards as the leader of the revitalization of the Melbourne City Centre and surrounds, helping to create a vibrant city streetscape with innovative design features. Since the mid 1980s he has worked at the City of Melbourne. He is a regular lecturer at RMIT and at the University of Melbourne, where he has been a Professorial Fellow since 2004.

    Note that SFU has a city program and public lectures if you miss this one. 😀

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