Author: Henry

metro babel restart

So much has happened in the past few years that I have not been able to blog at all. Let me share a quick recap of life since 2016.

  • started a family
  • got a promotion…reluctantly
  • a big family trip to Panama
  • the ol’ workplace moved to a new location
  • a work trip to Germany (yeah!)
  • something called the coronavirus happened (boo!)
  • ol’ workplace started to go to bits (double boo!!)
  • said goodbye to the ol’ workplace (epic boo!!!)
  • no work for a couple of months

Needless to say, I have had more important things than blogging to attend to. However, it might be time to bring metro babel back out of the shadows.

And here is what it’s going to look like:

If you think that looks like a YouTube thumbnail, then you’d be right. I’m moving to create material on YouTube. So most of the posts from here on in will simply be YouTube posts because that will eat up all my extra time in filming, editing, creating, and getting the word out about each video. So I plan to cross-post onto the blog, but most of the content will be found on YouTube.

Things are still in the works. So stay tuned…literally.

Hello 2018

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Hi everyone,

If you are still all visiting my blog or still subscribed to it, then thank you very much. I have not blogged much over the past year and a bit because I’ve been very busy with my twin boys. They came in the Fall of 2016 and life has not been the same.

So I will occasionally come back and update this blog, but I don’t foresee myself doing regular updates like I used to. I’m going to aim for monthly round-up of my thoughts on anything in the realm of transit, cycling, city or culture. Thank you for your patience and for your subscriptions.

BC Election – Neither Liberals or NDP understand tolls

It’s been a long time since my last post, but recent transportation news is too big to ignore. Both the major political parties have announced their stances on tolls.

On the same day the Liberals announced they would cap tolls on the Port Mann and Golden Ears Bridges at $500 a year starting Jan. 1, 2018 — a move that could cut a motorist’s driving costs by up to $1,000 a year — NDP leader John Horgan stole the Liberals’ thunder by promising to get rid of tolls for both bridges altogether if elected.

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Evergreen Line is Go!

With two new boys in my life, I wasn’t able to step away from home to experience the opening of the Evergreen Extension of the Millennium Line. Besides, it was a miserable, rainy day. Plus, I’m almost a week after the opening day releasing this post. Life happens.

The stickers are off and the Evergreen Line is Go!

In lieu of my own photos and video, I thought you could partake in some videos yourself scattered across YouTube.

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Mural Search – Mount Pleasant

After walking from the Olympic Village and snaking my way up to Broadway, I finally went south of Broadway. The Burrard Arts Foundation (BAF) was my first stop.

This small art gallery had been done up in mostly graffiti style murals, but there was at least one First Nations themed piece and one that I can’t quite describe.

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Mural Search – South Main

The mural search took a huge detour for lunch. I found myself at the Starbucks at the very edge of the Olympic Village. All I had was my iPhone and the Starbucks app to pay for food and drink. At least I had something.

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I also decided to open up my Pokemon GO to see if anything was going on in the hood. That’s when I realized there was a blooming triple-lure spot. Couldn’t help but plunk myself in the Bird Plaza for about an hour to rest up my feet before setting out for more murals 😛

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Mural Search – False Creek Flats

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South of the Main Street SkyTrain Station and Terminal Avenue, one can find a collection of the newest murals in Vancouver. If you don’t mind walking off the beaten path into the industrial False Creek Flats, you will be duly rewarded with artful surprises. Look for the Fontile Kitchen & Bath & Store and the Tim Horton’s. Those two business mark the southern corners of Station Street and Terminal Avenue. Head south until you find the giant red/peach mural on a warehouse wall on the west side of the street. Stand there and get to “Knot Yourself.”

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Station Street – North of Terminal Ave

The Vancouver Mural Festival had taken place on August 20. I didn’t have time to go out and take in all the murals that day. However, the Friday after I went in search of the murals on a hot and sunny morning.

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I got off the SkyTrain at Main Street Station and went north thinking there might be some murals between the SkyTrain and the viaducts. At least that’s what the Vancouver Mural Festival map suggested to me.

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Joyce-Collingwood Precinct – a brief history

Welcome to my hood. This is Joyce-Collingwood. I’m still not used to the long version of the Skytrain station name. I still just call it Joyce Station. However, Collingwood is the official name of the neighbourhood, hence the hyphenated name.

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Well before I was ever around, this area of Collingwood was a lake where the Musqueam nation used to hunt and gather food. When colonial settlement happened, European settlers found that they could drain the lake and use the fertile soil for farming. In 1891, the Interurban tram opened along the very same alignment as today’s SkyTrain. The Interurban brought people, housing and businesses into the area.

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