VHF Burrard Street Walk – Revisiting the Marine Building

I said I would visit the Marine Building again one day after my last tour of it with the Vancouver Heritage Foundation.  However, it took another VHF tour to get me back to the building.  This time, instead of walking down West Hastings, we were starting a Burrard Street heritage walking tour.  Again, the Art Deco designs with the local Pacific Northwest touches is an … Continue reading VHF Burrard Street Walk – Revisiting the Marine Building

Road Tripping – Revelstoke Railway Museum

Revelstoke, BC – Population: 7,139.  It’s not exactly the first place you’d think about for a railway museum.  However, this tiny little mountain town does have historic ties to the Canadian Pacific Railway and the local resource industries.  At $10 per adult, it’s not a very expensive admission price for a fair sized museum complete with railyard in the back and two actual engines in … Continue reading Road Tripping – Revelstoke Railway Museum

Chinatown Walking Tour – East along Pender

Continuing our Chinatown Historic Tour put on by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation, we headed back east along Pender Street.  We walked under the Millennium Gate that marks the entry into Chinatown from Downtown.  Almost every Chinatown in North America has a similar gate.  We just didn’t get ours until the turn of the millennium. We walked past our starting point at Pender and Carrall towards … Continue reading Chinatown Walking Tour – East along Pender

Chinatown Walking Tour – Pender and Carral to Shanghai Alley

Back in June, I went on another walking tour put on by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation and lead by none other than Maurice Guibord.  These tours are always so much fun. We met up at the corner of Pender and Carrall.  We started looking at the building on the northwest corner of the intersection. Maurice pointed out that the building had two different facades.  One … Continue reading Chinatown Walking Tour – Pender and Carral to Shanghai Alley

Changes for future municipal elections?

Here’s a personal wishlist for future civic elections.  I think one of these wishes is already set to happen for the next election. 1. Cap spending for municipal elections and limit donations We need to even the ground for the municipal elections.   A lot of smaller cities run election campaigns from a candidate’s kitchen table.  In Vancouver, the two biggest parties have their own little … Continue reading Changes for future municipal elections?

What Can Local Politicians Really Change?

I think this is a question that a lot of people ask themselves, but usually in a rhetorical fashion.  A lot of people believe that local politicians can’t do anything.  This results in large voter apathy for municipal elections.  As many as half the people in the city don’t know a civic election is happening this month.  You would think the lawn signs have tipped … Continue reading What Can Local Politicians Really Change?

VanSun says “Transit taxes odious but necessary…”

Transit taxes odious but necessary for growth of city — Vancouver Sun, July 13, 2011 It’s not everyday that I agree with editorial from the Vancouver Sun. The Vancouver Sun weighs in after Christy Clark “throws Blair Lekstrom under the Evergreen Line.” It’s nice to see for once a mainstream newspaper supporting transit initiatives and funding for transit in general. The Vancouver Sun makes a … Continue reading VanSun says “Transit taxes odious but necessary…”

High-Tech Bike Storage Facility Opens in Buchanan Tower

High-Tech Bike Storage Facility Opens in Buchanan Tower. Universities have always been places of innovation.  So it’s nice to see UBC have some brand new fangled bike racks.  Too bad UBC has always been way out of riding radius.  Even biking to work is a long stretch for me.  I’m not in the favoured 5 km radius from work.  Fun looking racks, though.  The article … Continue reading High-Tech Bike Storage Facility Opens in Buchanan Tower

TransLink plans – expand, maintain, or cut services

The Tri-City News – TransLink plan leaves room for province to sign on, charge new tolls. This is probably the best piece of news that summarizes the current situation that TransLink finds themselves in and the options they are considering.  So instead of reinventing the wheel, I’ll link to the article.  Jeff Nagel does pretty good writing for one of our local papers. There’s also … Continue reading TransLink plans – expand, maintain, or cut services