Sapporo Streetcar

Apart from the buses and subway system in Sapporo. There is also the Sapporo Streetcar. The Sapporo Streetcar runs in what almost looks like an L-shaped loop, but the loop is incomplete at one end. So the two termini of the line are literally two blocks apart from each other.

Looking east from the Susukino Streetcar stop

These two end stops both start in the busy Susukino district of Sapporo. Susukino is Sapporo’s entertainment district. It’s home to a whole whack of restaurants, host/hostess clubs, and other businesses of the night. Susukino is where you will also find the largest collection of neon billboards and adverts in town. This area really shines through at night.

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Hakodate Weekend 函館の週末 – Day 2

 

Fish your own cuttlefish out and have it cooked for you

The next morning, we hit up the Morning Market near Hakodate Station. This is basically a seafood market that lies directly south of the Hakodate Station. During most of the day, this market is quiet. However, in the morning, the stalls are open for business for you to try out the freshest in seafood that Hakodate has to offer.

The freshest seafood also comes at a bit of price. The fresh cuttlefish that you can fish out on your own can cost about ¥1300 depending on what the market price is that day. It’s not the cheapest, but I guess it’s a fun experience. However, it is a fun experience we ended up passing on.

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Losing the Vancouver Historic Streetcar

It looks like another piece of Vancouver history is disappearing. It’s unfortunate that the city is no longer going to support this fine piece of Vancouver history. I was fortunate enough to have ridden the streetcar a couple of years ago. It was a nice, idyllic ride from Olympic Village station to Granville Island. It was really the best way to reach Granville Island without a car.

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Edmonton High Level Streetcar

Attention train/transportation/transit fans:  There’s a great streetcar ride available in Edmonton, Alberta.  Coming from Vancouver, I have enjoyed our own local historic streetcar.  Unfortunately for 2012, the Transit Museum Society didn’t run the streetcar. However, the Edmonton Radial Railway Society seems to be fairly robust with at least 3 streetcars in their rolling stock and trams that run daily during the summer. First off, we … Continue reading Edmonton High Level Streetcar

Edmonton’s Old Strathcona

We spent part of our time in Edmonton along Whyte Avenue in Old Strathcona. I think Whyte Ave is the most truly urban part of Edmonton. Small independent stores, bars and restaurants line the street. There is the odd interjection of car dealerships that disrupts the urban walk, though. On one night we went to a New Orleans diner on the recommendation of our friend’s … Continue reading Edmonton’s Old Strathcona

Opening and Construction Starts Planned for 2012 « The Transport Politic

Opening and Construction Starts Planned for 2012 « The Transport Politic. The Transport Politic is one of my favourite blogs to follow.  Most of what he covers is about the United States since he’s based there.  Also, he provides what seems to be an inside look at the financing side of transportation projects across North America.  He’s just released his newest graphic/map for 2012.  It’s … Continue reading Opening and Construction Starts Planned for 2012 « The Transport Politic

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

Olympic Transit success leads to new possibilities

With the Winter Olympics almost over, many news outlets are raving about how transit has handled record crowds and how quiet the streets have been.  CityCaucus.com‘s Daniel wrote about how thin traffic has been.  Anyone who has been doing their regular commute in from the burbs has noticed how quick their commutes have been.  It’s been a combination of people using transit and people skipping … Continue reading Olympic Transit success leads to new possibilities