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The will to motorize: from utility to desire

“In 1927, for the first time since it introduced the Model T, Ford lost its sales lead to General Motors, never again to regain it.” “Henry Ford came out with his “re-styled” Model A. The era of styling began.” ‘Actually, the problem the automobile industry was grappling with was on of maintaining a sales pace […]

50% of all trips made by foot, bike or transit. Lets keep expanding the network

Add your name in support of better and safer active transportation network in Vancouver It’s hard not to be happy and have a smile on your face when you are riding a bike in Vancouver. What a wonderful weekend for riding it was. It’s really starting to feels like summer now that the sun is […]

Vancouver Park Board Open House: John Hendry Park (Trout Lake), all day April 15

From the Vancouver Park Board The public is invited to attend an open house to review and comment on a draft master plan for John Hendry Park.  The plan was developed in consultation with community stakeholders and through input received at three open houses and online over the past seven months. Time:     Tuesday, April 15, […]

Pride Parade 2013

Photos from the Parade

The heart of the Davie Village is going car free. The next great Vancouver Plaza

From the West End Planning Team: Exciting news!   A West End Community Plan pilot project is launching on Tuesday, July 30th. We are creating a new ‘heart of Davie Village’ plaza, partnering with the West End BIA with support from Qmunity and local businesses. The plaza will be on Bute Street between Davie Street […]

Council update: Beach Tower rezoning approved with a stipulated on the starting rents

Vancouver City Council today approved the rezoning of 1600 Beach Avenue with a stipulation that the starting rents be regulated by contract in a “Housing agreement” between the city and the owner of building. Cl. Stevenson moved the motion from the staff report recommending that Council approved the rezoning and seemed to take the point […]

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and may there be Peace on Earth

More X-mas decorations

West End planning moves to “phase 2” with a series of open houses

Tools for a just city

Vancouver needs a form of development that is appropriate for the communities where the projects are being built. I have previously written about the idea of inclusionary zoning and bench marking a certain amount of units to the median income of a community as a method of ensuring that there is a tangible and real […]

SFU Professor Mark Jaccard to block the rails in White Rock to stop a coal shipment

Just in from Stopcoal.ca For Immediate Release: May 3 2012 Mark Jaccard, Canada’s leading energy-environment economist, released the following public statement today in support of the citizen action to stop BNSF coal trains at White Rock BC this Saturday, May 5.  Full details on this act of civil disobedience at stopcoal.ca/Action Dr Jaccard is a […]