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City breaks ground on 135 units of affordable housing geared towards families

Great to see the City of Vancouver use its resources to create more affordability for families. The city with the land that it has, the new housing authority and the political will to make affordable housing for families a priority is  doing some pretty impressive work. This first of its kind project for Vancouver will […]

Community Open House for redevelopment of 1661 Davie St.

From the City of Vancouver: Community Open House Monday, February 29, 2016, 5:00-8:00 pm The Coast Plaza Hotel 1763 Comox Street Details of the project Henriquez Partners Architects has applied to the City of Vancouver for permission to develop this site with a mixed-use building consisting of : -a 3 storey podium with three retail […]

Jim Deva Plaza and Davie Village public space improvements

photos of Jim and the plaza Whenever I climb a ladder I think of Jim Deva and remind myself to be careful. Jim died in a tragic accident, falling off a ladder while pruning a tree at his home. His death was a shocking surprise to everyone. Jim was a hero to many of us […]

Are painted lines enough for S.W. Marine Drive one of the marquee rides of Vancouver?

The City of Vancouver (Cov) is proposing upgrades to the bike route on South West Marine Dr. Here is the staff report for the full details of the project. Here One of the great cycle routes in the City of Vancouver is SW Marine Drive. S.W. Marine Dr. is designated a bike route by the […]

Is parking in the West End driving you crazy?

The City of Vancouver wants your help to make parking in the West End better. Fill out the following survey and help? http://vancouver.ca/streets-transportation/west-end-parking-survey.aspx If you live in a densely populated community there is hardly anything more frustrating than parking. For the past 50 years as the rise of the personal ownership of cars has developed […]

Tearing down a highway to enjoy more urban benefits

The removal of the viaducts in Vancouver is an exciting opportunity that will surpass the significance of not building a highway through the city. While Toronto seems stuck with its elevated “freeway” cutting off the city from the lake, Vancouver has a tremendous opportunity to right a bit of terrible urban planning and highway engineering […]

The healthy city: good design, beauty and throw in some fun.

The actual physical fabric of the city could make you healthy. How wide sidewalks are, is there street furniture, do you have parks with nature, community gardens and interesting places all have an effect on our health. There is a growing body of knowledge that is making a connection between a city’s infrastructure and health. […]

Urban forest strategy at council

The Urban Forest Strategy report for council this week is possibly one the best looking reports the City of Vancouver has ever produce. The report is filled with interesting information on the city’s urban forest including some great maps that compare neighbourhoods tree cover. City of Vancouver Urban Forest Strategy 62% of the urban forest […]

Why an urban forest?

The City of Vancouver is setting ambitious targets in the Greenest City Action Plan to reduce the causes of climate change. From establishing new building codes that require more efficient use of energy in building to more and better infrastructure to encourage more active forms of transportation. There are many measures that local government can […]

Does the NPA really believe this stuff or is it just good politics? Either way it goes to the issue of trust.

The NPA has been attempting to frame traffic calming measures and safety upgrades in Kitsilano all summer as a wedge issue against the Mayor and Council. The synopsis of their message is “the Mayor and Council don’t listen and they are creating a private road for uber-rich along West Point Grey”. In a television interviews […]