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Entries from February 2014

Separated bike lanes coming to city

January 31st, 2010 · 25 Comments

With the concrete-barrier-protected bike lane on the Burrard Bridge having proven to be a success (or at least not a media disaster), the city has been looking at other places to install separated lanes. I heard about some interesting possibilities, which I won’t list here for fear of needlessly inciting riots. But apparently city engineers […]

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Vancouverites get to see themselves through other’s eyes during Games

January 31st, 2010 · 14 Comments

It’s hard to see your own city, in the way that it’s hard to see your own marriage or your own family. You’re so immersed in it and it’s so all-enveloping that you don’t notice any more what’s weird or wonderful or different. Plus, that’s where you spend most of your time so you don’t […]

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Planning director’s take on heights, views and Chinatown

January 29th, 2010 · 55 Comments

In case any of you missed this 60 comments down on an earlier thread, Vancouver planning director Brent Toderian has weighed in on some of the issues. Hi Frances, and readers. This past Tuesday was the climax of two very complex exercises, the Vancouver View Corridors Review, and the Historic Area Height Review. The recommendations […]

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Erickson executor sues conservancy

January 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment

This will be of huge interest to all of you in the architecture community who were around Arthur in his last few years. Here’s the Province story. Please remember that I am legally responsible for comments on this blog, so don’t go overboard. Offline information most welcome at francesbula@gmail.com

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Mayor says solution in the wings for Bloedel Conservatory

January 29th, 2010 · 9 Comments

Well, isn’t this news release, hot off the electrons at city hall, interesting? I had a story a couple of weeks ago saying the mayor was asking staff to look for solutions. The issue hasn’t been going away. If you do a Twitter search under the mayor’s name, one of the most common posts, much […]

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The Tsakuminator goes after Anton and her $5,000-a-plate dinner

January 28th, 2010 · 20 Comments

With some trepidation, I pass along this grenade from Alex Tsakumis re NPA Councillor Suzanne Anton’s planned fundraising dinner. As you’ll notice, if you can get beyond Alex’s wimpy interview style (joke, Alex), there are some nuggets of information here about the state of the NPA. This whole thing reminds me that the NPA has […]

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Bulablog events listing

January 28th, 2010 · 3 Comments

I’m not a big events lister, but two things that those of you who frequent this blog might be interested in, which I’ve been asked to post: 1.Car Free Day creator, sometime SFU prof and author Matt Hern has written a book of essays called Common Ground in a Liquid City: Essays in Defence of […]

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Vancouver council nixes three of four new tall towers, allows some increases in Chinatown

January 27th, 2010 · 36 Comments

It was so busy yesterday that I had to bail on going to council to hear the decisions on these two issues. I’ll be catching up. Although there’s been lots of coverage of this in other media, I have a feeling there are some subtleties here that aren’t being caught. Back to you later.

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Free Olympic tickets a hot potato for politicians, government employees

January 27th, 2010 · 13 Comments

We media types had a field day yesterday, phoning up everyone in the world with any kind of public position who might be guilty of accepting free Olympics tickets. Here’s the Globe’s take on it, which I helped out with. I can hardly wait until we start printing the lists of business people getting free […]

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City of Vancouver protocol guide: How to behave during the Olympics

January 26th, 2010 · 12 Comments

Oh, everyone was going gaga today over the city’s protocol guide (or as they spell it in their doc header, protocal guide — meaning first (proto) and heat (cal), I guess), as though we would all be fined by the TransLink police if we didn’t follow the rules. Of course, it’s the kind of thing […]

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