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Entries from February 2014

State of Vancouver takes a vacation: This is your blog

August 19th, 2010 · 118 Comments

As promised, I am going to try to give my mind a rest (though I will check out the Green Line in Portland shortly — thanks for the suggestion) and therefore not be posting until Sept. 1. The comments section is open here for anyone to post anything they like related, however vaguely, to urban […]

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Art gallery staff question whether finances robust enough for new building

August 19th, 2010 · 12 Comments

(Sorry, late posting on this due to sporadic ability to connect from paradise) A new round of layoffs at the Vancouver Art Gallery has prompted staff and their union rep to speak out even more vocally this past week than the unhappy mutterings I’ve heard for the past few months. As my story says in […]

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Two cities, two rapid-transit lines, a world of differences

August 15th, 2010 · 12 Comments

As promised, the first of my two stories in the Globe Saturday. This a comparison of the rapid-transit lines in Seattle and Vancouver, both celebrating a one-year anniversary this summer but with very different histories and outcomes. I know this has already generated some comments elsewhere but for those who missed them …

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Brain addled by sun but two final news stories to come before holidays

August 13th, 2010 · 12 Comments

I’m sitting under an apple tree on Hornby Island, not Hornby Street, having just read my way through the 171 comments on the Hornby bike lane. All I can say is  … well, nothing. It’s too mind-boggling, the level of passion that is going into this stretch of pavement. Though, as someone pointed out, also […]

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Here’s how to have your say on Hornby bike corridor

August 10th, 2010 · 197 Comments

I know you’re all panting to let the city know your views on this. Don’t waste your breath on me. Go directly to the source. Here’s the city news release. Hornby bike lane open house welcomes public input City of Vancouver transportation staff will be at the Pacific Centre Mall rotunda Wednesday to meet the […]

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Addiction treatment a hot business in B.C. as thousands look for help

August 10th, 2010 · 10 Comments

For years I covered drug-addiction issues in the Downtown Eastside and people would inevitably talk about the lack of addiction treatment in the province. Other critics would also say that, out of Vancouver’s alleged Four Pillars approach to drugs, only one pillar was really getting funding: harm reduction. That always puzzled me because a lot […]

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Canada Line hits 100,000-plus last three months

August 6th, 2010 · 98 Comments

In giddy anticipation of their one-year anniversary, TransLink sent out an updated count of their ridership this morning. Not too surprising to anyone who rides the line regularly, which seems to be packed at all times and is particularly jammed with suitcase-toting people heading out to the airport at all hours. Figures released by TransLink […]

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Canucks’ owners offer to build ice rink that False Creek community can use but city unenthused

August 3rd, 2010 · 55 Comments

I’d heard that interesting things were going on in Northeast False Creek as developers, residents and the city meet regularly to talk about this future neighbourhood. But I didn’t know what until I went to a community meeting Thursday night, where David Negrin of Aquilini talked to local residents about the company’s desire to build […]

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What are we going to do with our garbage? Metro Vancouver struggles to find the way

August 3rd, 2010 · 7 Comments

It doesn’t take much research to discover that hundreds of cities are wrassling with the problem of what to do about their garbage in the future. More landfills in more remote communities doesn’t seem to be the optimal way. So lots of places are trying to figure out what they can do instead. Can they […]

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