Frances Bula header image 4

Entries from July 2015

Open House post: All your ideas, pet peeves, inspirational musings on Vancouver

June 20th, 2013 · 151 Comments

I’m still awaiting the scintillating guest blog posts I’ve been promised, but, in the meantime, here is the open forum that I always set up when I’m on vacation and therefore only blogging erratically. Your burning thoughts on any Vancouver issues welcome here.

[Read more →]

Tags: Uncategorized

Paris a bicycle paradise? Hmm, not quite

June 19th, 2013 · 140 Comments

And here is my account of nine days in Paris, using Velib for various trips around town (though not all). Completely anecdotal, with no statistics except my own experience. So, I love bike-share systems. They make it so much easier to hop on a bike and get around than the usual procedure of tracking down […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Uncategorized

Guest post from Frank Ducote: A stunning transformation is planned for Grandview-Woodlands. Is the community really ready for this?

June 12th, 2013 · 193 Comments

For those who haven’t guessed already, I am away from the city right now and will be away until the first week of July, as part of my annual ritual of city observation elsewhere. (Known to others as “a vacation.”) I’ll be posting some stuff of my own — been riding a lot of bike-share […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Uncategorized

Another quirky idea of housing in Vancouver: apartments build on top of working fire halls

June 12th, 2013 · 3 Comments

Let it not be said that a stone has been unturned in the City of Vancouver’s quest to find patches of ground on which to build housing. The latest suggestion has been housing on top of a fire hall that has to be rebuilt. The idea of building on top of city property isn’t new. […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Uncategorized

Canadian politicians gathered in Vancouver to talk about both the serious stuff (solid waste, housing) and the not-so-serious (Rob Ford! The video!)

June 4th, 2013 · 123 Comments

If you were trying to get a hotel room in Vancouver from Thursday on last week, good luck. They were filled up with city councillors, mayors, city managers, and city financial officers from across the land, coming here for the annual convention. While they were focused on garbage, sewers, housing and roads, we in the […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Uncategorized