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Entries from January 2016

Mayor’s house has sold for asking: Vancouver real-estate stocks soar

July 12th, 2013 · 42 Comments

Okay, this is Friday fluff, but whatever. I feel I must contribute to the ongoing deep investigations into Mayor Gregor Robertson’s change of abode by reporting that his Douglas Park-area house has apparently sold, for the asking price of whatever it was, $1.95 million or something. I realize that where the mayor lives is significant. […]

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Madrid: The city that doesn’t cycle

July 12th, 2013 · 15 Comments

Whenever I go to Europe (if that doesn’t sound obnoxious), I’m always struck by the way the mythological view of it doesn’t match the reality. In conversations among urbanists, amateur and professional, here, European cities are always treated as though they have achieved the highest level of excellent city operation. They are walkable. They encourage […]

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How the election was won and lost: An inside look

July 12th, 2013 · 7 Comments

I know that provincial election seems like it was years ago, but the lessons it taught are worth contemplating. I got to hang out extensively in Vancouver-Fraserview to see the ground war in action, which I wrote about here. Something for the NDP to ponder while they are reviewing what went wrong.

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Guest post by Voony: Vancouver’s war on buses

July 12th, 2013 · 28 Comments

Another brave soul has submitted a guest blog. I am back now, but thought this deserved an airing. It all started with a Trojan horse: The 2010 Olympic games. Granville and Robson have been closed to all traffic. Granville had been closed before due to the Canada line construction, and bus were using dedicated lane […]

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