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Vancouver Greens: More from developers for low-cost housing, maybe luxury tax, lots more real talking with residents promised

September 18th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Feels like the municipal campaign in Vancouver finally started to pick up some speed today, as the Greens launched their platform and Vision Vancouver had the first news conference with real news, announcing more money for school lunches for poor kids. (And the NPA sniping away at that.) I mostly covered the Green announcement, as […]

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Does Vancouver have to be a high-rise condo city? Or are there other choices?

September 15th, 2014 · 52 Comments

I try not to fall in sentimental rhapsodizing about mid-rise European cities, as some of my fellow urbanists do. I know that for every chic French or Spanish historic town, there’s a ring of appalling towers on the outskirts that the immigrants and poor have been relegated to. But it is puzzling to me that […]

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Vision, NPA debate the debates

September 11th, 2014 · 37 Comments

  I was just fooling around on Twitter last night to wind down from a long day and then this erupted. 22h Duncan McCue and Wise Monkeys favorited your Tweet 22h: @kirklapointe Aren’t you supposed to be writing a speech or speaking with a large group of people about fiscal responsibility or something? Kirk LaPointe […]

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What is the social-media score for all of Vancouver’s political parties?

September 7th, 2014 · 26 Comments

Because I have thousands of words to write in the next few days, this instead. There are 10 weeks left in the campaign. At the moment, this is how the various parties and their mayoral candidates rank on the social-media counters. Facebook: Gregor Robertson, by himself: 7,560 “Gregor Robertson and the Vision team”” 4,559 Vision […]

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Continue comments here about why bike lanes make people so angry, if you want

September 6th, 2014 · 78 Comments

Which was started in response to my story last week in the Globe

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Vision paints NPA’s LaPointe as inexperienced waffler, he paints Robertson as the guy who can’t deliver on his big promises

September 6th, 2014 · 48 Comments

I have to second the opinion of my colleague Mike Howell at the Vancouver Courier, who concluded his summary of this week’s election shenanigans with the question: Is it time for reporters to take a vacation until this campaign settles down to something reasonable? Vision’s Gregor Robertson held his first campaign news conference, accusing NPA […]

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Sorry, technical difficulties erased everything from Aug. 31 to Sept. 5

September 6th, 2014 · No Comments

I know many of you thought I’d just had it with the bike-lane posts and decided to blow up the post and all comments. Haven’t reached that point yet. My blog was down most of last week because of some kind of server/host problem. They’ve managed to restore everything up to Aug. 31. I’m hoping […]

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An obituary for a Vancouver city hall tree

August 29th, 2014 · 17 Comments

And now for a break from politics (though I expect some people will find a way to work it in even here): I noticed a while ago that one of the two big cedars in front of Vancouver city hall on the south side had turned completely brown. When I happened to ask about it […]

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Divided Riley Park community centre members will have to hold a new meeting to elect directors

August 28th, 2014 · 37 Comments

I got a note from a Riley Park member yesterday asking why she had been notified about having to renew her membership and vote in a new meeting for directors. I received a letter from the Riley Park Association today because I am a member. It is very strange. It asks me to renew my […]

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CP suspends track work (aka ripping out gardens) while talks on with city

August 27th, 2014 · 28 Comments

This just out from city hall this morning: Track work suspended for talks between City and CP Rail   Senior officials at the City of Vancouver and CP Rail have agreed to meet to discuss the future of the Arbutus Corridor.   While the two sides meet, CP Rail has agreed to suspend all track […]

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