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Cyclists on Spanish Banks road to UBC say threatened with fines if ride on the road

September 29th, 2014 · 16 Comments

This came to my inbox from reader/resident George Muenz. Anyone else noticed this problem? Thousands of cyclists go up the Spanish Banks road to UBC in order to get to the cycling paths on Marine Drive and onwards. I have had reports from several people that police have threatened people with fines and worse if […]

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Bula Blogster Beer Bash: Oct. 2, Tap and Barrel Olympic Village, 7 p.m. Be there or be square

September 26th, 2014 · 5 Comments

So Kirk and Jenables and a few others set a date for a gathering of the blog commenters recently (that week my blog was actually malfunctioning, as it turned out). Kirk has now found a spot for us to gather and reserved a table. See you all there to talk about who is going to […]

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Why should only a few property sellers benefit when everyone has contributed to make Vancouver what it is?

September 25th, 2014 · 38 Comments

That was the provocative question last night from writer, university lecturer and activist Matt Hern last night as he responded to Andy Yan’s big-data presentation on trends that have influenced Vancouver in the past and will in the future. Hern, reflecting on Yan’s data about foreign ownership, speculation, the city’s low incomes and high house […]

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City’s first round of urban-design awards generates a mixed response

September 21st, 2014 · 4 Comments

I was very happy to see the city start an urban-design awards program, though I, like the city, mistakenly understood it to mean architectural awards. The city announced the winners last week and, to judge from public and private comments I’m hearing, the process could do with some, shall we say, improvement. Lance Berelowitz weighs […]

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

September 15th, 2014 · 64 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 · 38 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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