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Thousands of parking spaces sit empty in Metro Vancouver because of over-building

June 5th, 2012 · 60 Comments

They cost $20,000 to $45,000 apiece. They’re built on some of the most valuable real estate in the continent. What are they? Parking stalls, of course, which a Metro Vancouver study examined in depth. (And I wrote about here.) Some of my acquaintances have mocked me for writing what they claim is the most boring […]

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Adjust your clocks: Vancouver changes council meeting times

January 16th, 2012 · 16 Comments

The last time Vancouver changed its council schedule was back in the 80s, when Gordon Campbell decided that evening council meetings were a blight, keeping everyone around until beyond midnight. He moved council meetings to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and introduced a new rule that only allowed speakers at committee meetings (held on Thursdays during the […]

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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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Metro Vancouver pressures cities to give the region more control

May 20th, 2009 · 16 Comments

I hadn’t been paying that much attention to Metro Vancouver’s growth plan for the next 30 years. That’s partly because it’s been in the works for eight years and it’s hard to feel like it’s going anywhere. And also because there’s a temptation to believe that it will have the same impact as the livable […]

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New council starts to take control with appointments

December 5th, 2008 · 4 Comments

The agenda for Monday’s meeting is up and the new council has put out its recommendations for who will sit on which boards and committees, which you can go through here if you’re that kind of detail-obsessed person. Interesting things of note: Gregor and the most senior members of the Vision team are going en […]

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New trends in B.C. homeless: older, sicker, on the street longer

September 16th, 2008 · 3 Comments

I have a short story on the final report from the 2008 Metro Vancouver homeless count that was done in March. We heard about the raw numbers back in April. This report looks more closely at the trends behind those numbers. To read it all, go here. For my short summary, go to my story […]

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