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Q: What’s going on with the City of Vancouver’s search for a new Chief Planner? Surely they’re getting close Frances. Any news? A. Good question. I had heard there was a first round of interviews in May, second round in early June. Four candidates on shortlist. Told last week by city manager that announcement was imminent. […]
Q: Why did my assessed value of the building portion of my property go up by over 40% when I made no substantial improvements to the house before the July 1, 2015 date? My house was built in 1954. Don’t homes typically depreciate over time unless substantial renos (permitted) are completed? Curious to know the […]
Q. Dear Swami: If (apparently) long term memory serves me well, NPA and Greens swept the Vancouver Parks Board with a commitment to restore some sense of civility in working with community centre societies. In brief, tossing out the Vision/Ballem approach of my way or the highway. What’s with the return to the shooting gallery […]
That is an excellent question and one that many people are asking themselves, including those on the Yes side. It appears to be a many-headed beast. The overall campaign manager for the Yes side coalition, as opposed to the mayors’ council, brought in recently, is Marko Dekovic, I’m told. And that seems to be right, […]
Question: How come the citizens of Vancouver were asked on the ballot to approve $235,000,000 in borrowing to cover city spending in the next 4 years? Is the city’s deficit so great to require these borrowed funds? Thank you very much Frances, you are much appreciated in our household. Answer: As anyone can see, I […]
For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, this cartoon from the latest New Yorker captures current planning at its best, don’t you think?
. . . or making sure only 12% of the view will be lost.
May we post jpgs too . . please . . please Frances?
City Planning – Trail, BC
I hope the Vancouver elected representatives and the professional planners have a sense of humour and can laugh at themselves (not an attribute widely shared among elected representatives).
That’s a Sidney Harris cartoon! high on the popularity charts with scientists for ones in American Scientist, older Current Contents Weekly and many other places. Many funny books too (“I’ll show you proof”, “What’s So Funny About Science?: Cartoons, ” “You Want Proof? I’ll Give You Proof”
(about 200 entries on abebooks.com)
Far too much joy at http://www.sciencecartoonsplus.com/index.php
and a brief bio at http://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/prizes/honor.harris.shtml for which he contributes about 3 to 4 cartoons a week.
Ah, where is Norris, Krieger, Aislin, Giles, Low and other one-panelists?
LMAO!!! And thanks, by the way, I needed that…
A Rube Goldberg future, if ever I saw it.
Looks a lot like Granville Island, no?
Could someone draw the Vancouver version?
– drop the steel mill
– put the rest atop a container terminal (along with a soccer stadium if you so choose).
The Vancouver version would also include an ill-placed basketball hoop, dumpy public art, three spindly trees, a few salvaged heritage details with no architechtural context, and lots of toys dogs peeing on everything.
“dumpy public art”
A bunch of stop signs maybe?
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