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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 […]
My story in the Globe today about the NY Transportation Commissioner’s visit to the city.
An article in Slate (which I dislike because it reinforces the inaccurate premise that all cyclists run stop signs.)
…”TransLink market research has shown that about two-thirds of the two million people in the Lower Mainland either ride their bikes at some points during the year or are interested in doing so.
So, many have a bike but don’t ride vocationally. We could make the change in 2 years if the city was serious. Cars could be driven, but only out of town or on ‘Moving day’
As it is, these moving couches are a waste, dangerous and too detached from the real life of the day. And I’m watching the Vancouver Police ticket reams of single drivers in the HOV+bicycles lanes on Hastings.
NYC is now also considering lowering fares for the subway during off-peak hours.
sorry, buses and subway.
That Smart Card technology…
Ya gotta love it.
A nice little story that is fabulously hopeful for Metro Vancouver. Chipping away, chipping away at the car-is-king/queen mindset, which is so powerful. Thanks
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