From Willow (or St. John Paul II Way) and 32nd Ave in Vancouver. Who knew this existed?
Note the roundabout further down the street, and the large stone whose purpose, I presume, is to discourage motor vehicle operators from driving on the grassed area.

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  1. Everywhere ?
    Most areas are not traffic calmed. Cars are still king as they exist on every street, even downtown. Where are the pedestrian zones ? When will we end free or highly subsidized street parking to discourage car ownership ? Squatting abounds. Also see here
    With more laneway houses we ought to increase parking fees to market, say $250-400/month, not the current $100/yr nonsense.

  2. Christ, that’s ugly. Here’s something we don’t talk about much—signage. Motoring has littered our streetscapes with an astounding number of metal poles with ugly signs on them. The sheer amount of visual noise is astounding.
    When we look at traditional village streets or paintings of old towns, we often find them beautiful in a way no city street today can match. I don’t think the buildings are much less attractive—in fact I think a mediæval poet would be transported by those glass-clad towers we’re so blasé about. It’s not variety versus monotony, either—Greek fishing villages are totally monotonous collections of white boxes, and totally beautiful.
    No, it’s not our buildings—it’s the clutter and ugliness and pettifogging control-freak nonsense of all the signs intended to control the behaviour of motorists. Take out the parking meters, parking signs, speed limit signs, stop and yield signs, and all the rest, and think of how much prettier and more humane our cities would become. Take out the advertising and you have something close to heaven.
    The signage is probably essential for safety, I know, but it’s not the pedestrians or cyclists who need to be told how to pass one another without colliding. All that crap is there to keep motorists in line. It’s motoring that’s behind practically every ugly aspect of modern cities. They’re cleaner, safer, better-smelling, and far more commodious in every way—except for the the car. A hundred years from now, people will wonder how we ever tolerated it.

    1. Great comment!
      I’ve seen Code of Conduct signs in parks too that list in fine print very possible form of bad human behaviour to be prohibited. Of course they are regularly abused and ignored being planted next to heavily-used synthetic turf sports fields and high schools,
      My wife once posted a No Spitting! sign in the stairway of our previous condo building. I advised against it. Sure enough, the next morning it was covered in ten times more spit than originally found in the stairway.
      Now if only the Single Parents Food Bank (they are not a real food bank) and the Jehovah’s Witnesses would only obey our No Soliciting sign.

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