Colin Stein is now our Managing Editor 

Since launching in 2006, Price Tags has provided “Perspectives from Vancouver.” This blog has specialized in stories and analysis on urban design, development and planning, with a special emphasis on transportation, both local and global. Co-edited by Ken Ohrn and Sandy James, Price Tags is also known for its active discussion forums.   

To date, it’s been a volunteer effort. Now it’s time to take Price Tags to the next level. 
Thanks to local support, we have hired Vancouver-based communications and marketing executive Colin Stein as Managing Editor. Colin is a consultant to the health-care and technology sectors, and was previously Director of Marketing, Communications and Campaigns for HUB Cycling. For Price Tags, he will oversee editorial processes, audience engagement, technology and new media development opportunities.
Price Tags aims to broaden its scope to focus on the upcoming civic election – the issues and candidates – not only in the City of Vancouver but across the region.  We also hope to reach new audiences, especially those from different generations and among those, world-wide, who look to Vancouver as a leader in the development of great urban regions. 
Said Colin: “This is a city known for policy engagement and politics, and what we talk about in Vancouver is relevant to cities around the world. I’m honoured to be part of Price Tags in achieving its more ambitious goals.”
 

The Price Tags Editorial Team (L-R): Editor-in-Chief & Publisher Gordon Price, Managing Editor Colin Stein, Editor Sandy James, Editor Ken Ohrn.

Comments

  1. Great move. Thanks to all who brought Pricetags to this point. Congratulations Colin!

    1. I always hoped PT would also include Metro Vancouver perspectives. Really needed and I’m looking forward to it. With many of the incumbent Metro Mayors choosing not to run again, change is in the air.

      1. Agreed, Tom. I spent a brief time working on regional collaboration (albeit at a middle manager level) at Vancouver Economic Commission in the mid-2000s, and much of 2+ years liaising directly with community-based, volunteer committees across the region while with HUB. Regional issues don’t always respect municipal boundaries, which is both interesting and daunting. Makes for great dialogue – looking forward to being part of it.

  2. Congrats !
    Keep in mind cycling is only one of many MANY transportation choices. Many modes, and many age & ethnic groups with different abilities have to be accommodated in different often inclement weather across a vast and often hilly region !
    Enjoy the ride ( pun intended ) !!

      1. Gee .. I see at least 15+ modes
        walking
        running / jogging
        biking
        e-biking
        motor cycling
        using a bus
        using an Evo / Car2Go
        Skytrain
        train
        car
        truck
        boat
        airplane
        helicopter
        skateboard
        bike share
        e-bike share
        scooter share

    1. Fortunately nobody who advocates for cycling is wanting to force anyone to only do that. Most are multimodal.

  3. Let’s hope the new Managing Editor is open to all opinions and does not continue the practice of deleting posts and censoring posts from commentators that simply do not follow the bike and transit, hate-the-car, party line.
    Urban planning and design is of considerable and perhaps growing interest and wheeled personal and commercial vehicles are here for a long time yet.
    The web is full enough with echo chambers. A diversity of opinions can only enrich any discussion.

    1. What I don’t understand is how loving cycling and transit get conflated into hate-the-car. The hate the car diatribe only seems to come from people who primarily drive. I don’t use cars much, but I believe that by making cycling and transit better that we are helping to reduce motor vehicle congestion. More people cycling and taking transit means less people driving. I don’t know anyone who hates cars, but I know many who are passionate about our city and who know that more transit and more cycling makes our city better. Whenever I ride my bike, I am benefiting society in so many ways including helping drivers by reducing congestion.What’s not to like?

      1. The world is grey or nuances of grey.
        It’s not usually black or white.
        It’s not X or Y.
        It’s usually A and lots of B and C and D and a little bit of E and F in the future … and G

      2. Former mayor Philip Owen voted in favour of cycling and transit. He was a car buff, so definitely not anti-car. George Puil also voted in favour of transit and often cycling and I’m sure he wasn’t anti-car either. Just because somebody is in favour of it, doesn’t mean they are opposed to other options. It is not either or.

      3. Arno: You may have noticed that the transportation and engineering departments of the City of Vancouver are proud that roads have not been improved for vehicles for the last 15, or more, years. The narrow bottlenecks are touted as “regulators” of constraint and creators of congestion, and are praised as achievements.
        It is the reduced demand, as opposed to the induced demand, philosophy that reverberates from the lips of the same people that vehemently decry, what they call Motordom.
        Eventually this imbalance will return to the roads systems in the Vancouver region and we will have an administration that approached transportation in a more holistic manner.

        1. Can you give any examples? It seems to me that this is one of those urban myths that just won’t go away. In any case, can’t you see that by improving cycling that conditions are improved for everyone and especially those who chose to drive for their next trip?

        2. PUBLISHED MAY 16, 2017
          UPDATED MAY 16, 2017
          Traffic in Vancouver is getting worse even as the number of vehicles on the road stays the same, concludes a report from the city’s transportation department as it prepares to measure and tackle congestion.
          “As our streets become more active, the same amount of traffic will move more slowly,” Lon LaClaire, the city’s transportation director, told city council on Tuesday.
          The overall city-traffic slowdown is something city engineers are sure is happening, because of anecdotal information that percolates into city hall.
          Statistics the department provided previously showed there was no change in morning traffic volumes on Burrard Street, Granville Street and the Lions Gate Bridge between 2011 and 2014.
          “But we’re absolutely certain it has slowed down,” said Dale Bracewell, a transportation-planning manager.
          Ultimately, one of the solutions is to persuade more people to get out of their personal-use cars altogether.
          “When there’s too many vehicles on the road, you can’t have a functioning city,” Mr. LaClaire said. “We still need to get people out of vehicles.”
          Never any suggestion to relieve the congestion points or improve the roads.
          That took about 1 minute Googling, Arno.

    2. Ava, do you really think the mainstream media represents a diversity of opinion? But hey, welcome aboard. Even some of the trolls here are quite nice.

      1. No Tom, I do not think that the mainstream media represents anything more that what it strives to be.
        Do you view commentators that suggest fallacies in opinions published here as merely trolls?

    3. I understand we have, to date, hewed closely to our posted Comments Policy, both in stating opinion and moderating comments from visitors/contributors. Of course, ironically, this in itself can be a matter of opinion…
      The posted policy will certainly instruct our editorial policy going forward, though we’ll be very transparent and forthright about any changes.
      In the interest of diversity of opinion, please feel free to suggest topics or stories we should cover. Thank you!

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