December 7, 2018

Price Talks Ep8: The DNV Delbrook Lands Vote, with Mathew Bond

Gord visited District of North Vancouver Municipal Hall this week, to chat with Councillor Mathew Bond about about the failed Delbrook motion to allow a parking lot at 600 W Queens Road to become the site of an 80-unit affordable residential building, with a seniors respite care and below-market rentals.  It was rejected 5-2 by the new council — following two years of planning and community consultation, the result of a complex partnership and collaboration.

What does the vote say about the next four years of housing debate and action in the District of North Vancouver? Some big questions, and pregnant pauses, in today’s episode.

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From The Vancouver Glass:

CREEKSIDE PARK— As a bike theft epidemic washes over the city, solutions to the problem are few and far between. It might seem like a radical response to the issue but legalizing recreational bike theft could help. Demonstrators are hoping to convince people it’s worth a try. They are calling for an end to the failed “War On Bikes”. It’s their belief that prohibition on bike theft has done more harm than good and it’s now time to try something different.

Full article continued here.

(It’s satire, folks) 

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Metro Vancouver has committed to ensuring our regional infrastructure, ecosystems, and communities are resilient to impacts of climate change, and to pursuing a regional target of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The Climate 2050 Strategic Framework will guide Metro Vancouver’s policies and collective actions to transition to a resilient, low carbon future – increasing the health, well-being and prosperity of our region.

Join us as to hear about next steps for developing Metro Vancouver’s Climate 2050 Roadmaps, and how local government and health authorities’ actions are already helping to create a resilient region.

  • Jason Emmert, Air Quality Planner, Metro Vancouver
  • Tamsin Mills, Senior Sustainability Specialist, City of Vancouver
  • Angie Woo, Climate Resilience & Adaptation Lead, Fraser Health Authority

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This little Brutalist building at Georgia and Cardero is already gone.

There were a few of these overbuilt blocks (really, three storeys in concrete?) scattered around the city and suburbs, typical of the 1970s.  Was there an architectural firm that specialized in them?  Were there economic reasons for their popularity?  Inquiring minds want to know if someone has answers.

The reason for their demolition is obvious, however.  This is what’s under construction now:

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In this second part, Tim Davis takes a look at how Amsterdam priorizes pedestrians.  (I’ve left the emphases intact to capture some of Davis Speak.) 

 

For those who think that Amsterdam prioritizes cyclists over pedestrians, the *opposite* is true. In fact, the very center of Amsterdam is so dense (especially in summer, when these were taken) that NO ONE bikes.

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Well, in this case, the 1960s are coming down.

Nineteen sixty-one, to be specific – when Royal Towers was built as a hotel across the street from New Westminster City Hall. Now the aldermen, as they were known then, had a place to get a beer before and/or after council meetings. They probably drove over, given that the place was obviously designed for the car:

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All the attention at the moment is on the TransLink wristbands, which for reasons beyond my comprehension seem to be crazy popular.  But it’s another example of how TL is upping their game, making small initiatives to improve the customer experience.  Like these:

Whenever a bus route had to make a diversion, TL would put up what looked like an illegal poster on the nearest pole.  If you could make out the hand-written scrawl, you might then figure out where to go, assuming you could figure out the date and time when the change was occurring.

Now there’s this:

A plasticized rain-proof sign, well-attached, with larger, clearer lettering, and headings that tell you what you need to know.  Obvious, I know, but a small change that makes a difference.

Here’s a sample of something that suggests the organization is getting more creative:

 

I don’t know whether this work by an Emily Carr student was commissioned for TL, or whether they just took advantage to mount this at the Chinatown/Stadium station:

 

Got my attention.

 

 

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