As Transportation Service Providers (TSPs) provide a suite of options in the form of a service contract, rather like telecommunication providers do now, there will be less and less need for individually owned cars.  And it’s also the way that automated, even autonomous, vehicles are likely to be introduced: a fleet of AVs that the consumer has access to, rather than an individually assigned car.  In other words, the way car-sharing works today.

How fast will that happen?  How soon will the self-owned vehicle be rare or even obsolete?

How about in 10 years?

That’s what one presenter at a transportation conference last week predicted.

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Gord reviews the recent municipal campaign with four unsuccessful candidates for Vancouver City Council who ran as independents, together. Sort of.

Harm reduction and Downtown Eastside activist Sarah Blyth, affordable housing and transit advocate Adrian Crook, Musqueam First Nation community leader Wade Grant, and health sector mediator Rob McDowell chat about what happened, what they’re watching with the current council, issues of representation in our public institutions, and whether they’ll run again.

And if so, would they run again as independents…or perhaps a new party?

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I was back in Portland a few weeks ago for my annual transportation-and-land-use lecture.  With a few spare hours I took the opportunity to rediscover a part of PDX’s heritage that should be more widely known – especially relevant for Vancouver in our search for new, denser, acceptable urban development in established neighbourhoods.

I was in search of the small of apartment buildings of Frederick Bowman.

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Here’s a shot of Metro – the port city – looking southeast from Lions Gate Bridge.

But what is that cluster of highrises in the distance?  It’s not Metrotown – that’s just outside the image to the right.  Is it Edmonds, along the Expo Line?  Possibly Surrey City Centre?

There are now so many high-density station areas, it’s getting hard to tell.  We even confuse a second-tier station like Edmonds with our image of what Metrotown used to be not that long ago.



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Of course it makes intuitive sense that active transportation users and bus commuters would frequent retail businesses more often than those constrained by  vehicles. But it is always better to have the hard facts on this data, and researchers in the City of London England have done just that.

Transport for London (TfL)  in Great Britain has released a new study  with some staggering statistics about what happens when street improvements are made to facilitate walking and cycling. Time spent on retail streets increased by 216% between shopping, patronizing local cafes and sitting on street benches. Retail space vacancies declined by 17%.  London’s Business Improvement Districts are 90% in favour of more street improvements to facilitate pedestrians, and 85% in favour of better facilities for cyclists.

But the best news, and this is also in line with research conducted in Toronto and in New York City “people walking, cycling and using public transport spend the most in their local shops, spending 40% more each month than car drivers”.

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Okay, the headline is clickbait.  The housing crisis is not over.  But its causes are being addressed in a substantive way.

Here’s the latest evidence on the supply side:

This is the first set of housing projects selected through the B.C. government’s $1.9-billion Building B.C.: Community Housing Fund established to construct more than 14,000 affordable rental homes for independent families and seniors.

It’s part of a larger $7 billion commitment by the B.C. government to build 114,000 affordable homes over 10 years.

Were you aware of these announcements in the last few weeks?  Did you think it was ‘a landmark investment’?  That this was an ‘historic’ commitment?  That’s how it was described in the press release.

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