A critical economic indicator – the barista-to-population ratio – just got a buzzy boost at Granville and Pender with the opening of Starbucks Rserve.

Just in time too.  Otherwise I might have had to walk another half block to get an expensive cup of coffee.

 

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Bob Ransford posted this:

When the Canada Line was being planned more than 15 years ago, the public was shown ridership models that said 70 percent of the ridership would be in the portion of the corridor between Waterfront Station and Oakridge Station.

Reality today is crush loads during rush hour from Richmond Brighouse all the way to Waterfront with lines at many Vancouver stations where crush-filled trains can’t accept more riders and near full loads at all hours just within Richmond alone. They got it wrong.

Transit drives housing development. So much for empty condos. Empty condos don’t drive this kind of heavy ridership.

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In planning for growth, there’s at least one generally agreed-on idea that most cities are trying out: Densifying along the major streets.  The arterials, boulevards and avenues, the wider ones, where the streetcars went, where transit does now.

Portland has a lot of them, radiating out from the river and downtown.  Here’s one of those streets – Division.  As you’d expect, it bisects the 19th-century suburbs:

 

Once it was a streetcar route, with a mix of bungalow housing and one-or two-storey commercial frontage – surprisingly narrow for a major corridor of activity.  It went into decline as Motordom prevailed, and became heavily auto-oriented.  Division, it was said, was where you went to get your car repaired.

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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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