May 5, 2021

Free Webinar from Island Press: Climate Change & Green Housing for All

In this webinar Dana Bourland, Gray to Green Communities author, and Kimberly Vermeer, co-author with Walker Wells of Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, will illustrate that delivering on the human right to housing and combating the climate crisis go hand-in-hand.

Each will discuss the intersection between equity, housing, and sustainability. After the authors present key ideas from their books, the moderator, Dawn Phillips, Executive Director of Right to the City, will lead a discussion between the authors and the audience.

Thursday May 6

Time• 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

To register please click on this link.


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Do you know how to take the “Scenic Route”? Smart Growth America and Transportation for America presents  a free webinar.

How do you connect artists and transportation projects in real, tangible ways? Join Ben Stone, director of arts & culture at Transportation for America, Jen Hughes, director of design and creative placemaking at the National Endowment for the Arts, and some other special guests for our relaunch of the Scenic Route guide

Date: Monday May 10, 2021.

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Pacific Time.

You can register for this webinar by clicking this link.

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Equity in Planning and Practice: Addressing Past Inequities in Planning for the Future

Planning efforts are increasingly focused on the need to consider the impacts of plans on all community members, and to plan for the future by using tools and practices that consciously avoid intentional or unintentional inequities.

In 2019, the American Planning Association adopted a policy guide exclusively addressing planning for equity. The Planning for Equity Policy Guide offers a broad look at policies and approaches needed for planners, policymakers and associated professionals to advance social equity and justice across all planning efforts.

The guide offers direction in key equity planning areas, including gentrification, community engagement, and environmental justice.

Date: Friday April 30
Time: 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time

You can register here.

Join the Maryland Department of Planning and the American Planning Association as Susan Wood, FAICP, Jay Renkens, AICP, and Leigh Anne King, AICP discuss how APA’s equity policy guide can be used and then look at how the Charlotte (NC) Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan, scheduled for adoption this summer, is using an equitable growth framework to shape the city’s future.

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Look at the creation of the class laden word “jaywalker” first used in 1917 to describe “an idiot, dull, rube, unsophisticated, poor, or simpleton”. A jaywalker described someone who was “stupid by crossing the street in an unsafe place or way, or some country person visiting the city who wasn’t used to the rules of the road”.

Today the jaywalker myth is perpetuated in “educational” campaigns that say pedestrian distraction is a function in pedestrian deaths. Studies prove that it is not, although the focus on saying pedestrian distraction is a problem takes the onus off the real culprit~the automobile manufacturers and the vehicle drivers. Countless municipalities have put jaywalking as an offence in their jurisdictions.


Date: Monday May 3, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time

You can register by clicking this link.

Join the growing nationwide movement to decriminalize jaywalking in this United States! Learn about the impacts of these laws and what advocates and policymakers are doing throughout the country to create more equitable, inclusive and just systems for ALL.

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USDOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg is facing an early test of his commitment to reform – will he call for reframing and rewriting a federal manual that governs local streets? The Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices – which dictates the design of every street in the U.S., from crosswalks to speed limits, bike lanes, and more – is up for revision. But the proposed draft continues to prioritize moving cars fast over safety, equity, and climate. Hear from our panel of experts on why the MUTCD matters, what’s wrong with it, what needs to be done next, and how you can help make a difference.

The ’Notorious’ MUTCD – Why Fixing a Federal Manual is Critical to Safety, Equity and Climate

DATE: Monday, April 26, 2021

Time: 11:00 A. M. -12:30 P.M. Pacific Time

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Waterfront heritage and waterfront renewal
Conference in Malmö, Sweden 11-12 November 2021 Call for paper – deadline April 30

It is our pleasure to announce a two-day conference on Waterfront heritage and waterfront renewal, to
be held in Malmö, Sweden, on 11-12th November 2021. The conference is organized by Lund
University, Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences; Malmö University, Department of Urban
Studies; and Institute for Studies in Malmö’s history, and is funded by the Swedish National Heritage
Board. The conference will be hybrid with the possibility of participating both digitally and face-to-
The conference aims to advance the knowledge and understanding of challenges related to heritage as
well as renewal strategies in urban waterfront environments. The ambition is to bring together
perspectives from several different fields of academic research, as well as experiences from heritage
practices, planners, architects, and other professionals.

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In 2008, Oklahoma City was named the least walkable city in the United States by a national magazine. Mayor Mick Cornett responded by commissioning a walkability study, a project that led to a transformation of 40 blocks of downtown streets.

Join the Maryland Department of Planning and the Smart Growth Network this Thursday, April 29, as Jeff Speck, one the nation’s leading pedestrian experts, explains his approach in Oklahoma City and other communities, how walkability studies are conducted, and how local planners can work with neighborhoods, business groups and citizens to complete similar studies of their own.

Date: Thursday April 29, 2021
Time: 11:00 to 12:30 Pacific Time

You can register for this event here.

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This event  will feature remarks from The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy and will be moderated by CBC’s Gloria Macarenko.

Catherine Clement needs no introduction, she is the  author and curator of Chinatown Through a Wide Lens: The Hidden Photographs of Yucho Chow, a photo exhibition showcased at the Chinese Cultural Centre in May 2019 in “before times”. She has now published a book on Yucho Chow, and how his photographs captured a generation characterized by resilience and hope.

Community curator Catherine Clement will explore how stories of migration have been rediscovered and brought back to life through objects found, yet forgotten, in our homes. Through her decade-long, ground-breaking work collecting the hidden photographs of Vancouver Chinatown’s first and most prolific photographer, Yucho Chow – to her current project locating surviving C.I. documents used to monitor, control and intimidate early Chinese in Canada – Catherine will show how each piece helps reveal a rich story.

The Pacific Canada Museum of Migration is hosting this event.

Date: Saturday May 1st 2021

Time:  5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.  Pacific Time.

You can register here. This event will fill quickly.

Here is a short video from another Pacific Canada Museum of Migration event in the Before Times, when people shared the stories of their ancestral migrations through the food traditions  their ancestors brought to Canada.



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Smart Growth America and the Maryland Department of Planning presents a free webinar:

Parks and recreation systems have evolved during the past two decades. No longer regarded as simply playgrounds and ballfields, parks and open spaces are being increasingly viewed as green infrastructure, with the potential to contribute to community resiliency and sustainability. To capitalize on this potential.

Join the Maryland Department of Planning and the Smart Growth Network at 1 p.m. Eastern, Friday, April 16, as Dr. David Barth, AICP, ASLA, CPRP, outlines an approach to creating parks systems that generate greater economic, social, and environmental benefits.

Dr. Barth will explain why parks and recreation systems should be regarded as elements of an integrated public realm and illustrate how these spaces can be designed to generate multiple community benefits.

Date: Friday April 16 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time
You can register by clicking this link.

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This year the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival has again shifted nimbly during the pandemic  to provide marvellous virtual offerings of dances, haiku, and virtual walks during their annual great springtime event.

Originally planted in Stanley Park as a gift from Japan after World War One,  cherry trees do remarkable well in the Vancouver microclimate. In the 1960’s  the use of smaller scale trees was popular  in the city. That included flowering crab apple and plum trees to augment existing and new cherry trees which provide a visual spectacle every March and April.

I have written before about the cherry blossom festival and also about the unnamed street in East Vancouver that gets inundated each year by dinosaurs, costumed admirers, weddings and others for the chance to get photographed under that street’s ceiling of blossoms.

This year here are some images from a westside walk in the Quesnel neighbourhood. The backlanes here are windy and hard to navigate through.  And in those backlanes a few surprises. Look at the image below.

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