Art & Culture
December 12, 2018

Price Talks – The Conversation of the Blog

This fall, we launched Price Talks, our new podcast series. Price Talks are conversations with past, current, and emerging leaders in urbanist thought across Vancouver and BC’s South Coast — in academia, advocacy, business, media, politics, and urban planning and development.

You can subscribe to Price Talks via Apple Podcasts, Google PlaySpotify or Stitcher – scroll down to see an episode listing and descriptions below.

We’re having fun with some fascinating guests, and we’ll close out 2018 with a dozen long-form conversations on the year’s top issues, and looking ahead to the new year.

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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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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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On April 22, 2018, Vancouver City Council convened a Special Council meeting in Chinatown where Mayor Gregor Robertson delivered a formal apology for past discrimination against people of Chinese descent. The core recommendation was to develop an inclusive process towards a UNESCO World Heritage designation for Chinatown.

Join Melody Ma and Wendy Au and current Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC (CCHSBC) President Sarah Ling for a provocative discussion on what has happened in Chinatown since the Apology, and how we can transform our city. The panelists for the evening will be joined by Hayne Wai (Moderator, CCHSBC Past-President) and Baldwin Wong (Senior Social Planner, City of Vancouver).

 

Thursday, October 4

7 – 9 pm

Alice McKay Room, Central Library (VPL), 350 West Georgia Street

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It’s really a spectacular transformation — the downtown VPL’s two upper floors have become a rich and varied public space. It’s another treasure that people in Vancouver will use and enjoy for generations to come.

The results are wonderful and amazing.  It’s now one of the best public spaces in Vancouver — and located right smack-dab in the middle of downtown.

From Price Tags — a big pat on the back for all involved.

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