Smoke and filtered light.
The haze softens the city with a yellow flush. It’s just on this side of other-worldly. It’s another indicator that the early stages of climate change are already consequential, regardless of how they are disregarded, dismissed or denied among the decision-makers. Philip Dick: “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”
Summer hazes may go away, but the reason they’re here will not.
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What was once a dark and dingy downtown Vancouver working space is now a bright and fun one. It’s become much more welcoming to people, and a great addition to the repurposed spaces popping up all over the city.
Ackery’s Alley includes an interactive public art installation (“Field”) by Alex Beim of Tangible Interaction. (See photos).Read more »
Ackery’s Alley is another addition to people places in Vancouver, and is set to launch with a fun party:
- Thursday August 9
- 7 – 9 pm
- Behind (east ) of the Orpheum Theatre (near 675 Smithe St)
It’s another welcome transformation of underutilized city space. It joins Alley Oop (more HERE), Jim Deva Plaza (HERE), Bute and Robson (more HERE) and the 800 block of Robson Street (more HERE). I’ll bet I’ve missed a few.Read more »
The work is in mid-construction, and is located in northeast False Creek — immediately north of Creekside Park and Science World, directly along the seawall.Read more »
This past weekend, I decided to take a quick ride over to Jericho from the West End, just to see what was happening with the Folk Festival.
Along the way, I found several long-standing examples of the City of Vancouver’s Park Board indifference to cycling. (I know the commissioners would disagree, but the lack of action over so many years, regardless of all the plans, consultations and rhetoric, speak otherwise.)
For instance the path pictured above, just to the west of the Aquatic Centre, connecting Beach Avenue with the Seaside Greenway —narrow asphalt and worn grass — is ambiguous, inadequate and unsafe. If it were under the jurisdiction of the City’s engineering department, it would likely have been rectified by now (it’s been this way for decades).
But it’s Park Board territory — and another example of their attitude: #wedontcare.Read more »
Vancouver continues to repurpose public space for people.
More examples, this time from Davie Street in the city’s West End. One is private, and the others are part of a 3-year pilot study by VIVA Vancouver.
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The study will test a number of things, including modular design elements and curbside patios that are away from the building. These measures will test innovative features to support a vibrant patio culture and make better use of public space.