The Blue Parrot, Granville Island

A fall afternoon in 1979; Granville Island had recently opened.  A year earlier I had arrived from Victoria.

Sitting exactly here with an unexpected view, sipping one of my first espressos, looking out on to a still-industrial creek False Creek, watching boats and people, I thought: Yup, this is the right place.

 

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Pan flutes by Edgar Manuela, Granville Island.

The sound of Muenala`s pan flutes vibrating in the reverberating spaces of the Granville Bridge will always be the sound of Granville Island for many. The Ecuadorian has been playing those spaces below the bridge for … how long?

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Electric Vehicle Show, Roundhouse.

The wave begins.  From day to day, the arrival of the electric scooter is visible, as more and more appear on the streets, bikeways and sidewalks.  In the face of disruptive technology, we are as usual in no way prepared, still maintaining the illusion that their use is dependent on their legality.

By the way, if you’re interested in the meaning of “West Pacific,” you can find out more on this podcast that I did with Jeff Wood of the Overhead Wire for a Streetsblog Podcast – beginning at 28.06.

Episode 249: Gordon Price and The Village at the Edge of the Rain Forest

Aug 29, 2019

This week we’re joined by Gordon Price, former Vancouver City Council member and former director of The City Program at Simon Fraser University. Gordon talks about Vancouver’s historical importance as well as its future. We chat about transport, the great west coast melting pot, and what folks should check out if they go visit the city.

 

 

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