March 6, 2015

Philosopher’s Cafe: Boomers and Millennials – Mar 20

Relationship(s) of Boomers and Millennials

owe, expect or learn from the other? The Baby Boomers are the generation that was born from the end of WW II up to the early 1960s. Millennials were born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s.

Guest Speaker: Gordon Price, Director of the City Program at SFU and Vancouver City Councilor for 15 years.

Moderator: Randall MacKinnon, SENIORSage for MackINNOVATION Friday, March 20 7 pm Vancouver Public Library (Oakridge branch), 191–650 West 41st Avenue Read more »

Metro is the “VanMag” of Auckland, and every year they do a “Best of … edition.  Like this:


So once past the pics of sexiest man and woman, there was this:


1. Canadian planner/politician Gordon Price told a packed Auckland Conversations seminar in October that urban congestion has not been solved by building more roads anywhere in the world, and went on to show how Vancouver has transformed itself through the alignment of public transport and property development.

“We overestimate what we can do in a year, but underestimate what we can do in a decade,” he said.

Auckland Conversations is a council-organised series of regular events with visiting international speakers.

Sweet.  Maybe they’ll invite the winners to the celebration party and we’ll see if I get confused for Karl Urban.

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Vancouver has only been around for a century and a quarter – after the beginning of the age of photography.   We’re fully documented.  Some of the earliest shots, like this one of City Council after the Great Fire of 1886, the year of the city’s incorporation, are classics:

But we don’t see a lot of colour images taken mid-century (with the exception of the great Fred Herzog’s).  In boxes and basements all over this city there are no doubt fading Kodachromes of Vancouver, waiting to be rediscovered.

Like this one from Serge Vanry (President of B.C.’s Dental Surgeons) who at a Christmas party mentioned that he had an image he took of the West End, probably in 1948 or 49, from the Burrard Bridge:

Sunset Beach and the playing fields haven’t changed much – but the slopes above Beach Avenue lack a single highrise.  On the far left, mid-way, you can see the old Crystal Pool at the foot of Nicola Street.   And then some of the earliest highrises (which make me think this photo might have been taken a little later than ’48.)   On the eternal mountains behind, only the first stage of the British Properties is evident. 

Thanks, Serge.  And please, to readers, send in any shots you have that capture Vancouver as an adolescent.

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Province columnist (and sometime PT contributor) Derek Moscato picks up on an idea I floated a few weeks ago:

… it’s not enough for a place to cater exclusively to hip professionals, according to (Richard) Florida (author of “The Creative Class”). Cities like Vancouver must also tap into the creativity of their trades and service workers — from plumbers to cab drivers to coffee shop baristas.

Gordon Price, director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University, took Florida’s point one step further — saying that Vancouver should also tap into the creativity of a quite different class of workers: binners.

While Price drew a few blank stares, the former Vancouver city councillor is clearly onto something.

Full column here.

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November 4, 2006

It’s been a blissful fall.  Now the rains have come, the days are all too short, but at least we have the memories.

I’m off to Chicago for a week to attend the Rail-volution conference.  See you later. 
(But feel free to keep the comments coming, particularly under the “Pricing Gateway” post below.)

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