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September 29, 2014

Off to Minneapolis.  Back on the blog after October 6.

World Premiere: “Seacycles”

September 26, 2014

A stunning visual portrait of the new bike route from Burrard Bridge to Point Grey Road, by Kathleen Corey and Brian Gould – this time with extra drone!



“World premiere” – is that a bit much?  Well, the politics of PGR alone makes it of international interest.  But the design of the project, particularly at the south end of Burrard Bridge, is an achievement of transportation engineering worthy of wide recognition.  So pass along this link to friends and contacts around the world:

There’s also another reason to help spread the word, and the video.

Price Tags has devoted a lot of pixels to the “New Point Grey Road” in the belief that capturing its success visually would ensure its survival, even in the face of political promises that the project would be ‘reviewed’ to make it “accessible to all Vancouverites” – which can only mean opening it to through traffic.

This video, I think, captures something so beautiful and powerful that such a change to the ‘New Point Grey Road’ will never be seriously considered.



False Creek’s oldest bridge, Seaforth’s spreading trees. Joined by paths like those between Jericho and Kits Beach.

Pocket parks sewn into a ribbon – Tatlow stitched to Volunteer. Ride a tandem by the seashore, run your fingers ‘long the seam.

A dozen cars for every bicycle? A dozen bikes for every car. What was louder than the waves is but an eddy in the wind.

Gentle ripples lapping at the wall, trickles open up a crack. The waves were out there waiting, and now they’re rushing through.

As the ships sail Burrard Inlet, the seacycles ply Point Grey.


Music: Dexter Britain, The Time to Run (Finale)
Waves: Tim Kahn, Arcadia Beac

Vancouver Done Frugally

September 26, 2014

Seth Kugel, the New York Times Frugal Traveler, lets his parents plan a trip to Vancouver – on the cheap (relatively), including accommodation.  They chose Dunbar.

Plus more:

What made our time in Vancouver stand out, though, was our evenings. Where I would have probably buried myself in local food blogs and reviews — and ended up crisscrossing the city — my parents simply asked our hosts for recommendations. It turned out they lived walking distance from several commercial strips lined with independent stores and small restaurants, many of them Asian (and no tourists).

When the three of them added it up after 72 hours:  $742.64

Find out how here.   (There’s also the San Juan Islands and Portland for comparison.)

Taxi Crash: The Impact of Uber in San Francisco

September 26, 2014

Jimbo references this article in The Atlantic in a post below – worthy of bringing to the foreground: After Uber, San Francisco Has Seen a 65-Percent Decline in Cab Use



The precipitous rise of services like Uber (and its fellow shared-ride services, like Lyft and Sidecar) has meant—markets being what they are—a precipitous decline in taxi rides taken across the city.

… the director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency gave a presentation to the organization’s board of directors. It was titled “Taxis and Accessible Services Division: Status of Taxi Industry,” though it may as well have been titled “How the Taxi Industry Is Doing Now That Uber Is a Thing.”  …”Part of the story,” Toran noted, “is we don’t have hard data yet from the [transportation network companies'] side to really analyze the full impact on the streets and our air quality.”

And this is the early stages.  Lots more disruption to come.

Michael Kluckner’s Heritage Talks

September 26, 2014

One of this city’s favourite historians and authors …



• Gentrification in Vancouver

September 30th, 7:30 pm at Hycroft, 1489 McRae Avenue:

My lecture on Gentrification in Vancouver, its historical roots in the city and its relationship to heritage, urban renewal and The Big Picture of global economic changes in recent decades.

Tickets are $12, available here or by calling 604 264-9642.


Shelter from the Storm

October 16th, 7:30 pm at Kerrisdale Community Centre:

Free lecture on about the evolution of house design in Vancouver, with a passing glance at apartments and condos, showing how each change has mirrored the way people want to live. See here for further details.

Pre-registration required: please call 604 257-8100.


• Vintage Vancouver films at the VanCity Theatre

Seymour Street downtown

This year’s showing of old films from the City of Vancouver Archives which I have curated and will narrate is entitled Vancouver – A Progressive City. The early Kodachrome of, for example, the Jersey Farms’s horse-drawn milk delivery in 1940, or the colour aerials of Vancouver during the same period, are the closest we will likely get to time travel.




- November 2nd, 2:30 pm, the 2014 set; 7:30 pm, the 2012 show repeated
November 30th, 2:30 pm, a repeat of the 2014 show

Details of ticket-purchasing will be included in an email to you about a month from now.


• Historic Panoramas

November 13th at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre: another show of historic panoramas, supplemented by early aerial photographs, projected onto the dome of the planetarium. Details to follow in a later email.

Doors Open is Open in Vancouver – Oct 4

September 26, 2014

Doors Open to Vancouver’s most popular and iconic buildings

Cityhall-1Doors Open events are hosted in cities around the world, including London, New York and Toronto, that connects residents with the buildings they know, giving them a look into the activities that normally take place behind the scenes.

On Saturday, October 4, from 10am-5pm the City will host Vancouver’s inaugural Doors Open, a one-day event that will allow the public a behind-the-scenes look at over 20 popular and iconic Vancouver buildings.

Throughout the day, the public will be able to enjoy free access to Vancouver venues for an opportunity to learn about civic services while experiencing Vancouver’s architectural, design, engineering, and cultural heritage.

Nhood-Energy-1Doors Open venues are located in three walkable clusters: downtown, around City Hall, and in the False Creek Flats.

For a full list of participating buildings visit  Venues include:

  • City Hall
  • False Creek Energy Centre
  • Scotiabank Dance Theatre
  • 3-1-1 Call Centre
  • Vancouver Animal Control Centre
  • Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services Training Centre
  • Vancouver Police Department Mounted Unit – and more

A variety of tours will be offered at each site. Plan your visit by going to

Sustainability Breakfasts: Three for October

September 26, 2014

Metro Vancouver's Sustainability Community Breakfast



Celebrating a Century of Liquid Waste Services in Metro Vancouver –
Now and Then

Wednesday, October 8, 2014  7:30 – 9:00 am
Eagles Hall, 170 West 3rd Street, North Vancouver
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 7:30 – 9:00 am
Sheraton Vancouver Guilford Hotel, 15269 104th Avenue, Surrey


Join us for an historical journey of the past 100 years, and an exploration of impressive technological innovations and improvements that will unfold in the next 100 years.


  • Fred Nenninger, Manager, Policy Planning Analysis & Waste Water Treatment Plant Upgrades, Liquid Waste Services, Metro Vancouver (October 8 & 29)
  • Jeff Arason, Manager, Utilities, Engineering Department, City of Surrey (October 29 only)
  • Simon So, General Manager, Liquid Waste Services, Metro Vancouver (October 8 & 29)


Wednesday, October 8, 2014  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Eagles Hall, 170 West 3rd Street, North Vancouver

Register for October 8


Wednesday, October 29, 2013 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Sheraton Vancouver Guilford Hotel, 15269 104th Avenue, Surrey 

Register for October 29




Working with Partners – Enhancing Metro Vancouver Waterways

Wednesday, October 22, 2014  7:30 – 9:00 am
British Columbia Institute of Technology
555 Seymour Street, Vancouver

Join us to learn about three recently completed projects, and how partners play a vital role in enhancing our region’s waterways for salmon.


  • Brian Smith, Hatchery Manager, Seymour Salmonid Society
  • Ross Davies, Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society (KEEPS)
  • Robin Taylor, Environmental Manager, PMH1, Transportation Investment Corporation

Register for Oct 22


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