With clouds, bride and man fishing.
Davie St near Bute.
The Economist reviews the speed of change in motor vehicles. The internal combustion engine’s replacement by the electric motor is happening faster than expected. It often seems that technical progress exceeds expectations, while we humans change slowly.
The implications are clear. More electrical energy usage; less fossil fuel usage, leading to demand reduction. Greater impetus to “leave it in the ground”, and growth of such stranded assets as an issue for utilities, fossil-fuel corporations and the governments that subsidize and enable them. If, that is, we can overcome resistance to change by fossil-fuel companies, their captured governments, and their well-funded propaganda agents. And if we can continue to take advantage of the dropping costs for renewable energy sources like wind and solar.
The demand reduction scenario is especially concerning for Alberta’s highest-of-all high-cost tar sands industry.
THE high-pitched whirr of an electric car may not stir the soul like the bellow and growl of an internal combustion engine (ICE). But to compensate, electric motors give even the humblest cars explosive acceleration. Electric cars are similarly set for rapid forward thrust. Improving technology and tightening regulations on emissions from ICEs is about to propel electric vehicles (EVs) from a niche to the mainstream. After more than a century of reliance on fossil fuels, however, the route from petrol power to volts will be a tough one for carmakers to navigate. . . .
Ford’s boss is bolder still. In January Mark Fields announced that the “era of the electric vehicle is dawning”, and he reckons that the number of models of EVs will exceed pure ICE-powered cars within 15 years. Ford has promised 13 new electrified cars in the next five years. Others are making bigger commitments. Volkswagen, the world’s biggest carmaker, said last year that it would begin a product blitz in 2020 and launch 30 new battery-powered models by 2025, when EVs will account for up to a quarter of its sales. Daimler, a German rival, also recently set an ambitious target of up to a fifth of sales by the same date.
On the street in Puerto Vallarta.
BC Business profiles a group of bicycle-related businesses now thriving in Vancouver.
As residents ride their bicycles more—trips climbed 32 per cent from 2014 to 2015, according to the city’s 2015 Transportation Panel Survey—an assortment of frame-makers, app designers, repair shops and publications have sprung from the cycling economy.
Puerto Vallarta Feb 15.
Waiting for summer
Here’s an unattributed mural on Seymour near Smithe. Note the Dominos Pizza delivery bike.
With Phase 1 of the 10-year TransLink plan funded and work well underway, people are wondering where the money will come from for Phase 2, where some really big bucks get spent. Broadway Subway, Surrey light rail, Pattullo Bridge.
Minister Fassbender is proposing transit be (at least partly) financed by cashing in on the increase in land value and ensuing profits for developments built around transit stations. He assured BC municipalities that he is not planning to rob their piggy-banks.
Hello Broadway Extension; goodbye CAC’s. And welcome to a “transit-supporting levy” collected and administered by your Provincial Gov’t.
Note that the Mayors previously proposed a “region-wide development fee” to help fund transit. This fee would apply region-wide, with possibly higher rate for higher-density transit oriented developments. See page 35 of the Mayor’s 10-Year Vision Investment Plan.
Thanks to Frances Bula in the Globe and Mail.
Other cities, notably Metro Toronto, have considered this kind of “land-value capture” system for financing transit, as well. Some look to the City of Vancouver’s existing method of community-amenity contributions as a model. Vancouver negotiates with developers to give back community benefits equivalent to 75 per cent of the land-value increase they see when their land is rezoned.
Vancouver is especially likely to be concerned how its approach would be disrupted by a new transit levy.
The city collected $105-million in 2015 in community amenity contributions from developers who got rezonings. Half of that went to an affordable-housing fund, while the remainder was spent on heritage, parks, community centres and child-care facilities
At 37th Ave on the Arbutus Corridor is one of the few remaining billboards I know of. In tony crème-de-la-cremesville Kerrisdale, yet. A total eyesore from any angle. And true to form for the ‘hood, it’s advertising a hideously expensive watch brand.
On the plus side, it does have a mini-mass of iconic heritage-defining blackberry bushes.
Click photo for a larger version.
. . . we have Statistics Canada ready to serve, with the 2016 Census count as of May 10, 2016. This release of data focuses on population and dwellings, with further releases through to November on various topics.
Rev up those data-crunching machines and brain cells.
- People: 35,151,728
- Location: 35.5% of Canadians live in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
- Growth (2011-2016): 5% overall; 66% of that from migration (immigration minus emigration)
- Growth location: Nunavut (12.7%); Alberta (11.6%); Sask (6.3%); Manitoba (.58%); BC (5.6%); Canada overall (5.0%)
The detailed products from StatsCan are endless, like this example on the Vancouver “Census Metropolitan Area (CMA)“:
Admittedly, I haven’t travelled the full 9 km of the Arbutus Corridor recently, but from 10th to 59th, I think these were the only remaining train tracks on Feb 1.
Note the graceful electrical sub-station.
At … er … ah … sunset.
Broadway & Alma, northwest corner, is the proposed location of a new rental building proposed by Westbank. The site is currently a one-story strip mall, complete with mostly-empty most-of-the time parking spots. How does this, I wonder, fit into Vancouver’s heritage? Possibly a concern for some.
The particulars on the building are HERE (including 11 PDF’s), with a few shown below:
- 94 secured market rental units
- A floor area of 7,238 sq. m. (77,909 sq. ft.)
- A proposed floor space ratio (FSR) of 3.15
- A building height of 19.5 m (64 ft.)
- 99 parking spaces.
A community open house is scheduled for April 5, 2017 from 5-8:00pm, at the St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Avenue), with City staff and the applicant team available to answer questions.
Click for larger photos.
Thanks to Frances Bula for the tip.
I’m not quite sure if this guy is merely a moving billboard, or is actually making a delivery too.
A jungle of critters and blossoms.
For extra points, count the baby ladybugs. And try saying that a few times fast.
With thanks to Erin Bullivant and Tina Church for this work dated August 2007.
Peter Mitham writes in Business In Vancouver about that new player on the scene in Vancouver at the 6-month stage. And it seems that a change in direction is emerging on his wall in the form of a 5-year plan involving a serious look at a new big picture.
The pace of change and development, combined with a generational shift, has created the need for a new consensus to meet the challenges of the future – one that could be equally successful if the city can again harness public trust and confidence. . .
. . . “What is the bigger picture? Where should development go? And how does it tie into other community aspirations around sustainability, affordability and so forth? These don’t all seem connected at this point.” . . .
. . . “Today’s game is a little more difficult, in the sense that the development isn’t concentrated downtown – a lot of it is along the corridors, the transit lines that we’ve built, infill in neighbourhoods.”
Planners need to work more intensely with residents to ensure connections between what’s happening on the ground and what cities would like to see happen, and how it all fits into the larger scheme of things.
. . . and the irony.