A lovely Saturday afternoon.
At Main & Terminal.
Legendary Cap’s Bicycles Langley once had a museum, and now you can buy its bikes via Able Auctions in Surrey. Bid online HERE (starting at item 33. Note the mixed-up lot sequence, with bikes, skull-themed jewelry, Darth Vader statues, disco boots and comic books somewhat intermingled) or attend in person from 9:30 a.m. Sunday March 26 at 13557-77 Ave., Surrey, BC. Preview on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The auction involves other collections too (398 items including around 200 bikes), so the exact item timing will be unpredictable. But the variety of bikes is immense.
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Leave a gift, take a gift.
Inspired by Afeatherway.com (a free trading platform).
Located on the new, improved Point Grey Greenway.
Peter Norman writes entertainingly in The Walrus about an ocean cruise he took with Ezra Levant of the Rebel web site, and twelve dozen of his followers. It’s snidely amusing, when it isn’t a pointed warning to avoid smug “can’t-happen-here” bragging. Let the name Kellie Leitch surface.
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, well then a certain US politician must be feeling just a little bit happy. Even though Canada’s alt-right movement is tiny, it is doubtless all that a branch plant can be, and full of true believers.
Mr. Norman sketches the familiar hot topics (climate change is bogus, Muslims are bad, political correctness is wrong, we hate Hilary, and so on). He also gives a description of the path to the “information bubble” in which we all can now exist.
Finding scant support for his views in the mainstream media, the nascent Rebel turns to Google, where his search for truth might lead to one of the many clickbait videos posted on Levant’s web site. (The Rebel has racked up more than six million YouTube views per month since its launch in early 2015. No one writes a headline like Levant.) Driven by a convert’s zeal, the newly minted Rebel becomes not only a steady consumer of Rebel content but also a publisher—spamming his friends with the stuff on Twitter and Facebook.
One Rebel I met, a middle-aged oil-patch worker from northern Alberta, described his daily media consumption as follows: First he goes to Breitbart for news, then the Rebel for “analysis,” then his local Sun newspaper “for entertainment.” Time permitting, he’ll move on to the Globe and Mail or the Toronto Star or the CBC—but only if he isn’t already “angry enough.” (That last bit was said partly in jest, but the rest was in earnest.)
And Norman touches on the volunteer and paid staff that infest social media to spread these ideas and attack opponents.
In their spare time, some of these Rebels toil as volunteer activists, helming conservative citizens’ groups, blogging, getting into online fights. (“I love it when they block me,” one woman said with relish.)
The Mayor’s council has sent out this press release on today’s Federal Gov’t Budget announcement. It looks like ~ $ 2.2B for the Millennium Line Broadway Extension (a.k.a. Broadway subway) and the Surrey LRT. Smaller things too.
Pattullo Bridge replacement funding is a little less clear.
Today the TransLink Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation welcomed the Government of Canada’s commitment of approximately $2.2 billion in its 2017-2018 budget which marks the next step forward in building two critically important rapid transit projects in Metro Vancouver.
The estimated contribution from the government’s Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) builds upon an initial commitment of $370 million for local transit projects in 2016, which at a combined total of $2.6 billion marks the single largest federal investment in Metro Vancouver transportation in at least 20 years.
TransLink and the Mayors’ Council can now move forward in negotiations with the provincial government to secure matching funds for Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transit and Transportation, which includes construction of the Millennium Line Broadway Extension in Vancouver and the Surrey LRT, as well as increased service on existing SkyTrain lines, continued expansion of bus service in every corner of the region, and new funding for major roads, walking and cycling infrastructure.
Time for the Province to pitch in.
Spring-like day; spring-like colours. Thank you earth. This lifts my spirits immensely.
Two items to see as the Point Grey Road upgrade into a greenway continues. The yellow circle (a concrete form) marks the eventual location of seating. Note the line of new phone poles, all moved to ensure an unbroken, safe, smooth and level sidewalk on the north side of PGR.
Or do they.
When the mall biz loses its way, perhaps these design prescriptions can show owners a new path to profit. So says Jim Anderson of DIALOG design. As reported by Rebecca Keillor in Postmedia outlet The Vancouver Sun.
Some of his ideas involve thinking about transportation, as used by customers to get to the mall. Rest assured it isn’t all about bigger parking lots, he says. And it does involve consideration of the nature of the surrounding community.
Mr. Anderson spoke in part about his firm’s design for a $550M, 210,000 sq.ft.expansion and renovation of 1971-vintage Sherway Gardens, a 200-shop mall in the former Etobicoke, operated by Cadillac Fairview. It’s anchored by the Bay and Holt Renfrew. The usual suspects in mall retail are all there. Nordstrom has announced it will arrive in September 2017.
“People don’t go to the shopping centre to buy any more,” says Anderson . . . “They used to go to shop, but they can buy it online, so the experience needs to be a richer experience, more a sense of place.” . .
. . . When DIALOG designed Toronto’s Sherway Gardens, one of the largest malls in the GTA, Anderson says it applied this philosophy.
“We deliberately expanded it towards the street to start to address the street in an urban way, rather than simply be an island in the middle of a parking structure,” he says. “And not just addressing it in a ‘façadism’ type of way, like dressing up the exterior — a brick fortress in the middle of a parking lot — but actually activate the experience so that from the outside things were happening.” . . .
. . . They also designed the mall around where the transit stops are, and are going to be, preserving part of the site for a subway station, and really thinking about how people will be arriving at the mall, not simply “from a car to the entrance”.
“So how will people actually arrive by bicycle?” he says. “How would they arrive by foot? How would they arrive by bus? How would they first experience the shopping centre?”
Mr. Anderson makes a nice sales pitch. But. Frankly. Sherway Gardens is still a freeway & car dependent mall, now comprising roughly 1,200,000 sq.ft. It strongly reminds me of Tsawassen Mills. It has more local population, more freeways, and probably more competition. Today, Sherway Gardens boasts 6000 free parking spots (according to Parktopia) and valet parking for only $10. I couldn’t find the word “subway” in any publicity for Sherway Gardens, except for the sandwich shop.
As farm workers found in the century before last, and factory workers in the last century — machine takeover of human work is a fact of life. And with the rise of artificial intelligence and ever cheaper, ever more powerful chips to run this AI software, not even journalists (and lowly bloggers) are immune from disruption.
Shannon Rupp writes (for now at least) in The Tyee about the state of the art in AI-journalist software. It’s amusing until it isn’t. And there’s a hint of how this AI software can function as an intelligent assistant, so maybe all is not lost.
Bots have been on the news beats since 2015, and they’re starting to get good at it. The Washington Post’s Heliograf program was a big part of its stellar election coverage, with digital-reporters writing 500 election stories, and pulling 500,000 clicks, in a fraction of the time it would take meat-reporters to churn out that copy. . . .
Heliograf also functions as a kind of journo’s assistant, alerting a human to odd voting patterns or unexpected election results. That frees up the human journalists to analyze the information, ask questions, do interviews, and write engaging prose for stories where the quality of the writing matters.
The upshot is that the Post is attracting new subscribers, partly due to the depth of its coverage. Which also means that this year it is adding about five dozen meat-journalists to the newsroom.
Afraj Gill in the Globe and Mail gives us a broader look at the AI-abundant future that is probably out there and steadily trundling our way. It’s a plea to understand the coming job and life disruption, and to plan to surf this wave, rather than getting pounded down by it.
At this point, there is little value in reiterating the litany of research on the number of jobs that will be automated in this Fourth Industrial Revolution (such as the World Economic Forum’s study stating five million jobs in 15 economies will be automated within five years – Canada is no exception, with nearly half of our jobs set to be affected by automation within a decade).
A video making the rounds — now here on PT. Runs 1:39.
Travelled the Arbutus Greenway on its temporary surfaces today. A few things to see (at least temporarily), as the temporary planned temporary surfaces come into being, prior to resumption of design consultation.
Signs of humans. A service (Mobi).
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The last phase of the Point Grey Road Seaside Greenway work is well underway. Wider sidewalks, with further spacing from the road, and city-owned land for them reclaimed from residents’ encroachment.
Note the level sidewalks, with no driveway dips — making runner, ped and wheelchair travel much easier.
Located at 4266 w 10th Ave, Vancouver. Help me out — there must be a technical name for those window styles on the turret. They do look just right for concealed firing positions for archers.
Someone better review that marketing rationale.
And yes, Hellman’s makes genuine vegan mayo. Who knew.
Presumably to help celebrate and publicize International Women’s Day.
At the Vancouver Art Gallery.
“Big Love Ball” by Wendy Williams Watt.
Will future generations look back on this building with awe and reverence — the vanguard of an emerging aesthetic? A bold new heritage to sweep away the fusty old one.
With fresh snow on the mountains.
The Arbutus Greenway is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create something big, wonderful and enduring for active transportation in Vancouver. Thankfully, citizens have beaten back the effort to turn it into a private park (complete with heritage blackberry bushes, whose berries go so well with crème-de-la-crème and cocktails). Citizens went to open houses in energetic droves to toss in their wishes, hopes and fears.
But what comes next?
Naiobh O’Connor, writing in the Vancouver Courier, asked Lon LaClaire, Vancouver’s Director of Transportation, to discuss the upcoming design effort. Wondering, like everyone, how to squeeze in walkers, rollers of various kinds, bike riders and provisions for an eventual light rail system. Not to mention art, history, planters and whatever else came up from the consultations.
Personally, I’ll be most interested in intersections, since this is where danger lurks. I’d be delighted to see grade-separation in a few places where the Greenway crosses arterials. I’ll be looking for design options in the fall, and preferred options in the spring of 2018.
From the Vancouver Courier: Greenway project staff are now analyzing a mountain of feedback. Close to 4,000 people submitted input — 3,000 completed a city survey, 910 visited two pop-up events and 260 attended open houses. . . .
The corridor ranges in width from 15 to 20 metres, raising anxiety the city is trying to pack too many uses in. It’s a point raised during consultation where one of the main messages LaClaire heard was “people want something pretty simple.”
“I heard some people concerned about what we’re trying to fit in the right-of-way… trying to fit a streetcar, walking and cycling doesn’t leave much space,” he said. “That is going to be a challenge in the design. It will be interesting in the next phase, when we come up with options, how it can fit and get people’s reactions.”
Deciding the route for the future streetcar is one the first priorities because it will inform the rest of the design. There may be portions where the tracks could veer off the corridor and move back on at a different point. LaClaire has been talking with city engineers about the possibilities. . . .
But detailed design work on the final greenway is a long way off. This fall, design options will be unveiled followed by further consultation. A preferred option, which might be a combination of more than one, will be released in the spring of 2018.