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My first column contribution for Metro News Vancouver

Quick post to mark the occasion of the publication of my first column for the Vancouver edition of the daily Metro News newspaper yesterday. I will be contributing an article for the weekly column on the topic of transit, walking and cycling; it appears on Tuesdays. I’m very excited at getting to share my experiences […]

APA 2013 – Participation & Thoughts on Unconference on Intelligent Cities

Four quick tips for the APA Unconference, some news about my involvement with the APA’s Technology Division, and a side-trip on Evgeny Morozov’s latest work.

Me on Vancouver Transportation in Spacing Fall 2012 issue

TonightOn September 25th, the fine folks at Spacing Magazine will celebrated the launch of the latest issue of Spacing Magazine. As Spacing has done since last year, they publish one two national issues a year with contributions from cities across Canada. I am grateful that the editors extended to me an opportunity to contribute, alongside […]

#PlannersTweet: Learning how planning and planners use(s) Twitter

Inspired by my friend Raul Pacheco-Vega’s recent use of Twitter to encourage scholars to talk about their research, I’d like to get planning researchers and practitioners talking a little bit about what they get from using Twitter. There’s always been a lot of misperceptions — that Twitter is only for reading headlines, sharing what you […]

Transit Pet Peeves: One person’s contest, another person’s social inclusion setback

Last week, TransLink announced that they are running a contest/campaign on their Facebook page involving riders’ pet peeves in transit. They are encouraging people to people to vote, elimination-style, on the behaviors observed on transit that people find most irritating. The incentives to do so, aside from that wonderful feeling of having gotten your feelings […]

Reflecting on “What Urban Planning Taught Me About Open Data” – Open Gov West Presentation

On November 10, 2010, at the Open Gov West BC conference, I experienced the exhilaration and terror and joy that is an Ignite presentation, when I shared the concepts, examples and ideas from urban planning that have changed my thoughts on what’s possible with Open Data.

NetSquared Camp: Session on Non-Profits and Open Civic Data

I volunteered to lead a session on Non-Profits and Open Civic Data at yesterday’s NetSquaredCamp, and we talked and thought about how non-profits might make use of open data as part of their advocacy and convening conversations on what is important to us in improving our neighbourhoods and daily lives.

Northern Voice 2010: From Tweets to Plans panel reflections

At this year’s Northern Voice, I was grateful to have been given the chance to moderate a panel, titled, “From Tweets to Plans: Online Conversations for Urban Planning.” I’d gotten the idea to do it from being invited to the SCARP Symposium by PlanningPool, where I found myself talking about blogging to urban planners, and […]