Category Archives: City, Soup to Nuts

Afterwords #2: More on Car-free Families

Afterwords consists of footnotes, references and outtakes from columns published in Metro News Vancouver. I’m considering incorporating these notes as best I can into the version of each column that I post to Medium. Speaking of which — if you enjoyed this piece, please consider giving it a recommendation on Medium. This piece was a […]

Policies on real-time ride-sharing and taxi-hailing: City of Vancouver to study Uber

I was interviewed yesterday by CBC Radio’s Michelle Eliot for her story on Uber making a comeback in Vancouver. It was timely, as I had just talking about Uber with a friend the week before that was prompting me re-consider my thoughts on it, which I blogged previously in 2012 (check out those posts here […]

Unpacking Uber’s role in the transportation system and policy

Smartphone-savvy taxi service Uber is the new transportation efficiency tool on the block. What’s the story for the taxis – and transportation system as a whole – that we already have?

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 […]

Today’s Transit, Tomorrow’s Pipeline: Connecting the dots between the headlines

The big story for yesterday was TransLink unveiling their draft 2013 base plan (which TransLink is bringing out for public consultation starting September 20). The gist of it is this: because Christy Clark’s BC government scuttled the Mayor’s Council proposals for drumming up the funds to maintain and expand existing transit services, TransLink is having […]

Re-visiting co-design as participation in planning

Source: Co-Design Group About three years ago, prior to entering UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning, I had a chance to attend a demonstration of the co-design method pioneered by architect Stanley King. This article will give a brief rundown of the major activities involved in a co-design process, This will be followed by […]

Reflecting on This Is Our Stop

Last Thursday, friends and local web app artisans Tylor Sherman and Todd Sieling (principals of Denim and Steel) launched This is Our Stop, a web application they have spent the last few months developing and testing. It is a refinement of my original concept of “a Facebook wall for every bus stop” I proposed back […]

#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 […]

A little more about #myresearch

#myresearch looks at how planning orgs have used & understand Twitter for public engagement on sustainability issues. Here’s a little more on what that research is looking at, why I chose Twitter, and what I hope to get out of this research.

Will the smarter city be built by love?

Source: ekosystem.org Jack Mason, an IBMer working on the IBM Smarter Cities Tumblr, wrote a couple weeks ago: As an IBMer working on Smarter Cities — and a New Yorker for much of my adult life — I’d like to observe that Adam Greenfield doesn’t know me, my motivations, or those of the thousands of […]