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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 […]

Some thoughts on last night

We watched. We watched on TV. A camera perched somewhere high above the street showed us the scene at the Fanzone on Georgia Street. Wall-to-wall people. We’re glad we’re not there, we murmured. It was game 5 of the Stanley Playoffs, in Vancouver. I was at the Hurricane Grill in Yaletown — the first bar […]

Upcoming Unconferences: Greenest City Camp, Transportation Camps, and Planning Technology Conference

Three unconferences coming up: Transportation Camps in New York and San Francisco, Greenest City Camp in Vancouver, and in April, Planning Technology Conference in Boston.

Bringing Historic Vancouver Maps into the Present and Future

I’m writing this blog post from Vancouver Open Data Hackathon. These are some takeaways from a conversation with Sue Bigelow from the Vancouver Archives. Sue has been interested in the potential applications of Map Rectifier on scans of maps of Vancouver created by the City of Vancouver over the years as part of their work. […]

Vancouver Hackathon and Adopt-A-Stop: The Idea

“Adopt-a-Stop” is our idea for a web and mobile-enabled application for community members to find and share information about the five-block radius around each bus stop. As the name alludes, the service will encourage and empower individual community members to garden and curate and take ownership of an individual Facebook-style page for each stop.

Re-imagining Britannia Community Centre and surrounding neighbourhood

Live on The Drive? Hung out there? Ever walk its streets and think, “This place is perfect! NEVER CHANGE!” Or, conversely, “Gawds, this place is awful, won’t someone please do something about it?” (Doubtful, but just covering the bases…) This range of reactions is exactly what me and my class have been going through, every […]

Open311 – opening the city like we really mean it

Last Friday, due to a great stroke of fortune, I got to visit the Vancouver 311 call centre and hear a presentation from two of that project’s key figures: the person who championed the project within City Hall, Barbara Pearce, and the Operations Manager, Darcy Wilson. I didn’t know too much about the 311 project […]

What Open Data Changes: Sustainability and Knowledge Creation

In May, I spoke to Vancouver City Council in support of the motion on open data. One of my beliefs that I stated at that presentation, and which I still believe, is that open data creates the possibility of citizens being able to have conversations based on fact. With the challenges of peak oil and […]

One more Home Grow-In Grocer Update

A summary of new developments at the Home Grow-In Grocer, including owner Deb’s philanthropic efforts, new produce and community contributions.

From Critical Mass to Critical Manners

Since the start of the Burrard Bike Lane Reallocation Trial, the temperature of the relationship between cyclists and drivers has occasionally flared up, and I’ve unwittingly and unintentionally exposed myself to more negativity about my choice to be a cyclist and my occasional bending of the law than, really, is mentally healthy. After this blog […]