Lessons from the Three Waves of the 1918 Spanish Flu

When the Covid Crisis is over and we are in the After Times there are going to be some major changes in the societal landscape.  Changes also happened at the end of the Spanish Flu  one hundred years ago when it was realized that while mortalities were high with the poor population, infectious diseases need toContinue reading “Lessons from the Three Waves of the 1918 Spanish Flu”

A Half Century of Working in Vancouver~The Life and Times of Vern Frick

It is not often that the working life of a person who has worked in Vancouver has a half century of documentation and film.  In 1964 Vern Frick was documented in this YouTube video which was produced for CBC and described his daily work as a postman. In the video he stops on Granville StreetContinue reading “A Half Century of Working in Vancouver~The Life and Times of Vern Frick”

When No One Wanted the Trump Name on Their Building

As reported in the Seattle Times New York City owners in a 377 condo unit tower at 200 Riverside Boulevard on the Upper West Side went to court to have the name “Trump Place” removed off the 46 story building. The judge ruled that the residents “were not obliged by contract” to keep the name, and thisContinue reading “When No One Wanted the Trump Name on Their Building”

Eat Dim Sum, Shop for a Condo

A #Vancouver Dim Sum. When enjoying a shrimp dumpling, consider picking a multi-million dollar condo…or two #vanre #vanpoli #vanlife @DallasRogers101 @sandyjamesplan @nlamontagne @Global_suburbs @GlobalHigherEd @Hulchanski pic.twitter.com/ddGHw2qbDp — Andy Yan (@Ayan604) April 15, 2018 Duke of Data and Director of the Simon Fraser University’s City Program Andy Yan tweets the new cross marketing opportunity at aContinue reading “Eat Dim Sum, Shop for a Condo”

Richard Wozny, Real Estate Prices and “Mortgage Slaves”

In planning and real estate Richard Wozny is a local legend for his ability to capture the upside of real estate in over 1,200 studies for public and private enterprises. That represents over $100 billion dollars worth of real estate work. Richard is direct, personable, and disarmingly honest. As Douglas Todd observes in the VancouverContinue reading “Richard Wozny, Real Estate Prices and “Mortgage Slaves””

City of Vancouver Volunteer Opportunity~Public Space and Public Life Study

City of Vancouver Volunteers Deadline Jan 30 The City of Vancouver is conducting a Public Space and Public Life (PSPL) Study in partnership with Gehl to collect ‘people data’ to better understand how people use and spend time in Downtown Vancouver. The PSPL Study’s findings will be used to inform a Downtown Public Space StrategyContinue reading “City of Vancouver Volunteer Opportunity~Public Space and Public Life Study”

The Friday File~ Veronica Moss, Auto Lobbyist

From StreetsBlog comes this cameo from  Saturday Night Live actress Kate McKinnon depicting Auto Lobbyist Veronica Moss. As StreetsBlog observes: “we were granted unfettered access to Veronica Moss, lobbyist for Automobile Users Trade Organization (AUTO). Veronica gave us a few precious moments inside her SUV to talk about roads, traffic, cyclists, and big cities. AfterContinue reading “The Friday File~ Veronica Moss, Auto Lobbyist”

Back to the Bridge~ Liberals Suppressed Report on Twinning the Massey Tunnel

The Delta Optimist  has published a  letter that really should have  been their big headline. But never mind~Price Tags Vancouver will do it. We all remember the defeated Liberal government’s bandying around of the proposed multi-billion overbuilt Massey Bridge which would have provided ten lanes on the bridge and led to the industrialization of thatContinue reading “Back to the Bridge~ Liberals Suppressed Report on Twinning the Massey Tunnel”

Seymour Street Hisses with the Mosquito Anti-Loitering Device

      If you have been walking on Seymour Street between Robson and Smithe you have probably heard it~kind of a high-pitched hissing noise, with a bit of a pulse to it. And no, it is not a heat pump or something related to a building’s air conditioning. That sound is actually a deterrentContinue reading “Seymour Street Hisses with the Mosquito Anti-Loitering Device”