The Friday File: Carwalking in Germany, Peatonito in Mexico City

Yes, carwalking is a  thing, and surprisingly became popular with Michael Hartmann in Munich Germany back in the 1980’s. He took this kind of thing seriously, climbing over hoods of cars that were in his way. Think back to the 1970’s and 1980’s, when motordom reigned supreme and everything was just a freeway ride away.Continue reading “The Friday File: Carwalking in Germany, Peatonito in Mexico City”

Traffic Calming the “Burbs” of London

An interesting way to change the nature of traffic is written in this article by The Standard. Imagine  Walthamstow England (in East London)  which introduced partial road closures along twelve main roads. Traffic which was over 20,000 vehicles per day was cut by 50 per cent. The aim of the project was to reduce short cuttingContinue reading “Traffic Calming the “Burbs” of London”

Place Making Where You Least Expect~Reclaiming Industrial Space for Parks

From Park People.ca and Ken Greenberg  comes the video by Garrick Mason  “Something New from Something Old”  describing some unique and some familiar concepts in making great public spaces. Using conversations with urbanists in New York City and in Toronto, the film explores how low density streets can give up much space for the car, but spaceContinue reading “Place Making Where You Least Expect~Reclaiming Industrial Space for Parks”

How We Pay For Urban Transportation~ New Westminster’s Innovation Thursday

From City Councillor and Urbanist Patrick Johnstone, on the City of New Westminster’s Transportation Forums at Innovation Week: Thursday March 1 would be a good day to spend in New Westminster if you are interested in learning about urban transportation and how we pay for it. As part of Innovation Week, the City of NewContinue reading “How We Pay For Urban Transportation~ New Westminster’s Innovation Thursday”

Metro Conversation~The Future of Transportation~February 27

  From Councillor and Urbanist Patrick Johnstone, on the City of New Westminster’s Metro Conversation at Innovation Week: The theme for the 2018 Innovation Week in New Westminster is Innovation in Transportation, and one of the events is a Metro Conversation that will challenge some of the assumptions made about the emerging and disruptive technologiesContinue reading “Metro Conversation~The Future of Transportation~February 27”

The U.S. 10 Year Census Count Tries to Find Every Dwelling, Especially in Cities

In cities where there is a shortage of housing and people are living in unorthodox dwellings, how do you carry out a census count? The New York Times reports on  the challenges of ensuring that every person is accounted for in the census, which is used as the base for planning and funding cities. Federal resources areContinue reading “The U.S. 10 Year Census Count Tries to Find Every Dwelling, Especially in Cities”

Googletown, the Next Silicon Valley?

. City Council in San Jose California is voting on giving Google “exclusive negotiating rights for parcels of city-owned land next to the Diridon train station, part of a plan to transform 250 acres of downtown San Jose into a transport hub connected to office towers and apartments.”   Price Tags Vancouver originally wrote about this conceptContinue reading “Googletown, the Next Silicon Valley?”

Washington State~Where Beaches and Shores Are Not Public-But They Probably Are Anyway

Its hard to believe but in the United States there are several states that historically privatized their shores and tidelands, creating a hodge podge of regulation and uncertainty about availability and access to what should be a public right~the access to beaches and shorelines. Washington State is among several that sold its tidelands and beaches 120 yearsContinue reading “Washington State~Where Beaches and Shores Are Not Public-But They Probably Are Anyway”

When the Mountain View Needs To be Trimmed~City Says Three Overheight Towers ARE the View

Mike Howell at the Vancouver Courier has written an an evocative column on why the City says it is  “ok”to build three over height towers (one 18 storeys above the established view corridors) and erase out the natural views of the north shore mountains from Cambie and Broadway. Price Tags Vancouver has quotations from  Mike’sContinue reading “When the Mountain View Needs To be Trimmed~City Says Three Overheight Towers ARE the View”

Urbanist Melody Ma, the Vancouver View Corridors, & Why They Are Important

The Northeast False Creek Plan goes to Council this week and Price Tags Vancouver has been looking for any rationale behind the city’s deliberate piercing of the City’s long-established view corridors. City staff are  recommending three tall towers that will be way, way over the 300 foot height limit-The rationale for the two 425 foot, 48 storey towersContinue reading “Urbanist Melody Ma, the Vancouver View Corridors, & Why They Are Important”