Cornelia Oberlander 1921-2021: Landscape Architect Icon & My Friend

There are some people that you never expect to pass, people that you know and see as the fabric of place and your existence in it. That is fundamentally what and who  Cornelia Oberlander is to me. At her funeral she was called the Dean of Canadian Landscape Architecture, and more intimately known as theContinue reading “Cornelia Oberlander 1921-2021: Landscape Architect Icon & My Friend”

Is the Vancouver Park Board Staying in its Lane?

Vancouver is the only city in Canada that still has a separate park board. That means that there is a separately funded staff that exclusively  manages parks and recreational centres, and reports directly to Vancouver City Council on their budget. The mandate of the Park Board is to “provide, preserve, and advocate for parks andContinue reading “Is the Vancouver Park Board Staying in its Lane?”

Six Year Old Takes On Delta City Hall for a Much Needed Crosswalk

A six year old girl was trying to cross Central Avenue in Ladner between the Lions Park and London Drugs. She was with three brothers and sisters and her grandmother. A vehicle driver  came from around the corner at great speed and almost hit the four children. This six year old girl decided to DoContinue reading “Six Year Old Takes On Delta City Hall for a Much Needed Crosswalk”

Hudson’s Bay Company Paddles Away from Landlords, Employee Obligations

Three years ago I wrote about the turf of the  iconic Hudson’s Bay store in downtown Vancouver at Granville and Georgia Streets being for sale, and in 2018 I wrote that the store’s property had been bought by an undisclosed Asian buyer for 675 million dollars. The Hudson’s Bay Company  had previously leased their NewContinue reading “Hudson’s Bay Company Paddles Away from Landlords, Employee Obligations”

The Post~Covid City With Duke of Data Andy Yan

This time of quarantine shows you can never adequately predict the future or where it will take you.  Last week there were two excellent webinars hosted by Urban Logiq and Boston University’s School of Public Health  looking at planning and social issues related to Covid-19. What these informed discussions provided was a guide to theContinue reading “The Post~Covid City With Duke of Data Andy Yan”

How A Sliced Meat Twitter Account Provides Great Advice for Municipal Management

  This was supposed to be a media account to attract attention to the product, which is frozen sliced meats. But with nearly 165,000 followers, @Steak_Umm champions data, common sense, and communication in a way that is needed in these Covid info times about how to move forward with municipal management.   Josh Skolnick with BloombergContinue reading “How A Sliced Meat Twitter Account Provides Great Advice for Municipal Management”

What is the Balance Between Access and Respect in Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery?

Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery opened in 1886 and is administered by the City of Vancouver. It has a 110 acre site located west of Fraser Street between 31st and 43rd Avenues. The current manager is Glen Hodges who is well respected for his work and for his stewardship of the cemetery. There are over 92,000Continue reading “What is the Balance Between Access and Respect in Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery?”