On Saturday, August 12th thousands of people had a chance to see new and old murals around Mt. Pleasant neighbourhood.
“… but I just hate the way architects and city planners and everyone else responsible for urban life seems to have lost sight of what cities are for. They are for people. That seems obvious enough, but for half a century we have been building cities that are for almost anything else: for cars, for businesses, for developers, for people with money and bold visions who refuse to see cities from ground level, as places in which people must live and function and get around. Why should I have to walk through a damp tunnel and negotiate two sets of stairs to get across a busy street? Why should cars be given priority over me? How can we be so rich and so stupid at the same time?”
Billy Bryson, Neither Here Nor There
“The car kills our cities. If you plant roads, you will harvest traffic”
Lord Mayor of Munich, 1972.
“Cities must be regarded as more than engines of wealth. They must be viewed as systems that should be shaped to improve well-being” wrote Charles Montgomery in his book “Happy City“. He also suggested the following checklist:
“Peaceable Kingdom” by Tom Dean is a whimsical public art installation at the King Edward Village condo complex. When I first saw it, it left a slightly unsettling feeling; it was just too strange.
Vancouver has been experiencing one of the coldest and snowiest winters in recent history. And while it is frustrating to walk and drive on surfaces that resemble skating rinks, one of the benefits is being able to skate on Trout Lake. The last time this happened was 20 years ago. Despite having a cold I packed up my skates to try it out. And while ice was choppy and rough, hundreds of people were on the lake
There is now free (advertiser-sponsored) Wi-Fe at 40 TTC subway stations thanks to TCONNECT.
Toronto city councilors Mary-Margaret McMahon and Ana Bailao are pushing to allow laneway housing similar to what is already in place in Vancouver and Ottawa. An online survey, and city-wide consultations are taking place to provide guidance to the city council.
You can now register for the TOcore Parks & Public Realm Study: Making Cities for People. The even takes place on Wednesday, November 23 at 6:30pm at St. Paul’s Bloor Street, 227 Bloor Street East, Cody Hall, Toronto, ON M4W 1C8.
Britannia Community Centre is a sprawling complex in just west of the Commercial Drive in Vancouver and is a part of the Grandview-Woodland Community. The complex encompasses an elementary school, a library, a skating rink, a sports field and a number of other spaces.
Grandview-Woodland Community Plan has recently been approved by the City of Vancouver, and this plan will bring significant changes to the neighbourhood.
Britannia Community Centre is also slated to undergo significant changes after several years of discussion. This Georgia Strait article provides a good summary. The next public meeting of the Planning & Development Committee is scheduled for Tuesday, November 15th at 7pm.
2017 Artist Submission Forms are now open. Deadline is January 31, 2017