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…arguably the largest public greenspace in New York City in 100 years

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Don’t be scared by the German title in the link — it’s a video narrated in English, about an elevated train trestle in NYC… A five minute video report (in English) about Edward Norton and the group “Friends of the High Line,” a 2-kilometre long elevated train trestle, abandoned for decades, which the “Friends,” via […]

Must read for urbanists

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Via CEOs for Cities blog: Originally published in the book “Block by Block: Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York,” coinciding with the exhibition “Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York,” at the Municipal Art Society, September 25th 2007 – January 5th 2008.: Local Cities, Global Problems: Jane Jacobs in an Age […]

On the trail of Richard Florida, who said…

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

…that creativity is revolutionizing the global economy. What Canadian cities have trouble with, however, is their tutelage to senior levels of government. Canadian cities are wholly the creatures of the Provinces and aside from property taxes can’t raise their own capital. Read the following article by Lance Carlson, who proposes overcoming that hurdle through enlightened […]


Monday, October 22nd, 2007

I spend too much time on a local forum, where I post many items, and I spend quite a bit of time on Facebook, to which I also post interesting items I come across. Between those two opportunities, plus the minimally paid work (writing) I do, I find that my poor blog is being neglected. […]

More updates soon…

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Too many things on the agenda, and a looming computer-allergy as a result: the combined effect is that I’m once again behind on my “hope to do/ blue sky” list. One of those to-do items includes posting more of my FOCUS Magazine articles (in PDF) to the link here, just above my about page (see […]

Disney comment on Victoria: “you would swear you were in England”

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

It seems the Canadian Pavilion at the Epcot Center (in Orlando, Fla.’s Disney World) has a new version of “O Canada,” the promotional film for this country. According to an article in today’s paper (Ottawa feeling underexposed in Disney’s new Epcot film), Ottawa is ticked off that it rates barely a mention. But how would […]

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