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Another thought on “localism,” via CEOS for Cities post “Gas Prices Force Rethink of the Model”

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Richard Florida has repeatedly asked “us” (society, policy makers, planners, ordinary citizens) to think of a way to make service industry jobs valuable on the same level as trade union jobs were valuable in the earlier twentieth century. Florida doesn’t put it quite like this, but I’m extrapolating that it means that in days gone […]

Diigo Bookmarks 05/31/2008 (a.m.)

Friday, May 30th, 2008

» Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this (food) wall! • Spacing Toronto • understanding the urban landscape – Annotated For a view of how Toronto would propose to “nanny” the street vendors, see Shawn Micallef’s article here. It’s amazing to note that the city would rather create an additional arm of bureaucracy “in charge” of the […]

Could “localism” help dilute “narcissism”?

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Update, see end of post. Ok, ok, I know it’s not a question I (or anyone) could possibly answer in a short blog post, but consider the discussions around the Emily Gould phenomenon (here, here, here, or a million other sites online). Fast Company‘s Laura Palotie column, How Emily Gould Turns Us On, closes as […]

An Appetite for Change

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

If you live in Victoria and are concerned about finding solutions to our city’s homelessness crisis, please consider coming to what looks to be a fabulous event at the Canoe Brew Pub on Sunday June 8, from 6 to 8:30 pm. It’s a fundraiser for the Youth Hospitality Training Centre, an innovative program that needs […]

Diigo Bookmarks 05/27/2008 (a.m.)

Monday, May 26th, 2008

Prefab-ulous: New Development in England Goes Up Green — and Fast Brief article by Andrew Blum about Oxley Woods, a development of “90 eco-friendly homes, with 55 more planned to fill its seven acres.” The key aspect? They’re all pre-fab, relatively cheap to build, can be built quickly, and have in-built green features. If Canada […]

Controversy around Victoria’s CP lawn bowling green continues

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

I spent part of last night and again early this morning commenting at length on two blog posts by Victoria Downtown Residents Association chair Rob Randall’s blog, which was very useful for me since it forced me to think some specific issues as well as some larger things through.  Sort of.  Anyway, for those interested […]

Diigo Bookmarks 05/24/2008 (a.m.)

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Transmaterial 2: To Redefine Our Physical Environment – PingMag – The Tokyo-based magazine about “Design and Making Things” – Annotated PingMag interview with Blaine Brownell, architect and sustainable materials researcher, whose focus is on green building. “From repurposed materials that act as surrogates, to recombinant ones that fuse several materials into a hybrid, making them […]

Vancouver Sun article: “Shelters turned away homeless 40,000 times in nine months”

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Ok, tell me you don’t find this story by Vancouver Sun’s Frances Bula rather alarming: Shelters turned away homeless 40,000 times in nine months? I wonder if there’ll be follow-ups, and whether the count that people were turned away 40,000 times over a nine month period is accurate. If it is, then that’s proof that […]

Diigo Bookmarks 05/22/2008 (p.m.)

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

» Book Review: Urban Nation, by Alan Broadbent • Spacing Toronto • understanding the urban landscape Book review of Alan Broadbent’s Urban Nation, by Spacing’s Dylan Reid. From May 2/08 (missed this when it came out). tags: alan_broadbent,, cities, canada, municipal_funding, infrastructure_funding Paul Krugman Joins Team Density | hugeasscity danb comments on Paul Krugman’s […]

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