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Why a bridge to The Mainland would benefit Vancouver

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Sure, one might assume that a bridge from Victoria BC on Vancouver Island to Vancouver BC on The Mainland would wake up Victoria – which is exactly why NIMBYs everywhere in the Capital Regional District who want to keep Victoria “sleepy” resist the notion with objections galore – but maybe it’s actually the case that […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Better Blocks: One of Many Urban Acupuncture Needles Sounds like it’s all kind of symbolic – or rather, the “acupuncture” aspect is really extraneous. QUOTE Drawing from the ancient Chinese healing art, this strategy views cities as living, breathing organisms and pinpoints areas in need of repair. Sustainable projects, then, serve as needles that revitalize […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

James Mollison’s Photos of Children’s Bedrooms Are a Commentary on Class and Poverty – Amazing photographs… QUOTE As much as the project is about the quirkiness of childhood, it is, more strikingly, a commentary on class and on poverty. But the diversity also provides a sense of togetherness. Everybody sleeps. And eventually, everybody grows […]

The Nivea ad: Is it racist? Yes, it is. And more.

Friday, August 19th, 2011

An Nivea skin-care-for-men ad campaign has caused a rash. Why? It’s disturbing and it’s a multifaceted racial put-down.

Tea Party? Sweet Potatoes are better

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Some heartening signs. First: Read the article, Tea Party people less popular than many other hated minority groups (subtitled: They may want “their country” back, but their country doesn’t really want them): This tiny band of fanatics is largely distrusted and despised by regular Americans, but a terrified media coddles them and pretends they’re […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

The Creator Of TED Aims To Reinvent Conferences Once Again | Co. Design Symposium-style v conference-presentation-style? QUOTE Not that anyone believes the slick-presentation conference approach will go away, nor should: Wurman thinks TED and other shows will continue to be crowd-pleasers. But he sees it as a 20th century model. “What I’m trying to think […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Wake up GOP: Smashing system doesn’t fix it – Great opinion piece by David Frum (a Republican). QUOTE Only about one-third of Republicans agree that cutting government spending should be the country’s top priority. Only about one-quarter of Republicans insist the budget be balanced without any tax increases. Yet that one-third and that one-quarter […]

Colder and cloudier summers in the Pacific Northwest?

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

I came here for the weather. Seriously. East Coast winters (cold) and East Coast summers (Triple-H: hot hazy humid) drove me bonkers. But global warming is making me feel a bit like Rick in Casablanca: misinformed. Misinformed – you know, that great line where Louis asks Rick why he came to Casablanca, to which Rick […]

Should downtown parking be (partly) free?

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

I’ve been harboring a heretical thought in the wake of spending some time in the Bay Area this June: maybe cities of a certain size do better if they make at least some free parking available for downtown shoppers. Stopping in Palo Alto often during my Bay Area visit, I finally figured out that Palo […]

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