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How to Save Downtown (Victoria BC)

Monday, May 30th, 2011

How to Save Downtown Victoria BC Canada: article submitted to FOCUS Magazine (June 2011), original and complete version. FOCUS online version is compromised, and the print version is rubbish. Read this for the real thing.

On re-reading Biophilic Design: Taking Love to the Street

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Since I’m fuming in a conversation over on Facebook about the City of Victoria’s Department of Engineering (which seems to me benighted), I was reminded of my 2007 article, Biophilic Design: Taking Love to the Street (the link goes to the Scribd version). Not to sound too much like I’m tooting my own horn, but […]

Civics assignment, part 2

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Very important for City of Victoria British Columbia residents/ taxpayers: Click through to FOCUS Magazine‘s poll, How should Victoria City Council solve the Johnson Street Bridge problem? As FOCUS notes, this is for “City of Victoria residents only, please” – so if you live in Saanich or Oak Bay or Esquimalt (or beyond), skip this […]

Civics assignment

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Ok, if you live in Victoria BC, or if you live in any city anywhere and have chafed at scandals related to your political leaders and how your bureaucratic staffers are handling civic and fiscal issues, here’s your assignment: hie yourself over to FOCUS Magazine and read Sam Williams’s latest article, Victoria City Hall: well […]

Victoria’s Johnson Street Bridge scandal just keeps going

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Mike Lai (City of Victoria) and Mark Mulvihill (Delcan Corp.) tried to skew the facts against the historic Johnson Street Bridge, as Sam Williams shows in the latest issue of FOCUS Magazine.

Last FOCUS mag uploads now on Scribd

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

I just uploaded my May and June FOCUS Magazine articles to – and wow, I guess I was so pissed off about the idiot letter in the May issue (which was in response to my April article, It’s the people, stupid) that I didn’t even notice until now how badly the magazine had botched […]

I’m looking for a job.

Friday, May 1st, 2009

I’m nearly ready to throw in the towel, asking myself why I bother writing locally, given that letters such as this one get mailed to the editor …and are published, without any opportunity for me to rebut them. The letter is in response to my April 2009 article, It’s the people, stupid. I bolded a […]

March article: Victoria’s Urban Forest

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

It has been up on Scribd for a while, but I haven’t yet given this article a more detailed blog post: Victoria’s Urban Forest, published in FOCUS Magazine last month (March 2009). My description: Urban forests are more than just trees in cities: they are the complete ecosystem, including the trees and understory shrubbery and […]

February article: Housing 2.0

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

It took a while for me to catch up with my own goal to blog about the articles I’ve posted to Scribd, but here (finally) is a quick pointer to Housing 2.0, the piece I published in the February 2009 issue of FOCUS Magazine. It’s a funny title in some ways, but this brief introductory […]

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