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Dying Downtown Victoria BC

Monday, March 21st, 2011

If downtown Victoria BC storefronts were teeth, this city would need a new bridge. …Oh, wait. That’s a bad joke (see posts tagged with Johnson Street Bridge)… We are getting a new bridge. But as the following photos will show, what we really need is economic revitalization. This afternoon, I was walking down Fort Street […]

Oh, the irony

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Today our city “leaders” voted to go ahead with a new Johnson Street Bridge project that excludes rail. See this article for skeletal information: Victoria council decides not to include rail as part of the new Johnson Street bridge. See also Ross Crockford’s piece in yesterday’s paper, No need for panic on bridge decision, which […]

Once more, the streets

Friday, December 10th, 2010

While I promised myself, for sanity’s sake, to forgo paying attention to city politics, the City of Victoria‘s endorsement last night of a transportation proposal has me back at square one. Meaning what? Meaning I’m scratching my head, wondering what’s in the water around here. The endorsed plan – proposed by BC Transit – would […]

Xtranormal version of Victoria BC’s Johnson Street Bridge Debate

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Brilliant. Maybe the self-styled “chairman of the board” will take a boo. And learn something. Click on image below or here.

Victoria BC’s Johnson Street Bridge sings

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Really, she does. I love this video – political activism at its most poetic and poignant.

Everything’s a conversation, except when it’s not

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Social media has penetrated even the most conservative institutions (such as real estate, property development, and municipal politics), and from where I’m sitting right now, it looks as if it’s driving a coffin nail of sorts into what was The Cluetrain‘s seminal insight, markets are conversations. That insight, incidentally, was from 1999. And now those […]

Wilkinson Eyre’s concept proposal for the New Johnson Street Bridge

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Tonight I took myself to the Victoria Conference Centre to listen to Sebastien Ricard (of Wilkinson Eyre Architects) and Joost Meyboom (latterly VP of Engineering at Delcan, now at MMM) talk about the proposed New Johnson Street Bridge. Given the scope – more on that in a moment – of the project and what it […]

Philippe Lucas on Victoria’s Public Market: oh the irony

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Last night I attended PechaKucha Night Victoria (Volume 3), where City of Victoria Councillor Philippe Lucas was supposed to give a presentation about efforts underway to get a permanent covered farmers’ market set up in the city. Lucas’s perky presentation featured a number of holiday snaps taken in exotic locales where people still eat local […]

Done deal all done

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Spent the morning at City Hall, where mayor and council – all but one, namely Councillor Geoff Young – voted in favor of replacing the Johnson Street Bridge. Thank-you, Geoff Young, for throwing some well-placed questions out there, not that it made any difference to your colleagues. Anyway, a few notes: Less than 30 minutes […]

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