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What’s up with Vancouver real estate prices?

Friday, December 9th, 2011

In a kind of  yang-ish counterpoint to my last post about yin-ish Portland (and Victoria), here’s a pointer to a BC Business article, Housing has become Vancouver’s toxic asset, by Tony Wanless, that makes me think Vancouver’s yang is just a tad out of control. Wanless points to a blog post by Vancouver independent city […]

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 […]

Parenting. Such a riot.

Friday, June 17th, 2011

I want to tell you a story of parenting, as I’ve observed it among my Canadian peers. I’ll try to convey how and why this parenting style shocked me. It’s just a story (albeit a true one), but perhaps it illuminates a small part of the dynamics at work in this Wednesday’s Canucks Riot that […]

Power/ Influence

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

A few days ago the Vancouver Sun published BC’s top 100 influential women – it’s entirely possible that I would have missed the Sun‘s report if not for Alexandra Samuel‘s extensive blog post, Vancouver Sun list of 100 influential women in BC shows influence beyond Twitter. This evening I came across Are you an influencer? […]

Do green and make green

Monday, October 11th, 2010

There are times, I think, when having a tumblr (vs a blog) would be cool – then it would be enough just to post, free-standing, the smack-down that Peter Busby (“one of Canada’s leaders in green architecture”) gives Bob Rennie (“the influential Vancouver condo marketer who is the last say for many developers on what […]

Vancouver has it going on

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

I spent the last 36 hours traveling to and from Vancouver, taking the daughter back to UBC. She volunteered to help orient incoming new students, which meant that she got to check in a day early. Nice. Very low-key move-in, no stress. The weather was fantastic – we made a reservation for the noon ferry […]

Gentrification 2.0?

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

The title of my post is semi-serious, semi-ironic. I’m ambivalent about gentrification: if it means unslumming, I figure it’s good; if it means homogenization toward a single class (typically privileged) at the expense of economic diversity, it’s probably not-so-good, right? When I write “Gentrification 2.0,” I’m saying that I’m not sure how this particular example […]

Vancouver Day-trip

Friday, March 12th, 2010

A day trip to Vancouver included visiting the Woodward’s complex on Abbott at W. Hastings to see the exhibit Most impressive was the atrium, Stan Douglas’s photo-mural, and the new condo builing by Gregory Henriquez.

The treachery of tethers…

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

I’m in Vancouver, and it’s supposed to be a break from my island exile, but digital tethers ensure that I’m plugged into all the usual concerns.

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