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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 […]

Barney Oldfield’s Spirit of Tomorrow

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

I saw the Spirit of Tomorrow sitting in a driveway today. It was designed and built by Horace Basil (“Barney”) Oldfield between 1938 and 1942. (The Spirit of Tomorrow website notes that Johnny Norton and Barney’s brother Brian were co-builders.) I saw the car today at the home of Barney Oldfield’s relatives – and also […]

What makes me nervous

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Two kids fashion a raft from beach detritus and paddle out into the Juan de Fuca Strait. Derring-do, foolishness, or adventure?

Oh, the island…

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Living on an island has definite drawbacks when it comes to travel – especially if the weather freaks out, as it did today.

28 seconds of reasons why I live here

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Why I live here: 28-second video taken today, March 17 2010, from the cliff edge at the dogs off-leash area at Dallas Road, Victoria BC of a kite-surfer in the Juan de Fuca Strait.

Inbetween places

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Strip malls are the inbetween places produced through car-centric (mis-)planning, and will be the hardest places to bring to adaptive re-use. So ugly they can’t be directly looked at, we avoid seeing them lest we turn to stone.

Bamberton, Public Participation, Design Thinking

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

“Competing Values: Land Use and Public Consultation” (2/20 forum in conjunction with “Bamberton: Contested Landscape,” an exhibition at Open Space in Victoria BC) illustrates the need for design thinking to help bridge gaps between validity (outcomes favored by the community) and reliability (assurances required by developers and quantitatively-oriented planners and engineers).

Power outage: No island is an appendix, entire of itself…

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Yesterday afternoon’s power outage on southern Vancouver Island reminded me of an entry of mine from June 2005: Wanted: small solutions. Some of the links to a blog that Sea Breeze Power Corporation had at the time have rotted away, but I still have a relevant quote up (and therefore preserved!): On another business front, […]

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