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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 […]

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 […]

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.

What I said about Victoria BC municipal elections in 2008

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Another article I wrote in the run-up to Victoria BC’s 2008 municipal election is worth re-reading as we head into the 2011 election season. The team we elected in 2008 really bombed. Will 2011 signal a change for the better?

What I said about social media and political engagement in 2008

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Three years ago I published an analysis of how politicians could and should be using social media to engage voters. Read it today and ponder whether my ideas were implemented, say, in Victoria BC, to create real engagement. I say they haven’t.

Do you have a pet?

Friday, March 25th, 2011

I spent today at the USANA Cross Regional Conference in Vancouver. Lots of engaging, interesting speakers who spoke about the wellness industry and a changing economic landscape that makes individual entrepreneurship and business ownership increasingly important. The event continues tomorrow – more on that in a bit. First, though, I want to tell friends in […]

Dying Downtown Victoria BC Part 3

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Welcome to the third in a series of now three posts about Victoria BC’s dying downtown. Read the first one here (3/21/11) and the second here (3/22/11). As you can see in the second post, one of my commenters on Facebook remarked that for her, that stretch of Fort Street isn’t really downtown. I answered […]

Dying Downtown Victoria BC followup conversations

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Yesterday’s post (Dying Downtown Victoria BC) generated a fair bit of comment on Facebook. I decided to take screenshots of the comments and post them here. (However, since I haven’t had time to ask the people who commented whether they were ok with having their comments taken from Facebook’s walled garden into the open access […]

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 […]

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