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Bridging obsessions

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Given my recent obsession with a local bridge – Victoria’s Johnson Street Bridge, a bascule bridge designed by Joseph Strauss (see my article, Blue Bridge blues) – it makes sense that I’d be enthralled by manager‘s article on Hamburg’s storied bridges. Granted, Victoria has nothing on Hamburg in the bridge department: the latter is, […]

Guerrilla Sharrows in the mist

Friday, July 10th, 2009

A few days ago, Victoria, BC activists related to O.U.R.S. (Other Urban Repair Squad, eg.) painted sharrows (Shared Lane Markings) on several streets in the city. The local paper ran an article (City crews obliterate guerrilla road marks) and Victoria Indymedia published OURS’s press release, Cycling Activists Take to Streets Over Slow Expansion of Bike […]

Keeping the Johnson Street Bridge

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Reading and watching the Vibrant Victoria forum thread on Victoria’s famous Johnson Street Bridge – also known as The Blue Bridge – is keeping me up at night. It wrenches my heart (and my head) to know that our city leaders, “incentivized” by engineers and the possibility of getting some Federal infrastructure grants, are benighted […]

Closed routine or open innovation?

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

While there’s much to be said for routine and regular habits, there are other times that require smashing the status quo. I went to City Hall this morning, expecting to participate in a workshop/ presentation by city staff on the implications of BC’s Bill 27 on revenue earned by the city through DCCs (Development Cost […]

Links to read 10/02/2008 (p.m.)

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

How to Create a Vibrant Waterfront | Project for Public Spaces (PPS) Portal page for two additional links, “10 Qualities of a Great Waterfront” and “The 9 most important steps in revitalizing a waterfront.” The main worry for the authors here (“A common challenge is how to revitalize places where the river, lake or sea […]

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