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Video: To Build a Better City...in 1964.

A great documentary that details the process of urban renewal that Vancouver under went in the 1960s. Pay close attention to the language of the narrator.

Grad School Update: Acceptance!

It's been over a year, in the making but it finally happened (despite a few setbacks): I've been accepted into a graduate program.
Yesterday afternoon, I received my acceptance letter to Simon Fraser University's Urban Studies program.



Honestly, I couldn't be happier. I was about ready to accept another rejection and try again next year. I would like to sincerely thank everyone who's supported me (especially those that read this blog). If there's any advice that I can impart on my experience is that: never give up, never settle, and focused persistence does pay off - look at the first post for this blog done in May, 2010. I know we've heard these things a lot in the recent days with the speech Steve Jobs gave a Stanford but a lot of the things he says are true: find what you love and go do that.

Here's to the future!

South Granville: More than Just Cars, Please.

A few weeks ago, I saw this advertisement at my local grocery store:
Immediately, I rolled my eyes and I took a photo because I couldn't believe that, in 2011, we'd need to advertise the fact that there is parking available - if it's everywhere (more than 1400 spaces!) why the need to advertise the fact?. I posted it to my blog and asked what people thought and got the attention of my local business improvement association who created the ads. They said:
it is unfortunate that you construe a simple customer service item as a major statement on transportation choices.

Sharon Townsend
South Granville BIA
While it may be a 'simple' customer service item, it was pretty easy to 'construe' as a statement on transportation choices. I checked out their website and the devote a large portion of their 'Find Us' page for parking (they even have a .PDF map) and link to Translink's trip planner and nothing on biking.

I would assume that South Granville's …

Tour of Skytrain Control

Last week I got to fulfill a childhood/teenage/adult dream: I got to see Skytrain control. One of my colleagues from the BC Youth Summit for Sustainable Transportation was able to organize a tour of their maintenance/operations facility.

We met outside Edmonds station and walked over to the very secure yards and we had to clear security and I was even scolded for taking a photo on my phone (though, luckily, we were allowed to take photos once we were inside).

Our first stop once inside was a boardroom for a presentation about the system. For instance, the Expo and Millennium lines carry the same amount of people as 12 lanes of freeway in the AM peak period in the downtown direction. It has grown from 114 cars in 1987 to 258 today. But enough about the boring stuff.
They then took us to Skytrain control. Outside the main room are these display panels of the system. Top panels are the Millennium line and the bottom are the Expo line. The panel to the bottom right is the maintenance ya…

Documentary: Urbanized Screening in Vancouver

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There's a special screening of Urbanized coming to Vancouver on November 21 at the Rio. Here's the link.

South Granville: Bring Your Cars!

This is how my neighbourbood, South Granville, advertises itself - discuss! (My thoughts will come later).

Toronto

I grew up learning that Toronto was 'the centre of the universe' and that I should hate it. Then, in 2004 after I graduated from high school, I hopped on a Greyhound to explore a bit more of my country for myself with Toronto as the first stop. It took 3 days to get there but after I showered off 72+ hours of bus ride, I fell in love with the city.

Vancouver is a big city but it is a bit deceiving. Our downtown is fairly small and we're only around 600,000 people which puts us as the 8th biggest municipality in Canada - behind Mississauga and Winnipeg.

Toronto, on the other hand, feels like a big city because it is. It sprawls practically unhindered in all directions, except with water to one side. It felt like being in a city from the movies - somehow more real than the one I was used to at home: bright lights and the world's tallest free-standing structure. It's safe to say I was hooked. This past summer, I went back for my third time.
This time around, I got t…