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Space98: A $1000 Makeover?

What could we do with #space98, or other city space, with $1000? A lot, probably.

The City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Foundation have paired up to offer a Greenest City Fund ($2million over 4 years!).

Deadline to apply is May 25. So, I'd like to have a brain-storm this weekend to come up with the next project for this space. I'm proposing Sunday April 29th, 3:00PM, at Blenz (corner of Granville and Broadway). If you can make it, consider filling out this quick form so I know who to expect.

Bring your ideas and consider looking at the few past posts about Space98 to see what the community has been saying: community garden, covered bike parking, market stall, etc.!

Fund details here:
EligibilityPerson applying must be a Vancouver resident.Project must benefit and be undertaken in a Vancouver neighbourhood. Granting areasProjects must address the Greenest City Action Plan goals 
through one or more of the following priority areas:
Making businesses greener or creating gr…

Space98: On the Radio!

Here's my bit on CBCRadio's Early Edition this morning - starts at 34minute point. I haven't listened to it yet. EEK.
Dang CBC Audio player starts automatically so I've hidden it after the jump:

Space98 is dead. Long live Space98!

Space98 is dead. Long live Space98!

Wednesday was a whirlwind! While I was initially upset that someone (no confirmation if CMBC did it or not) removed the community chalkboards we installed, the result couldn't have been more fantastic. Twitter followers sprung into action: the South Granville Business Improvement Association (whom I haven't always gotten along with), Translink's Ken Hardie, and local and far-away urbanists all entered into the fray. Blog posts sprung up across the web: OpenFile Vancouver probably has the best re-cap for you.

So what did we learn?

Someone has to take the first leap. The leap doesn't need to be very big but action is important. Remember: sometimes it's easier to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission! Risk is necessary. Sometimes a roadblock can be a huge win: consider that none of this would have happened unless some grump (CMBC employee or not) took down our public space intervention and left a note. However, this was definit…

Space98 is DEAD, thank you Translink!

So, this is what we have this morning:

Too bad that Coast Mountain Bus Company (Translink) doesn't care to upkeep the shelter or remove it since it's no longer in use. Forgive me for trying something. But, you know what? This won't stop me and it shouldn't stop any of us.
Thank you to everyone who had a chance to contribute! Leave your thoughts here or on twitter may even want to reach out to @translink.

Space98: Day 2

Hey all, I'm still pretty buzzed about Space98 and how well it went. Last night around 7PM, I took some updated photos and we have some great ideas from the community: 
These ones are fresh from today as I walked home from work:

I'm positively elated. Thank you all.

UPDATE: Space98

So we started it: a few intrepid urbanists and myself took on the task of bringing a little bit of life to an unused bus shelter. As people passed, many of them didn't notice us hard at work but some stopped and asked what we were up to and gave us some words of encouragement. People who did stop, saw the potential for the space just as we did - many wanted to see some busker/music space added. What do you think? (#space98 on twitter if you want to add your thoughts there).

Here's some photos of the proceedings:

No Country for My Generation

Recently, I've been noticing a lot of articles about generational disparities: it's a mix of frustration, anger, and resentment from us millenials (this article in the Globe: Boomers, we'll pay for your retirements, but we won't be happy about it). The recent Federal budget just adds insult to injury (and I'm not really concerned about the new retirement age). Here's a few excerpts from the Globe article:
My generation is the best-educated one the Canadian work force has ever seen. Most of us not only paid large to go to school, we had to go back to school to get more degrees to compete for entry-level positions. Are we impatient? Sure, but only because doing back-to-back unpaid internships and contract work sans benefits wears on you after a while. We grew up on streets populated by young families who gave us the impression that owning a house wouldn’t put us in crippling debt...Listen, we’re not dumb. We know we need austerity measures to counter the enormous …