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Velo-City 2012 and more!

Whoa - I've been a busy bee lately. FT work, 8 hours of school/week and I have some other fun stuff coming up.

Tomorrow at Velo-City, I'll be presenting on the topic of Youth Engagement in Transportation Planning. My presentation partner and I hope to raise some interesting points and suggest some tactics to egaging an important and diverse demographic. Session starts at 3:00PM:
 Here's the title slide (because I think it's sexy):
If you're at the Conference on Tuesday send me a tweet and we'll meet up (@pre_planner). I work FT so I may not be able to attend much of the rest conference (gotta pay the bills+tuition, yo!)

My next speaking engagement will be for Metro Vancouver and the Vancouver Foundation on July 4th in Richmond: Building Community - Social Connections Matter. You have to register to attend.

As the only 'youth' speaker, it should be an interesting and worthwhile series.

Liquor: Cultural Lubricant?

I'm currently in a class in my program that's discussing the topic of art and culture in the city and I'm working on a bit of a small research paper. Personally, I’ve always been interested in Vancouver’s live music and live performance (improv, theatre, etc.) scene and the lack of space or venues. I feel like pressures in the City are working against such artistic ventures – in particular outdated or unnecessarily burdensome regulations. Recently silly alcohol regulations have come into the spotlight with the Rio Theatre and the EXP bar.
For venues, liquor sales are an important revenue stream. For bands or performers renting a space or throwing a show, liquor sales can be equally important. I want to argue then that over-regulation and liquor licensing restrictions restrict Vancouver's creative scene. Is liquor a cultural lubricant?

The Tyee did an excellent piece titled Vancouver's Creative Space Crunch:
"Because it's so difficult to get things like liqu…

Vancouver's First Public Bike Repair Station...Almost...

Here's an update on the #space98 project.

I've applied for a neighbourhood grant in the range of $1000 and I've been in discussion with Urban Racks - they supply some of Vancouver's bike infrastructure. Word is still out on the grant but Urban Racks has generously agreed to help me and they will also supply bike racks and some of the cost for what could be Vancouver's first public bike repair station! Amazing, right?

I sent this proposal to the City of Vancouver, Translink, and some community partners a few weeks ago (I followed up a week ago, as well) but I've yet to hear a word from the City or Translink. I think this is a HUGE opportunity for Vancouver and great publicity since Velo-City will be here soon. I have high hopes the City will move quickly on this. I'm also looking for a community partner to take charge of the station's upkeep (perhaps in exchange for publicity/advertising a logo, etc.). If you know of a bike shop or organization, tweet …

Manifs Casseroles: Vancouver

Tonight I banged my pot with hundreds of other people and marched through the streets of Vancouver. Our sound - a sound that started in Quebec and that now echoes across the globe - resonated across the city. We wanted to be heard and we were. 

We marched because we wanted stand in solidarity with Quebec students. I marched because I believe our generation needs to speak up NOW.

Just from what media coverage these protest are getting, it seems this is predominately (though, not exclusively) a youth movement. It's about more than tuition now - Quebec crossed that line long ago. What we're learning right now is that when a Quebecers oppose the Quebec government, they're no longer Quebecers; when a Canadians opposed the Canadian government, they're no longer Canadians. We must and should speak truth to power. We are utilizing our democratic rights and expressing our anger, frustration and even hope. 

Why does this matter to me? It matters to me because decisions are being ma…