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What if Sandy happened to Vancouver?

Here's what we'd be looking at if we had 13' (4m) storm surge in Vancouver....

Sandy and New York's Transit System

Last night, like many of you, I watched Sandy pummel the east coast. As it descended upon New York City, twitter began to flow with pictures and stories, all of which seem to come straight out of a bad Hollywood disaster film.


Explosions, fires, wind, and flooding ravaged New York City. I cannot imagine the efforts that will be needed to clean up and get back to normal. In particular, the city's transit system seems hard hit. Salt water and subways DO NOT mix. In a city that relied heavily on its transit system, this is huge. The Atlantic points out that they've even predicted an event of this type would happen in a report that was released last year.

The researchers estimate that, after a storm of this magnitude, it could take the subway system about 21 days to get working at 90 percent functionality. If all potential damage is considered, Jacob and colleagues warn that timeline could increase to several months, and that "permanent restoration of the system to the full r…

An Idea: The Urbanarium

A few weeks ago, the Museum of Vancouver hosted a great event part of a series called Built City. It featured Ray Spaxman and Brent Toderian, talking retrospectively about their times as Vancouver's city planners. It was really interesting to listen to what each of them had to say regarding their career.

I had never heard much about Spaxman (my bad) but he instantly captivated me. He spoke of planning with principles, the difference between managing and leading and, overall, is incredibly humble. He spoke of something he called an 'Urbanarium' (judging buy audience reaction, he's spoken about it many times before). He described as a place with a model of the city where one can learn about cities with a bird's eye perspective:
An urbanarium is an idea that Ray Spaxman and a group of private planners and architects conceived in the early 1980's that was unfortunately never followed through. The idea was to build a scale model of downtown Vancouver, including Fals…