For more years than I’ll admit, I’ve been a devoted viewer of the British soap Coronation Street. My partner grimaces whenever he hears the opening music. “How can you watch that? All they do is … [Read more...] about Good bars create a sustainable community
Only if we embrace the facts of transit, and discover the opportunities they present, will our cities, and our transit, be human. —Jarrett Walker Whether you are transit geek, a regular bus rider or … [Read more...] about Human Transit: A Review
What's your favorite place to retreat when you need quiet in your city? Or would you rather keep that secret? Cities are by nature crowded (some more than others, of course) and noisy (again... it … [Read more...] about Quiet places in the city
One of the best things that the very good organization known as IAP2 has done is to publish and promote its "Spectrum of Public Participation." This tool really helps organizations, businesses or … [Read more...] about Public participation: it’s a spectrum
Global climate leadership starts with cities. That's the message of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, which has produced a cool infographic illustrating its case here. C40 is a global network of … [Read more...] about Why cities?
Few of us think that the city we live in is perfect. Find any city that looks wonderful at first glance and you will also find a city where citizens are actively debating, complaining, proposing and … [Read more...] about A visit to Vancouver
I made a quick foray into the new (some phases still under construction) "Uptown" complex in Greater Victoria (BC, Canada) recently. Uptown is what I call faux urbanism. It is a large monolithic … [Read more...] about Faux urbanism
One of the things I love about my new neighbourhood of Fairfield, in Victoria (BC, Canada) is the variety of "faces" presented by homes in the community. Each house, condo or apartment has a different … [Read more...] about Building community trust with flowers