When You Must Build Parking: 'Mountain Dwellings', Copenhagen

Apparently, when this architectural firm was passed this project, a difficult parking requirement had to be dealt with. The project was to have 80 residential spaces, and 480 parking spaces - as it was a public parking garage.

Vancouver Council to vote on Laneway Housing

Vancouver city council will likely approve laneway housing today, which, as Frances Bula notes on her blog "will give 65,000 homeowners in the city’s RS1 and RS5 (single-family) zones the right to build a 750-square-foot house at the back of their lots".

Not all lots can build to the maximum size, however -- the ruling will require that there remain 16 feet of space between the main house and the laneway house. The lot also has to be 33 feet wide at this point.

Letter: Translink Could Learn From Lyon

Just a quick post here. I stumbled upon this letter to the editor, and thought it was interesting for two reasons.. which led me to find some pics of Lyon transit like the one above, which is stunning.

BC Hydro Looking to Keep Passenger Rail Service Option Open

While a bit of old news by now, I've had this story open in my browser for a few weeks, waiting to add it to this site, as it's a huge history lesson and a major possibility for the future of transit in the GVRD.

Translink Mayor's Council Hunting for Money

Remember the $14-billion public transit plan announcement of January, 2008? The mayors of Metro Vancouver will begin scrambling to find a way for Translink to fund itself through that period to 2020 and beyond - starting this Wednesday. The mayor's council (which used to make up the Translink board until they were relegated to an 'advisory' council by Kevin Falcon), has until October 31 to approve a plan for the next decade.

Evergreen Line Threatened Again

The plot thickens in the Evergreen Line debacle yet again. Ken Hardie, Translink spokesman, said on Wednesday: "we don't have the money to build the Evergreen Line". The threat to cancel or postpone the project is ridiculous, and the timing is questionable.

Sun sets; the City Rolls On

I listened in on various radio stations for much of the day today, and it seems we've dodged armaggedon after all.

By the sounds of it, there wasn't much to report: a whack of happy cyclists and pedestrians, some disgruntled drivers on Pacific. No riot gear, bloody clashes, impending doom or godly wrath being doled out to commuters anywhere.

Column: Chaos! Mayhem! The End of The World As We Know It! Would That Be Such A Bad Thing?

There's an excellent column by Pete McMartin published on The Vancouver Sun's website, that puts exactly my thoughts to screen.. no need to write my opinion anymore! Give it a read, it's the best I've seen on the subject yet.

A Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge over False Creek

Gregor Robertson mentioned last Thursday evening that he's considering the idea of building a pedestrian and cyclist bridge connecting Sunset beach and Vanier Park.

The idea has been floated in the public realm just weeks before the Burrard Bridge bike lane trial begins, and it's getting people talking all over again - and taking similar sides as they did in the whole Burrard bridge cycling discussion.

Gregor obviously likes the idea:

The Summer of Cycling in Vancouver

It's looking like this cycling season in Vancouver might herald some major changes in the city's cycling culture. It will be the best summer yet for getting around by bike!

With a successful bike to work week wrapping up, and the Burrard bridge bike lane trial finally set to launch in a serious manner, hopefully we will see record numbers of people leaving the cars at home as they get around the city.

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