Focal Point: East Fraserlands

I've always been interested in parts of the city that are particular points where change is happening, or where ideas of the current moment are best presented in one spot. Case studies of a kind, you could say.

One such example is the East Fraserlands development, what has been called "the last Vancouver megaproject", since it is one of the few remaining large single undeveloped parcels of land around.

Wide View: West End + English Bay

We got out for one more long, beautiful bike ride last weekend, amazing considering it was late November. (Click on the image to see a larger size)

Free Bus Loop Shouldn't Get Anywhere

Of the many ideas floated during the last Vancouver civic election, one that got my attention was COPE's plan to create a free bus loop between downtown, Main St, and Burrard St.

While I can see why it might sound like a good idea, it struck me at the time as more of a gimmick than anything else. Now that there are a few COPE councilors in power, I'm hoping the idea doesn't gain traction. Here's why:

What About Japan?

OK, this is going to be a short post, but I have to mention something that has bothered me for a long time: What about Japan?

Every time I see transit in other places discussed as models for Vancouver, Japan is never mentioned. Sure, there are major differences. Sheer population, for one. History, for another (the Romance Car, pictured above, is now 50 years old).

Light Rail "Could be the smartest" Thing to do: Falcon

In an interview that shows some promise as far as the thoughts and direction of decision-makers, Transportation minister Kevin Falcon is talking about a detailed review of light rail as a possible option for future train lines to UBC and the Fraser Valley.

"Light rail could be the smartest, wisest thing to do," Falcon told Black Press.

Vision +COPE +Green Take Nearly all of City Hall

Though they don't take their positions for another three weeks, Vancouver is waking up today with a (mostly) new civic government, one in the firm control of Vision Vancouver.

Though turnout was low (apparently about 30%: detailed results at the city's website here), the once-powerful NPA was sternly handed their walking papers by civic voters over the weekend.

Voting at the last minute: the 5-minute rundown

Yes, the election is tomorrow.. and of course you're going to vote! But with the sheer madness of the last week to sift through, who's really worth voting for?

Not everyone's got the time to follow civic politics, so I've gathered a bit of quick information, since I'm sure nobody wants to throw their vote away.

SE False Creek Transparency Needed: Tim Stevenson, Oct 16th

In what has quickly replaced the Transit-fine debacle as the largest issue in the civic election (thankfully), the various sides are making their statements and spinning the apparent $100-million loan to Millenium Developments.

Peter Ladner will appear on CBC Radio this morning to explain why in-camera meetings are sometimes important - why the public needn't know when the city decides to loan out a hundred million dollars.
That should be fun.

Millenium Developments to Receive $100-million Loan

A bit of a bombshell dropped this morning: the City of Vancouver is apparently about to loan $100 million to Millenium Developments, the company developing the SE False Creek 'Olympic Village' site.

This comes after everyone at the city was saying the project was fiscally stable, and that the city was not going to be left on the hook for anything.

Roberston pays fine; Back to the Issues at Hand

Now that Gregor Robertson has paid his transit fine for (gasp) only buying a one-zone ticket when traveling across two zones, let's hope the focus in the Vancouver civic election moves back to the actual issues at hand.

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