Saturday, April 30, 2016
World’s fair left key infrastructure legacies and turned a large tract of industrial land into an urban streetscape praised worldwide. It wasn’t just that the fair introduced the city to the world and came with SkyTrain, BC Place Stadium, the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, a new Cambie Street Bridge and other infrastructure legacies. In the wake of the fair, the site’s sale helped spark the urban revitalization that has established Vancouver atop the world’s most livable cities rankings. Read more: The Expo effect: How Expo 86 changed Vancouver | Economy | Business in Vancouver
Friday, April 29, 2016
When it comes to the debate about housing and development, there’s been plenty of discussion about the physical impacts of decisions we make, for example the height and bulk of buildings. There’s even been to a lesser extent a discussion on the capital costs of development, the costs of building or upgrading roads, pipes and other infrastructure. Some of this is quite evident now with the Transport for Future Growth consultations currently underway.
"Downtown development is the golden goose of urban economics" @TransportBlog #yycplan #yyccc https://t.co/ctLRDXtP5A pic.twitter.com/8quQrBwMYt— Dale Calkins (@DaleCalkins) April 25, 2016
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Urban growth—not to mention truckloads of infrastructure spending coming down the road—spell opportunity for urban planners.
In August 2014, construction crews in Waterloo, Ont., began building the so-called Ion light rail transit line, an $818-million megaproject that will connect a disparate region known for its tech sector, insurance companies and Mennonite farms. When finished, the piece of infrastructure will reshape the city in a way that hasn’t happened since a little local firm called Research in Motion unveiled the BlackBerry.
As its engineers supervised the physical work of laying the line, the region also hired a five-person planning team from Toronto consultancy Urban Strategies to begin the process of reimagining the main street along which the LRT will operate.
The goal, says Habon Ali, a 29-year-old associate with the firm and part of the five-person team, was to create a community-building strategy for Waterloo to capitalize on the transit corridor by leveraging the giant investment to attract new retail, high-density development and other amenities. Ali, who graduated from the University of Toronto’s planning school in 2012, was involved in the public engagement aspect of the project—organizing open houses, finding straightforward ways to communicate complex planning jargon and soliciting input. “It was a cool transit project to be involved with because it was about getting the public involved,” she says. Read more: How booming cities made urban planning Canada’s hottest job
Friday, April 22, 2016
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Photo by Eric Sehr.
We need to start talking about this Vancouver. #vanpoli #VanRE #urbanplanning We need #publicspaces & public voices. https://t.co/zvmc8B0GHr— sine nomine♿️ (@mssinenomine) April 17, 2016
Labels: Project for Public Places
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
It starts with the sign, the one that says FOR LEASE or FOR RENT or simply AVAILABLE, with a phone number printed underneath and maybe the name of a real-estate firm. The sign appears not on an empty space, but on a building that’s home to a long-established business — say, an old-fashioned general store like Winn Home & Beauty, which anchored a block on the busy commercial corridor of Court Street in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill neighborhood.How can we save our beloved mom-and-pop shops from gentrification? @NYDailynews https://t.co/K453vhn7sS food for thought for #Vancouver— Wes Regan (@411Regan) April 7, 2016