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  • Price Points: Urban Propinquity - Spacing Vancouver
    away as the crow flies a child in the stream at Emery Barnes Park in the heart of Downtown South map here Then five blocks away Robson Street closed for Jazz Festival map here And precisely 100 feet from the stage pro pin qui ty 1 nearness in place proximity 2 nearness of relation kinship 3 affinity of nature similarity 4 nearness in time Gordon Price is the Director of The City Program at Simon Fraser University He sat for six terms as City Councillor in Vancouver BC and also served on the Boards of the Greater Vancouver Regional District Metro and TransLink He publishes an electronic magazine and blog on urban issues with a focus on Vancouver called Price Tags www pricetags ca as well as www pricetags wordpress com He has written several extensive essays on Vancouver and transportation issues The Deceptive City Local Politician s Guide to Urban Transportation and in 2003 he received the Plan Canada Award for Article of the Year Land Use and Transportation The View from 56 from the Canadian Institute of Planners Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Contributing to the Post referendum discussion on Price

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2012/06/25/price-points-urban-propinquity/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Price Points: The Missing Middle, Found - Spacing Vancouver
    values and transportation efficiency As West Hollywood has shown along Santa Monica Boulevard it can be done The good news is that Los Angeles won t have to do much to encourage transit orented development along these routes It already exists as the density maps reveal right There is a swath of residential densities sufficient to support a frequent transit network from Koreatown and mid Wilshire through to West Hollywood and UCLA along with other pockets elsewhere around the region with hardly a highrise to be seen L A in particular favours the small apartment building the equivalent of the 10 suiter as described by Michael Kluckner that they call the dingbat It is not a masterpiece of architecture And in order to accommodate cars without underground parking it sacrifices the relationship to the street But it does fit in well along residential streets without changing the scale and it has provided an immense stock of affordable rental apartments in an expensive city The best streets are those where the original California bungalows and stucco ranchers have survived intermingled with gracious flats from the 20s in a hodgepodge of styles all of which seem to tolerate each other s eccentricities Rather like Los Angelenos themselves Combine a frequent transit network with some cross regional rail densify in station areas and add some much needed public spaces and parks build on the already existing fabric with a multitude of low scale residential typologies with less dependence on surface parking those missing middle forms that Vancouver needs to evolve and it s easy to imagine a Los Angeles that in a decade or so will on one hand look and feel familiar and on the other function in a dramatically different way Gordon Price is the Director of The City Program at

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2012/06/18/price-points-the-missing-middle-found/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Price Points: L.A. Transformation - Spacing Vancouver
    decide to reinvent itself by drawing on this tradition of collective funding After spending immense resources on Motordom providing a model to the rest of the world on how to build a region around the automobile L A found itself stuck in traffic with no prospect of relief but still holding on to its essential vision of regional mobility in a sprawling metropolis So now transit is the new connective tissue mobility is the new water As Denny Zane the executive director of Move L A the coalition for Measure R put it A majority of the voters voted for something the majority may not use Or think they won t The car is in our history not our DNA Measure R aims to provide a network of convenience sufficient to offset car dependence not to supplant the car but to make it viable Although the first light rail expansion the Expo Line map here of station at USC shown below has just opened it was technically not part of Measure R having been supported by a previous initiative But voters are nonetheless seeing some results for their taxes and the prospect once the line connects with Santa Monica is of a gamechanger for the region the possibility of living in L A without having to be car dependent The projects assembled under Measure R and its timeframe are still not good enough for a lot of Los Angelenos including the Mayor They want to add on to the Measure R commitments and push the whole agenda forward building out a 30 year plan in a decade Different economic times different politics than those in which Measure R was first passed But if they only continue in building out what is already funded Los Angeles will be a different kind of place or at least one that will contradict its stereotype it will be a Post Motordom City Gordon Price is the Director of The City Program at Simon Fraser University He sat for six terms as City Councillor in Vancouver BC and also served on the Boards of the Greater Vancouver Regional District Metro and TransLink He publishes an electronic magazine and blog on urban issues with a focus on Vancouver called Price Tags www pricetags ca as well as www pricetags wordpress com He has written several extensive essays on Vancouver and transportation issues The Deceptive City Local Politician s Guide to Urban Transportation and in 2003 he received the Plan Canada Award for Article of the Year Land Use and Transportation The View from 56 from the Canadian Institute of Planners Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Metro Vancouverites Reject Improvements to Transit Transportation Plebiscite no better engagement strategies Ballots and Buses Dialogue on Transit in Vancouver May 21st EVENT Moving Forward presents Trivia Night at the Tangent Café April 13th Tweet More posts by Gordon Price One comment Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2012/06/11/price-points-l-a-transformation/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Price Points: The L.A. Boulevard - Ready for its Close-up - Spacing Vancouver
    Boulevard looking north at Jefferson from the platform of a newly opened Expo line light rail station map here The pedestrian you notice is obediently sticking to the crosswalk as the traffic piles up And this like Wilshire above illustrates the main problem and challenge for L A It was not so much the freeways that ruined this metropolis it was the transformation of the boulevards into stroads what Charles Marohn defined as the hybrid that combines the fast moving traffic of a road with the intersections and complexity of a street Thanks to the Major Traffic Street Plan of 1924 and a half century of street widening adding lanes narrowing sidewalks speeding up the traffic Los Angeles failed to enhance the commercial villages that could have so well served the mosaic of neighbourhoods that define the city today The separately incorporated cities Santa Monica West Hollywood Beverly Hills actually have made the effort Instead of just the freeways carrying the bulk of cross regional traffic Los Angeles engineers tried to turn their boulevards into highways too creating endless miles of commercial strips ugly cheap lost opportunities especially given the values of the real estate that surrounds them And that s what s beginning to change and why a good part of Los Angeles the sections originally served by the red and yellow cars of the streetcar system is on the verge of transformation Christopher Hawthorne the L A Times architecure critic has even started a series on the boulevards beginning with one you ve probably never heard of Atlantic Indeed because of changes well underway L A may seem like a very different city in a decade or so one in which when you visit you may not need or want to rent a car We ll explain why

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2012/06/04/price-points-the-l-a-boulevard-ready-for-its-close-up/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Price Points: City as Workout - Spacing Vancouver
    most urban areas how few options there are for people to integrate workouts into other aspects of their lives Los Angeles is not yet a city where active transportation is realistic and so people have to go to places like Runyon Canyon to engage in vigorous motion on their own two feet Urban designers planners and engineers need to think consciously about how to design workout spaces into the city streets for cycling sidewalks for running stairs for climbing when money is being spent on transportation infrastructure Here s an example from Calgary the Sunnyside Bank stairs map here Of course there s our seawall which can be used for both transportation and recreation Indeed the point is to completely blur the line between the two In our culture leisure is not something passively experienced biking to work is not just for environmental brownie points taking the stairs is not just to save time We want to get our heart rate up damn it As obesity and basic fitness demand more serious attention as walkability becomes an economic indicator as living spaces get smaller these places also become more necessary And our workouts get integrated into the very fabric of the city Gordon Price is the Director of The City Program at Simon Fraser University He sat for six terms as City Councillor in Vancouver BC and also served on the Boards of the Greater Vancouver Regional District Metro and TransLink He publishes an electronic magazine and blog on urban issues with a focus on Vancouver called Price Tags www pricetags ca as well as www pricetags wordpress com He has written several extensive essays on Vancouver and transportation issues The Deceptive City Local Politician s Guide to Urban Transportation and in 2003 he received the Plan Canada Award for

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2012/05/28/price-points-city-as-workout/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Price Points: Music, Transit and Revival - Spacing Vancouver
    heads east out of Union Station Points if you identified the Boyle Heights neighbourhood Map here The station has only been open for just over a year but the plaza has long been a centre for Hispanic music in Los Angeles home to the annual Mariachi Festival There s even a gazebo right click to enlarge donated by the Mexican State of Jalisco the birthplace of Mariachi music But this plaza also fills an economic need Require some Mariachi music for a party or festival This is where you come where the musicians are waiting curb side for an offer rather like day labourers elsewhere in the city And that s only a part of what is happening in this beautifully sized urban space Elsewhere under umbrellas seated in movable chairs around small tables are clusters of men convivially sharing the space around a statue of Lucha Reyes a famous Mexican mariachi singer They make the plaza welcoming merely by their presence as they monitor the flow of activity to the Metro line to the shop behind them selling ice cream and smoothies to the private lending library where you can borrow or buy a book or past the murals which cover the walls and reflect the culture of a neighbourhood in revival Boyle Heights has over the last century been one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in the U S a gateway for immigrants into Los Angeles who were often prevented by restrictive covenants from settling in other parts of the city Bounded by rail yards and industrial activity along the Los Angeles River cut through by freeways home to large public housing projects and then gangs and refugees the neighbourhood has had a tough time But with the Gold Line a new school workforce housing better services and

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2012/05/22/price-points-music-transit-and-revival/ (2015-11-16)
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  • RELEASE: Register and Vote “Yes!” - Transportation and Transit Referendum - Spacing Vancouver
    our transportation network meets our needs as the region grows by one million people within the next 30 years By voting Yes you will help protect our economy our environment and help us all spend more time with friends and families instead of idling in traffic Voting Yes is simple If you are a registered voter living in Metro Vancouver your voting package will be mailed to you by Elections BC between March 16 and March 27 2015 If you don t receive a voting package by March 27 request one by phoning 1 800 661 8683 clicking elections bc ca ovr visiting a Plebiscite Service Office in person after April 13 You can ask for a voting package until midnight on Friday May 15 Complete your ballot and drop it off at any Canada Post Office or in any Canada Post mail box Elections BC must receive your ballot by 8pm Friday May 29 Remind your friends and family to do the same Talk to your friends family neighbours and colleagues about the importance of this vote and urge them to support a Yes vote for the Mayors Plan The Plan will benefit the entire region with benefits within Vancouver including Extension of the Millennium Line from VCC Clark to Arbutus Street along the Broadway Corridor to serve the current and future demand along the region s busiest bus corridor Five additional B Lines connecting people and jobs Upgrades to Expo Millennium and Canada Lines to reduce overcrowding meet demand and improve the transit experience Increased SeaBus service by 50 to run every 10 minutes during the peak periods and every 15 minutes at other times Follow us for updates and news on the Referendum on Facebook and Twitter Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/03/13/release-register-vote-yes-transportation-transit-referendum/ (2015-11-16)
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  • The Case For A Complete Street On Commercial Drive - Spacing Vancouver
    fact that there are on average 665 people walking per hour on the crowded sidewalks of Commercial Drive only one sixth of the street width is dedicated for pedestrians between 1st and Broadway The majority of people shopping walked to the study sites and most activities observed were necessary daily activities e g commuting grocery shopping A small percentage 14 stayed or socialized on the Drive potentially demonstrating that due to high vehicular traffic volumes and speeds people may not feel comfortable staying on Commercial Drive for prolonged periods of time When it comes to spending money at businesses it is people on foot not cars that are shopping From this perspective we have dedicated very little space to the main creators of wealth for businesses By prioritizing vehicle traffic we erode the lively atmosphere that makes Commercial Drive such an interesting place to be Union Street bike lane Photo courtesy of Slow Streets For comparative purposes Slow Streets observed Union Street which features a similar mix of commercial and residential uses Union Street with its vehicle buffered cycling lane demonstrates that it s possible to increase the capacity to move more people in the same amount of space while maintaining access for all modes Consequently Union Street has four times more cycling traffic and one fifth less vehicular traffic but the proportion of shopping is similar to Commercial Drive We also surveyed the Union Street business community to assess the impact of the separated bike lane and found that the majority of businesses had positive perceptions The businesses stated that the increased number of cyclists was generally good for Union Street and their bottom line Most businesses also had a caveat that they would not have been as supportive if the cycling lane had eliminated all of the vehicular parking Parking is certainly important for providing delivery and customer access to businesses However concerns around losing parking spaces on Commercial Drive are unwarranted Slow Streets conducted a parking inventory and discovered that there are over 700 public parking stalls surrounding Commercial Drive between Grandview Highway and 1st Avenue Our parking analysis of Commercial Drive indicates that there is an abundance of parking where 87 of parking available for the public is provided for free on the side streets off of Commercial Drive This preliminary analysis shows that due to parking restrictions already existing on Commercial Drive such as turning allowances at intersections and bus stops replacing two vehicular traveling lanes with dedicated protected cycling lanes and widened sidewalks would have no net loss of parking Despite the lack of dedicated and safe cycling infrastructure on Commercial Drive the number of people cycling through is considerably high at 65 people per hour on average That a considerable number of people are willing to cycle with traffic on Commercial Drive without protected cycling infrastructure indicates that there is latent demand potential Providing safe and dedicated traffic separated cycling lanes would support dramatic cycling growth as witnessed by all other separated cycling

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/01/19/case-complete-street-commercial-drive/ (2015-11-16)
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