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  • Urban Design Archives | Page 2 of 10 | Spacing
    Bateman Like many North American cities the street grid in downtown Toronto is for the most part rigidly geometric Where there s an Read More Vancouver EVENT Researching the City October 30 2015 By Spacing Think research is boring and unrelated to the real world Think again Researching the City is an inspirational evening showcasing how Read More Vancouver Cartographically Speaking Vancouver Coloured Block Map By Erick Villagomez For a larger version click here This has been a long time coming After the creation and publication of the Vancouver Neighbourhood Read More Toronto How the Eaton Centre nearly wrecked Old City Hall By Chris Bateman Ever since Toronto city council moved over the street in 1965 Toronto hasn t quite known what to do with Old City Hall The Read More Vancouver EVENT A Conversation with Brian Jackson about Heritage in Vancouver Oct 15 By Spacing When Thursday October 15 2015 6 30 8 30pm Where Committee Room 1 3rd Floor Vancouver City Hall 453 West 12th Avenue Tickets Read More Toronto Awe in the city By Dylan Reid The study of awe the kind of jaw dropping experience that makes you recalibrate your understanding of the world originated with Read More Book Review Roads Were Not Built For Cars By Jeremy Senko Author Carlton Reid Island Press 2015 There has been a lot of discussion recently around getting more cyclists on the roads be it Read More Atlantic Small is Beautiful Dartmouth s Findlay Centre and the new Master Plan By Sam Austin Dartmouth With summer at an end public consultation for Halifax s new Community Facilities Master Plan CFMP is underway Read More Atlantic Fredericton Junction and New Brunswick s Route 101 By Hassan Arif Why am I writing an article on nature and rural environments for an

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  • Book Review - Roads Were Not Built For Cars - Spacing National
    a positive and negative attribute There were times where I was absolutely riveted I couldn t peel my eyes from the page For instance in the chapter Mastodons To Motorways some light is shed on how people viewed motor car use in the early 20th century Reid writes that in 1904 an American magazine called automobile drivers a reckless bloodthirsty villainous lot of crazy trespassers continuing that a number of localities banned the devil wagon It was interesting to read this knowing some of the venom that gets spit in the direction of bikers nowadays There will always be those that don t follow the rules of the road which they helped create but it s sobering to see that individuals walkers horseback riders in the 1900s had a similar view of the motor car As I mentioned though there were also parts of the book where the facts became overwhelming and the pages seemed encyclopedic to the point that it was hard digest everything at once The sheer amount of factual information is truly awe inspiring but certain sections were treated with more wit and literary savvy than others That being said I think I may have missed out a little bit by reading the soft back print version of the book instead of the e book format On his website Reid talks about the latter and after seeing this I think that perhaps with all the supplemental material that accompanied the digital version these heavily fact laden sections may have had a bit more flow to them Although both the e book and print versions contain the same content the former seems to have more accompanying images with a lot of the factual information has been placed within them such that readers can scroll around the image make it larger and or pop up windows to show facts in context There is even an interactive map of London from 1906 so you can zoom in and look through different road surfaces and see more facts After watching the video the book seemed to take on a new life for me and it was almost impossible to compare the two This aside the fact that many of our roads advances came from the world of bicycles was surprising to me but not shocking The book was filled with information that makes you stand back and ponder just how much our society has changed into a world dominated by motor cars or automobiles as we refer to them now The fact that some of the largest policy makers at the turn of the 20th century were bicyclists that cyclists pushed for paved roads and that in the early 1900s car enthusiasts and bicycling enthusiasts were usually one in the same is astounding almost unbelievable in todays contested climate on road domination Although it is clear that for the moment cars have overtaken bikes in their road dominance I found myself asking for how long by the end of the book

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  • Jeremy Senko, Author at Spacing National
    Review Timber in the City Design and Construction in Mass Timber Author Andrew Bernheimer Oro Editions 2015 About two and a half years ago I had the opportunity in my last year of University to Read More Urban Design Book Review City by City Dispatches from the American Metropolis Edited by Keith Gessen and Stephen Squibb n 1 Farrar Straus and Giroux 2015 When people write about their city it is Read More Community Book Review Designed for the Future 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World Author Jared Green Princeton Architectural Press 2015 Sometimes the strongest way to get a message across is through simplicity Read More Culture Book Review Shore to Shore The Art of Ts uts umult Luke Marston Author Suzanne Fournier Harbour Publishing 2014 To grow up in a country that is so rich with First Nation s culture is truly Read More History Red A Haida Manga Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas Douglas McIntyre 2009 With so much beautiful art and history behind Haida culture it was Read More Architecture Book Review Foundations of Real Estate Development Financing Author Arthur C Nelson Island Press 2014 Working and living in a city that is currently in a large development swing after the Read More Community Book Review Planning for Community Resilience A Handbook for Reducing Vulnerability to Disasters Authors Jamie Hicks Masterson Walter Gillis Peacock Shannon S Van Zandt Himanshu Grover Lori Feild Schwarz John T Cooper Jr Read More Bikes Book Review The Bohemian Guide to Urban Cycling Author Sean Benesh Urban Loft Publishers 2014 Urban cycling is not a new concept in many Canadian cities It seems like at any Read More Community New Slow City Living Simply in the World s Fastest City Author William Powers New World Library 2014 Every once and a while

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  • Intersection Repair: Pender St. & Abbott St. - Spacing Vancouver
    nearby Union Street one of Vancouver s busiest cycling neighbourhood boulevards When you break down the mode volumes directionally it becomes clear that people walking account for the vast majority of people moving through the intersection On average people walking accounted for 65 of the modal share along Abbott St people driving only account for 27 With a higher transit share people walking on average account for 33 of people per hour moving along Pender St The average volumes of people walking North South along Abbott St are also 28 higher than the volumes of people driving East West along Pender St If there are higher volumes of people walking why does the intersection design still prioritize the movement of fewer people driving in the opposite direction at the expense of the safety of people walking and cycling Dangerous By Design After analyzing the walking speeds of people Slow Streets astonishingly found that only 16 of people can safely cross Pender Street in the minimum legal crossing time We discovered the main reasons for this were the wide crossing distances 17 meters and short traffic light timing 13 seconds from when the orange hand starts flashing This is typical of most streets in Vancouver and across North America At 5 lanes 4 travel lanes and 1 left hand turning lane the street is 17 meters wide This particular geometry is designed to prioritize moving vehicles through quickly Due to an automobile focused intersection design the traffic light timing primarily only accounts for vehicular traffic volumes Since Abbott Street has significantly less vehicular capacity than Pender Street it therefore receives a shorter traffic light signalization This creates a dangerous environment for people walking People on foot have at most 20 seconds and at least 13 seconds to cross the 17 meter wide Pender Street The traffic light signalization design and wide crossing distances for people walking and cycling indicates a transportation engineering and city planning bias for prioritizing the movement of vehicles Simply put it places people walking to the bottom of the transportation hierarchy While changing the traffic light signalization can help the central issue is the long crossing distance exposing people walking and cycling to vehicular traffic longer Wide streets are dangerous for people walking one study found that every additional 1 meter of crossing distance results in 3 more collisions As one cost effective solution Slow Streets recommends removing the left hand turning lane on Pender Street The left hand turning lane accounts for 17 of road space adding 3 meters of crossing distance for people walking Meanwhile only one third of the existing vehicular road capacity is being used on Pender St s other lanes Reallocating the 3 meter left turning lanes into 1 5 meter floating medians on both sides of Pender Street will increase the number of people who can successfully cross Pender over the minimum legal traffic light timing from 16 to 50 These changes will not only enhance safety for walking by reducing

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/09/21/intersection-repair-pender-st-abbott-st/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Slow Streets, Author at Spacing Vancouver
    Slow Streets Slow Streets is a Vancouver based Urban Design and Planning consisting of Darren Proulx and Samuel Baron that provides original evidence for people oriented streets We believe streets serve many uses beyond moving automobiles quickly Traffic Intersection Repair Pender St Abbott St According to ICBC data between 2009 and 2013 almost 4 000 people across Vancouver were struck by vehicles while walking or cycling Read More Transit The Case For Bus Only Lanes on Georgia Street At Slow Streets we believe in quick and effective results that are measurable and observable We call for maximizing the utility of Read More Bikes Cycling Lessons Learned From Amsterdam That No One Talks About I recently had the honour of visiting Amsterdam Renowned for its cycling Amsterdam is a city where 48 of all trips made in the city Read More Streetscape The Case For A Complete Street On Commercial Drive Complete Streets treat all people equally regardless of age gender or physical ability Complete Street design focuses on improving Read More Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts EVENTS 42nd Annual Circle Craft Christmas Market November 11 15 2015 Urban Planets Kids Cars

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  • Investing in Cycling in Scarborough - Spacing National
    about the pitfalls of simply building extra wide roadways that are prohibitively expensive to maintain especially for cash strapped municipalities Marohn argues that our current funding mechanisms for suburban development operate like a Ponzi scheme and have left North American cities drowning in debt What is needed is a return to creating neighbourhoods of scale So the question is how can cities better spend their infrastructure funds and recoup their investment over the long term There is no doubt that metropolitan regions require highways railroads bridges and public transportation systems Simply put transportation infrastructure is fundamental to any modern economy But just like your house or apartment regular maintenance is required The bigger the house the more it costs to keep it in good working order If you are looking for ways to save money you can build a smaller house or street The next question is how do we get everyone from A to B if we do not widen our roads What is often lost in this discussion of growth and its connection to billions in infrastructure spending is a discussion on the specific needs of particular communities Specifically we need a more nuanced discussion of the smaller lighter less costly transportation infrastructure required at the neighbourhood scale that can make communities safer prosperous and more livable Recent research in Scarborough by the Toronto Cycling Think Do Tank and TCAT has shown that despite the common perception that everyone living in the suburbs owns a car the reality is that car ownership is not homogenous and there are distinct pockets where residents are more likely to rely on other means to get around Not surprisingly some of these communities in Scarborough have already been identified as areas that would benefit the most from rapid transit investment Combining this data with maps highlighting Walking and Cycling Mode Share in Scarborough reveals both noticeable infrastructure gaps and opportunities where neighbourhood scale targeted investments have the potential to immediately improve the overall safety and livability of these communities For example over the past few years the City of Toronto has made improvements to the Gatineau Hydro Corridor Trail which provides cyclists with a safe and speedy east west route to get across Scarborough However after riding the route on numerous trips it becomes plainly obvious that getting to the trail presents challenges as Scarborough has limited north south cycling infrastructure Furthermore although it may come close the trail does not directly connect to any of Scarborough s key transit hubs In this case additional infrastructure investment in the bikeway network would likely go a long way to encourage active transportation in Scarborough Other small scale infrastructure investments that would help boost cycling in suburban environs include improvements to wayfinding the installation of trail lighting enhanced pavement treatments and higher quality endpoint facilities e g secure locking stations all of which could be completed at a relatively low cost i e not billions For reference Toronto spends only 8 million per year

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2015/09/18/cycling-infrastructure-scarborough/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank, Author at Spacing National
    Bikes Rolling Youth into Toronto s Bicycle Renaissance This post by Jeffrey Trieu is part of Spacing s partnership with the Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank at the University of Toronto Read More Bikes Finding our way by bike This post by Natalie Corbo is part of Spacing s partnership with the Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank at the University of Toronto Read More Bikes Toronto cyclists have hearts of gold The City of Toronto was awarded a Silver Bicycle Friendly Community Award in 2012 for achievement in the areas of Education Read More Bikes Bikes Community and New Lives By Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank This post by Tony Ducepec is part of Spacing s partnership with the Toronto Cycling Think and Do Read More Bikes Green settlement living sustainable lives in Canada This post by Ajith Aluthwatta is part of Spacing s partnership with the Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank at the University of Read More Bikes A city where cyclists are mothers This post by Beth Savan is part of Spacing s partnership with the Toronto Cycling Think Do Tank at the University of Toronto Read More Bikes BIKE THINK TANK Ridership numbers continue to grow This post by Beth Savan is part of Spacing s partnership with the Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank at the University of Toronto Find Read More Bikes Cycling Think Do Tank the new 2015 series on city cycling This post by Beth Savan is part of Spacing s partnership with the Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank at the University of Toronto Find Read More Bikes Cycling Think Do Tank Bikes and Barriers Is it only the physical ones that matter to New Canadians This post by Sonya Silva is part of Spacing s partnership with

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  • McAdam, New Brunswick and the struggle of small communities - Spacing National
    Park and Mount Khatadin Such a strategy would be aimed to attract tourism and potential new residents With the decline of extraction sectors such as mining and forestry cheap land and disregard for consequences was no longer an adequate strategy McAdam a Village Facing Serious Challenges The Village of McAdam in southwestern New Brunswick about a one hour drive from the province s capital city of Fredericton is a community that has faced decline because of outside economic shifts McAdam was an important railway juncture with a large railway station pictured above built as the village became an important servicing stop for trains At its height in 1956 McAdam s population was 2 803 The 1950s saw decline as the switch from steam to diesel in trains meant fewer servicing stops Also the advent of highways and trucking took business away from trains in transporting goods McAdam s current population as per the 2011 Canadian Census is less than half of what it once was at 1 284 people In 1995 ownership of the historic train station was transferred to the village Fundraising campaigns have focused on restoring the train station which has become a tourist attraction and focal point for the community Inside the Historic Train Station Visiting McAdam Rural and small town New Brunswick is scenic The drive from Fredericton to McAdam which goes through the village of Harvey makes for a relaxing summer drive with farms rolling hills and yellow wildflowers Along the Road From Fredericton to McAdam near Harvey In McAdam the railway station is an imposing structure a dominant feature of the village centre It is a focal point for the community as the site of events and activities The train station features preserved historic rooms a restaurant and offers a signature Railway Pie The train station overlooks McAdam Pond which features a nature trail showing the proximity of natural beauty to a walkable village centre Nature Trail Near McAdam Pond The village s railway heritage is evident beyond the train station in the historic downtown for example in the street signs McAdam s Railway Heritage McAdam s walkable downtown offers a lot of potential for the village for residents and tourists Historic and walkable downtown McAdam Where the focus of economic growth and development is on larger cities many smaller towns and communities are left behind They face significant challenges in maintaining viability However there is hope in building on and promoting their natural advantages including historic and walkable downtowns in an era where authenticity and walkability are of increasing appeal Also there is close proximity to nature to promote quality of life and attract tourists and new migrants McAdam is also close to Spednic Lake Provincial Park along the border with the United States There are challenges but there is potential Hassan Arif is a PhD candidate in urban sociology at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton You can follow him on twitter HassanNB and on facebook http www facebook com arif

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/national/2015/08/27/mcadam-new-brunswick-struggle-small-communities/ (2015-11-16)
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