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  • The Case For Bus-Only Lanes on Georgia Street - Spacing Vancouver
    to wait until the the entire green light signalization is complete after which usually only one car can make it through This essentially removes the capacity of one entire lane of roadway in each direction simply because of a handful of vehicles trying to turn right This is hardly an efficient allocation of road space Congestion has far reaching social economic and environmental impacts for everyone Basic urban planning knowledge has taught us that you can t solve congestion by building more roads You could build a tunnel but you should ask Boston and Seattle how that went If you can t create more land in built out cities the only option is to use space more efficiently The 22 buses per hour operating on Georgia St can see up to 1 300 peak load trips per hour Translink 2015 These buses are so efficient with space if you were to replace these buses with cars you would need 1 048 cars to move the same number of people every hour Cars use 18 times more space and a line of cars bumper to bumper would stretch from Burrard St to Nanaimo St every hour So what is the solution At Slow Streets we argue it would be irresponsible to wait for the perfect plan or funding We need solutions today not tomorrow While long term planning is critical it is complicated and time consuming often taking years to reach a consensus As Slow Streets highlighted in this previous Spacing post we are not calling for the abolition of long term planning but we need to complement it with lighter quicker and more cost effective short term solutions for long term change As a short term solution a curbside bus only lane is something that could be piloted using paint and police enforcement relatively quickly and inexpensively within a year producing immediate results According to research a bus only lane could reduce travel times by 10 Litman 2015c In New York City seven select bus service lines also boosted ridership by 10 and cut travel times by 15 23 Giambusso 2015 New York s 34th Avenue Bus Rapid Transit System sidewalk fare machines Click to enlarge A more medium term solution should be to implement all door boarding and off board fare systems Both of these can dramatically reduce bus delays and do not need complicated or expensive systems New York s 34th Avenue Bus Rapid Transit System uses sidewalk fare machines 7 000 each and the honour system with roving fare checks No need for complex and expensive fare zone barriers or gates In Los Angeles recent tests of all door boarding at two stops shows promising results halving the boarding times McCarthy 2015 Since 2012 San Francisco has had all door boarding without the need for gated fare zones This not only resulted in 40 reductions in bus waiting times at stops but also reduced fare evasion with the use of roving fare checks SFMTA 2014 Sign restricting

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/08/10/the-case-for-bus-only-lanes-on-georgia-street/ (2015-11-16)
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  • EVENT: The Granville Social, July 18 & 19 - Spacing Vancouver
    18 19 July 16 2015 By Yuri Artibise Watch play mingle and meet all in the street Check out The Granville Social a weekend event that will transform the Granville strip into a public space with pockets of fun places to rest and refresh share experiences and make memories Come participate on July 18th and 19th watch local and international artists musicians athletes artisans DJs community groups and businesses Celebrate the rich and diverse vibe of Vancouver and our surrounding communities One weekend only Details Date Saturday July 18th and Sunday July 19th Time 12 7pm each day Location Granville Street from Drake to Hastings Twitter Viva Van Hashtags VivaVan GranvilleSocial downtownvan Facebook page Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts EVENTS Groundswell Walking Tours July 14 21 28 Main Streets At the Heart of Vancouver s Communities EVENTS Opening of Empire Fields Plateau Sports Park and New Greenways July 18th SFU Launches We the City Community Summit Oct 30th to Nov 7th Tweet More posts by Yuri Artibise 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 Cartographically

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/07/16/event-granville-social-july-18-19/ (2015-11-16)
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  • In Focus: Downtown Vancouver Public Plazas - Spacing Vancouver
    time the streets of downtown have changed dramatically through rezoning and site redevelopment sacrificing many public spaces along the way Should this really be the case I recently took a walk around Downtown and visited some of the public sites captured in the archives I know Vancouver s weather is not the best year round however I could not help but notice a lack of people taking advantage of these spaces Public plazas don t appear as alive or thriving as they used to be Is it because people have moved on and found new public spaces that are more attractive and appealing Or could it be that these spaces no longer appear open to the public but are increasingly becoming private spaces These are some of the questions I ask myself and continue to consider as the city transforms It was an eye opening experience to take a look back and see how public plazas were built in the past and used by the public We should all make it a goal to consider how public spaces can be protected in the city and how they can be revitalized as part of the city s future Simply put people need public spaces Isabelle Kim is a Vancouver based Communications Design B A from SFU involved in past public space and placemaking projects She is an urban planning enthusiast obsessed with urban design and architecture Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Robson Redux relaunches VIVA Vancouver calls for designers Redefining Granville Island Book Review Fit An Architect s Manifesto SFU Launches We the City Community Summit Oct 30th to Nov 7th Tweet More posts by Isabelle Kim 2 comments Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/04/20/focus-forgotten-downtown-public-plazas/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Isabelle Kim, Author at Spacing Vancouver
    projects She is an urban planning enthusiast obsessed with urban design and architecture Architecture Visual Thoughts 55 Last VT image Warehouse in Burnaby BC Isabelle Kim is a Vancouver based Communications Design B A from SFU involved in Read More Streetscape In Focus Downtown Vancouver Public Plazas As a part of research I have been conducting around public spaces within Downtown Vancouver I was curious to look into Vancouver s Read More Housing City of Vancouver Homeless Count 2015 It is once again that time of year when the City of Vancouver conducts their Annual Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver As an ongoing Read More Architecture Visual Thoughts 51 Last VT image Receding tide at Birch Bay Washington Isabelle Kim is a Vancouver based Communications Design B A from Read More Neighbourhoods Redefining Granville Island I feel a bit ignorant for being oblivious of the changes that have been happening on Granville Island over the past year I Read More Architecture Book Review Fit An Architect s Manifesto Author Robert Geddes Princeton University Press 2013 We often approach architectural design with our traditional older paradigms Read More Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/author/isabellekim/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Reflections on Planning Grandview-Woodland - Spacing Vancouver
    function of a whole neighborhood in a positive way But like my daughter we are often stuck in what seems to be the default no response Just because So with adults much more time and resources are required to step away from this tendency and shift gears into a constructive discussion How can you imagine planning for 30 years ahead It starts with maps Maps on the tables a map on the wall tracing paper and felt pens The changes anticipated for Nanaimo street and its adjacent blocks dominated by single family houses were generally those involving densification The facilitators in the room did a good job of explaining in words and diagrams the broad concepts When people express a concern about height there were a variety of solutions to maintain sunlight air flow and views There were moments in the workshop at the Wise Hall where a presenter uttered the words No Change and the whole room burst into cheers of approval No change to zoning around the parks No change to this no change to that cheers cheers and more cheers However most people know and understand that change will come It s happening right now A more constructive question then may be what change would you like to see When the discussions focused on amenities green space and transportation valuable information was gathered This was the planning process at its finest Residents feedback can directly inform planners recommendations to City Council Without them the policies coming out of this process are much less effective in providing us with the services we could have It is very difficult perhaps virtually impossible to predict what changes will eventually yield whether they will ultimately succeed or fail but we need to contribute to our shared future There are two useful ways of looking at the process of change When I talked at the table with my fellow residents I likened the addition of height within the Nanaimo Sub Area to the work of a sculptor one method employs the gradual addition of matter to the base until it feels right the other is chiseling pieces away from the block until you expose the shape you want The idea was to explore the maximum massing as an exercise in community sculpture With the maps available we can take each region and consider its context Whether it is the adding of mass or the chiseling away method each area can accommodate additional space be it retail office residence or industry Our discussion around neighbourhood planning needs to move on to formalizing the limits of change Refusing change will not prevent it from happening When the change is formally and positively directed with the right input from the community the policies constructed based on these discussions will reflect the change that we all need Tooling Our Language Words are one of the core tools of human communication They are pivotal to our survival as a species and the source of inspiring opportunities and

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/03/09/urban-planning-lab/ (2015-11-16)
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  • YarOn Stern, Author at Spacing Vancouver
    YarOn completed the Urban Design certificate program at Simon Fraser University You can see him in community events around the lower mainland and beyond listening to insights and sharing his stories His main blog focuses on urban issues at yaronstern wordpress com Neighbourhoods Mechanisms of connection A city in change can be fascinating and inspiring as much as it can be sad and depressing This is true I suspect for its residents Read More Neighbourhoods Reflections on Planning Grandview Woodland Although I live near Norquay Park I have a strong connection to Grandview Woodland Ever since I moved to the east side in 2004 both Read More Features Room for thought space for creation What if most people s priorities are NOT culture Maybe politicians actually DO respond to residents demands My question came in Read More Community Talking About Cars So what is it about Vancouver that everyone s talking about my father s question from 2009 resonated in me as I was taking Read More Features Disasters by the Book Would you be able to rely on your neighbors in the event an earthquake struck your home How helpful would public institutions remain Read More Search Advertisement Spacing

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/author/yaronstern/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Visual Thoughts #56 - Spacing Vancouver
    Food Green Space Headlines History Housing Infrastructure Maps Media Neighbourhoods Parks Photos Politics Services Spacing Streetscape Traffic Transit Urban Design Walking Waterfront Region Topic Parks Comments 0 Tweet Visual Thoughts 56 July 8 2015 By Erick Villagomez Last VT image 564 Beatty Street Vancouver BC Erick Villagomez is one of the founding editors at Spacing Vancouver He is also an educator independent researcher and designer with personal and professional interests in the urban landscapes His private practice Metis Design Build is an innovative practice dedicated to a collaborative and ecologically responsible approach to the design and construction of places You can see more of his artwork on his Visual Thoughts Tumblr Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Visual Thoughts 57 Visual Thoughts 53 Visual Thoughts 47 Visual Thoughts 52 Tweet More posts by Erick Villagomez 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 Cartographically Speaking Variation in Food Access for Vancouver Neighbourhoods Do High Rise Towers Destroy Community Vancouver s True Colours Inspired by Nature A Century After 1914 Vancouver s War Memorials From the Spacing Store

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/07/08/visual-thoughts-56/ (2015-11-16)
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  • EVENTS: Opening of Empire Fields, Plateau Sports Park and New Greenways, July 18th - Spacing Vancouver
    July 18th July 13 2015 By Spacing Rene Scavington tests out some equipment at Canada s first outdoor public parkour park Image courtesy of Jennifer Gauthier For Metro Empire Fields and Plateau Sports Park is 15 acres of new and renewed sport recreation and playground spaces that was completed in the spring of 2015 The 10 5 million construction is a significant outcome of the Hastings Park PNE Master Plan and delivers on community and Park Board priorities for new park space and improvements in pedestrian and bicycle paths New park features include parkour bike skills park table tennis volleyball and basketball courts fitness area playground two full sized synthetic turf soccer fields and a running track Greenways for walking and cycling connect this park space to the rest of Hastings Park New Brighton Park and the surrounding neighbourhood The opening celebration will take place on Saturday July 18 10 00 am 5 00 pm The opening celebration will include parkour volleyball BMX and skateboard demonstrations tournaments and sports drop in sessions for all ages Face painting photo booth crafts CircusWest performers the Vancouver Aquarium s AquaVan and activity tents The Z95 street team will be playing hits all day Free cupcakes for the first 250 people to arrive See here for all the exciting details and hope to see you there http vancouver ca news calendar empire fields plateau sports park opening aspx Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts SFU Launches We the City Community Summit Oct 30th to Nov 7th What are Vancouver s Best Public Spaces EVENT City Conversations Future of the Viaducts EVENTS ThisIsHowWeRollVan Tweet More posts by Spacing Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts EVENTS 42nd Annual Circle Craft Christmas Market

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/07/13/events-opening-empire-fields-plateau-sports-park-new-greenways-july-18th/ (2015-11-16)
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