Archive for the ‘cities’ Category

Bjarke Ingels’ Vancouver pirate ship

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Oh really

I can’t remember if I’ve already talked about this Dubai-style luxury twisted tower that Vancouver is getting; apologies if I have. The tower, designed by architect Bjarke Ingels, is now rising in Vancouver but the reason I’m writing about it now is that I just read a critique in Artforum of this year’s Venice Biennale for Architecture which contained a chilling portrait of Ingels.

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Do not work for Mommie Dearest (Craigslist ad)

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

I’m expecting that this Craigslist Vancouver ad (text at bottom of this post) will get so much abuse it’ll be taken down soon, so I’m cutting and pasting it here. (UPDATE: it’s been taken down, but a friend found this one which similar, but we believe it’s not by the same people (this couple has a child), and that seems worse because then there’s more than one of these couples.) My following intro is just a collation of everyone’s thoughts on a related and hilariously angry Facebook thread.

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“Simpsons” actor Harry Shearer speaking against AirBnB & other short term rentals

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

A brilliant speech to a New Orleans City Council hearing on AirBnB and short term rentals in general. As Best of New Orleans reported:

Comedian and actor Harry Shearer was among the opponents speaking against short-term rentals, calling its proponents and rental owners speaking in the first half of the meeting “a parade of happy scofflaws.”

“What other business can I start in the privacy of my home?” he joked.

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Dad’s foolproof parallel parking method (take note, atrocious drivers in fancy cars)

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

OK. Having witnessed perhaps the most staggeringly incompetent parallel park of all time by the driver of the $500K US Lamborghini Aventador above—something like a 17 point turn that took about 4 minutes, all at a roaring 90-100 decibels—I feel it’s time to share my father’s foolproof method of parallel parking.

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Requiem for the American Dream

Monday, July 4th, 2016

Someone has uploaded a copy of the film Requiem for the American Dream. In it Noam Chomsky explains the process by which wealth inequality destroys democracy, how fantastic riches are not just intense concentration of wealth but of power, which then further speeds up the cycle of returning ever greater wealth to the rich through the deregulation of the economy that the rich demand.

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Condo as colonialism redux – again

Monday, April 11th, 2016
Venue Surrey - Brownsville pioneers

Here’s yet another condo development framed as a modern repeat of Canada’s 19th C colonial pioneer era. It’s called “Venue” and it’s in Whalley, a small town centre within Surrey, a large, racially mixed Vancouver suburb mostly known for farming. Of all the marketing means at their disposal, Venue has decided to frame its target market as “adventurers and entrepreneurs” and it makes an explicit link between these potential buyers and prior white “adventurers” who apparently “settled” Whalley.

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