Archive for the ‘urban planning’ Category

First Past the Post: corruption and political disengagement

Monday, November 12th, 2018

British Columbia is in the middle of a referendum on electoral reform. We are deciding whether we should switch to a Proportional Representation (PR or Pro Rep) system from our current First Post the Post (FPTP) system. I decided to write this post because the official Yes to PR group, Vote PR BC, has failed to communicate a really key point: that political corruption, and the public’s resulting feelings of political hopelessness and lack of faith in the political process, are are more related to our broken First Past the Post electoral system than we realize.

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Inside job: How a murky system of preferential access skews new condo sales

Saturday, June 24th, 2017


M City condo development, in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga


Above, story on preferential sales to offshore buyers by Westbank, a Vancouver developer who built an outsized condo development in Vancouver’s Chinatown

This important article, “Inside job: How a murky system of preferential access skews new condo sales” is behind a paywall, so I’ve cut and pasted its content here.

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Vote-splitting, privilege, BC Green party, “voting conscience” and first-past-the-post elections

Thursday, April 27th, 2017


Dear British Columbians, especially youth voters:

I’m an environmentalist, and I have been feeling the need to state that if you vote BC Green in the BC election on May 9, it is very likely you will help re-elect the far-right BC Liberals (unless you are on Southern Vancouver Island).

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City of Vancouver’s disastrous new logo

Friday, February 24th, 2017

New City of Vancouver logo, in un-kerned Gotham typeface

I still can’t entirely believe it, but this bland, amateur wordmark is the City of Vancouver’s new logo—or to be more accurate, since it barely qualifies as a wordmark let alone a logo: here is our new sad bit of typing.

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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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