Posts Tagged ‘urban planning’

Stadiums do not bring economic benefits to cities – study

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

The following CBC article confirms what we’ve always known: sports stadiums simply do not deliver on their extravagant economic promises. Just as with casinos, the millionaire proponents of stadiums always claim that these big arenas will make a city rich. But just as with casinos: 1. stadiums do not in fact bring any appreciable economic benefits to a region, and yet 2. the general public (led by the media) persists …read more

Radiant City – entertaining critique of the suburbs of Calgary and beyond

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Radiant City is an entertaining 2006 Canadian film written and directed by Calgary filmmaker Gary Burns  (Kitchen Party, Suburbanator, Way Downtown) and Jim Brown. The  film focus on the Moss family, who introduce us to the brand new suburb they have recently settled in. You can watch the whole NFB film here. Toronto urban designer Ken Greenberg appears, as well as Mark Kingwell, Beverly Sandalack, James Howard Kunstler (The Geography of Nowhere, Long Emergency), Andrés Duany and other …read more

On Rize (Or Forcing A Luxury Highrise On A Neighbourhood That Really Doesn’t Want It)

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

UPDATE: This disastrous, precedent-setting development was passed by our City Council, dominated by supposedly “green” Vision Vancouver, in a 9-1 vote.  It was not sent back to design; only vague requests to the developer to make it smaller and less ugly were uttered. They mean nothing and have no weight; they were only meant to appease community rage. The only vote against was from Councillor Adriane Carr, the sole Green councillor on …read more

Geoffrey West: The surprising math of cities and corporations

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Geoffrey West: The surprising math of cities and corporations. How come it’s so hard to kill a city? There is an interesting discussion of West’s idea in the NYT. I find them interesting, but unclear on the implications for the increasing appetite for new resources. As West points out himself, the resource/depletion/new resource revolutions are accelerating. What next?  

Plea for low-rise density & lament for Chinatown

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Photo of Athens condo tower, via the highrise-loving blog skyscrapercity. Athens has now put a stop to highrises and is sticking with low-rise density. Is the above what we want for our Chinatown? Vancouver City Council recently decided to allow towers in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown. Not only will this push traditional residents out of the area, but it will destroy one of the oldest heritage areas of this very young …read more

We won! No mega-casino in Vancouver

Monday, April 25th, 2011