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The “Non-Partisan” Association, Vancouver’s zombie political party

August 13, 2014

The “Non-Partisan” Association, Vancouver’s zombie political party


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This post is for Vancouverites who are either new to the city, or who are urban or civic politics nerds but aren’t acquainted with the early historical roots of the local civic political party that is known—somewhat hilariously—as the Non Partisan Association (NPA).

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Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan or DTES LAP

March 12, 2014

Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan or DTES LAP

The Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan or DTES LAP is a comprehensive plan for a significant area of downtown/East Vancouver. It goes before City Council this week, where Council seems likely to pass it despite significant opposition.

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RIP Waldorf Hotel, another Vancouver cultural hub killed by condo interests

January 9, 2013

RIP Waldorf Hotel, another Vancouver cultural hub killed by condo interests

 

This is a disaster. Vision Vancouver, are you really going to allow more speculative condo development to take out one of the last good mixed cultural venues in the city?

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“Contempo” – my term for the insincere faux-modern design style infecting our lives

October 20, 2012

“Contempo” – my term for the insincere faux-modern design style infecting our lives

There is a particular type of contemporary design that I deeply despise but for which there is no terminology. About six years ago, out of frustration, I started calling it “contempo.” It is a deliberately cheesy term for a cheesy aesthetic, an aesthetic of dumbed-down, cutesy faux-modernism.

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