DENSIFICATION: Options, Opportunities & Consequences

September 2, 2014

As Grandview-Woodland approaches the end game of the Community Plan process  — the master plan that will govern development in Grandview-Woodland for the next thirty years – we all need to understand what more density in our neighbourhood might actually mean.  How much of our neighbourhood are we willing to change to meet the density goals of Vancouver City Planning? To help us understand this vital issue more thoroughly, Our Community, Our Plan & Britannia Community Centre have invited two experts to give presentations and answer residents’ questions at a special public meeting they urge you to attend.

The meeting will be held from 7:00pm to 9:00pm on Wednesday 10th September at Astorino’s, at the corner of Commercial & Venables.

The speakers are:

Dr. Patrick Condon, Chair of the Masters of Urban Design Program at UBC.  Over more than 20 years of academic excellence, Patrick has worked to advance sustainable development options, and to increase the value of public collaboration. Patrick will speak about his ideas for a “flat” city that integrates with existing infrastructure and allows for a gradual low-rise densification where appropriate, eliminating the need for expensive transit options and high-rises.

Richard Wozny is a consultant to real estate developers, investors and the public sector. Over his career he has been involved in projects worth in excess of $100 billion. These projects include 500 shopping centres, thousands of acres of industrial development and residential sub-divisions, and hundreds of high-density residential and office towers. Richard’s talk will be about how private development extracts and privatizes the value of public infrastructure, leading to a lower quality of life.

This will be a unique opportunity to discuss alternative futures for our neighbourhood, and, along with the organizers, I urge you to come along, invite friends and neighbours; join the conversation!

The Sky Is The Limit

September 2, 2014

skys the limit

Smack Down For The Hypocrites

September 2, 2014

My favourite tweet of the week, so far, has been this from @evacide:


If you’re outraged about the NSA invading your privacy but you’re ogling Jennifer Lawrence pics right now, please step into my fist.