Kluckner on Vancouver’s History of Urban Planning

January 26, 2020

On 3rd March, Grandview’s own Michael Kluckner is presenting an illustrated lecture on the history of Urban Planning in Vancouver from 1911 to the City Plan.

“Over 90 years ago Vancouver hired Harland Bartholomew & Associates to create Vancouver’s first city-wide plan. Highly influential in the first half of the twentieth century, Bartholomew’s firm emerged as leading American urban planners starting in 1911 and pioneered methodologies for plans in many cities. The 332-page A Plan for the City of Vancouver saw several iterations completed in 1927-30 for the Vancouver Town Planning Commission. It provided an ambitious vision and specific concepts for the young city at the time when Vancouver amalgamated with two neighbouring municipalities to become the modern City of Vancouver, with automobile-oriented transportation demands and planning for industrial growth as priority considerations.

Bartholomew’s plans left a lasting legacy in how the city developed over the decades to come, including the Burrard Bridge and strict separations between apartment and detached home areas. Author Michael Kluckner will explore what was implemented, what worked and what did not, and track more recent changes in legislation and development, such as the vision for False Creek, condominium living and the push for compact communities in both the city and the region. As Vancouver enters a new phase of city-wide planning and an expanded regional context, a look back over the past century can provide insights on many aspects of the city today.”

Michael is really good on this stuff.  If you haven’t heard him before, he is an excellent relaxed speaker, always entertaining.

For registration details visit the Vancouver Heritage Foundation page.

Grandview 26th January 1920

January 26, 2020


Vancouver Sun, 19200126, p12

Our Media Bubbles

January 25, 2020

The latest Pew Research reports include a detailed look at US Media Polarization. The divide in the trustworthiness of various media sources between those tending to the Republican side and those tending to the Democratic side is extraordinarily wide.

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As this survey looks only at mainstream media (newspapers, TV, radio), I would imagine that the functional divide is even greater once one factors in the noise from social media.

This is a worthwhile reminder to us all — as we all tend to be guilty of siloing — that the media bubble we choose to exist in is NOT the only one out there.

Image: A Cool Drink

January 25, 2020

Grandview 25th January 1920

January 25, 2020


Vancouver Sun” 19200125, p.4

Grandview 24th January 1920

January 24, 2020


“Vancouver World”. 19200124, p,23

Image: Shadows On Wood

January 23, 2020