Accessible Walkability~The Fabric of Community

Walking, Transit and the Trash~The New York City Demonstration Project

For anyone that walks around major cities, garbage is a problem. There never seems to be a garbage bin in the right place at the right time. And that was the case in this New York City story. Global news describes the end of a demonstration project in New York City   that installed garbage…

The Best Pedestrian Rest Areas are “Docking” in Parking Spaces

Little parklets are those exciting hacks of previous parking spaces morphing into things that well, ordinary people walking around can use. And one of the finest hacks as reported in City Lab is this absolutely brilliant reuse of a 24 foot sailboat now docked in a  Ballard neighbourhood street outside a Seattle donut shop. You are looking…

Why Are we Not Naming A Special Public Space after Legendary Architect Bing Thom?

Ralph Segal was the senior architect and development planner for the Planning Department of the City of Vancouver. He is a well-respected professional that cares deeply about the city, and who was involved in most of the major planning and design decisions in the City in the three decades prior to his retirement. Ralph has…

Peter Wohlwend, Walkability and Windsor Way

I have found that it is not city administration, policy and budgets that create great communities, but the concepts and ideas of the communities themselves. When planners talk about a three-legged stool of place making and the importance of policy, plan and then  community engagement, I have always seen it a bit differently. I think…

The Crossing That Can Kill You

The Globe and Mail has weighed in  with an article titled “Fatal Crossings” analyzing five years of data to ascertain why and how 163 pedestrians have died in the City of Toronto in the last five years. By the author Victor Biro’s calculations, that means that in Toronto on average  one pedestrian is hit on…


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