Category Archives: urban planning

As much as I love the Red Rocket….

When I ride any distance on the streetcar, I find myself ‘writing’ in my mind. There is something about riding the Rocket that puts me in touch with my creative flow. But much as I love the Red Rocket* I … Continue reading

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Neighbourhood fascists?

I’m sitting across from someone who should know better, but he says “Well I don’t want tall buildings either!”  We’ve been talking about the need for densification to reduce urban sprawl, slow down gentrification and increase affordability – my favourite … Continue reading

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Embracing the opposition

A conference I’m attending soon in Toronto* that revolves around the increasing urbanization of the world and related issues, asks the question “How can citizens most effectively be involved in this massive re-shaping of the urban environment?” As it happens, … Continue reading

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Rachel + Jane

Two important  books  seem to be meeting each other in my mind these days.   Almost as though the two authors began with a conversation in my head about the environment vs. urban planning, and they’ve gradually come to embrace each … Continue reading

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Walkability and Livability

I think a lot about the question of what might make my neighbourhood livable and thriving long term.  And how does that relate to affordability?  And the environment?  I’ve been trying to get my mind around some of Jane Jacobs’ … Continue reading

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Urbanism 101- evolving

I am “Fearlessanalyst” for a reason:  I just had to keep on compulsively analyzing after my December 21 post, reacting to the ‘Turner + Porter meeting’.  Reflecting back over the decades, I thought about how my perspectives on development and … Continue reading

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Living in the shade of progress

Someday we’re all going to have to learn to live in the shade of tall buildings, is what I’ve been saying for the past decade, to anyone who would listen.  They tend to shut down when they hear that.  It’s … Continue reading

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