OLD POST OFFICE BUILDING, COURTENAY, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Local urbanist Randy Chatterjee and Lewis Villegas led a walking tour of the Courtenay downtown and river front in an effort to discover Courtenay’s past and clues about its future on 6 May 2018.
The walking tour is a favorite method in urbanism to experience the sense of place. When we drive at 50 kph what we experience is the interior of our cars. Outside the windows the world is whizzing by too fast to notice. At vehicular speeds the saying goes, ‘If you blink—you missed it’. Walking can experience what is—in this case Courtenay—a unique human-scale urbanism. Towns don’t have to be big to be beautiful. We went looking for the good urbanism that creates human-scale spaces supporting social activity and interaction. We found a handful of opportunities already in place capable of firing up our innate values of community & values of place. And we discovered more.
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The so-called ‘Vancouver Housing Crisis’ receives gasping responses from local and provincial politicians at Union of British Columbia Municipalities conference. Yet amid the Oohs and Aahs only one thing rang clear—the message is not getting through. Politicians in attendance did not grasp how they must stop runaway housing prices the actions of previous legislatures triggered more than 30 years ago.
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BOTTICELLI’S VENUS AND PRIMAVERA JOINED AS A DIPTYCH
Against the grain of art criticism, the only way to look at Botticelli’s enormous paintings from the mid to late 15th century is as a matched pair: A diptych.
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JACK MA, FOUNDER ALIBABA GROUP
With a nuclear crisis brimming on the Korean Peninsula perhaps an outside perspective on the West from China’s biggest millionaire can bring fresh insights. When the second WTO was convened, according to Ma, everyone worried that international companies were coming to take away all their stuff. As a result of globalization US companies, and others, made billions. Globalization is Great. But it needs to be improved and made more inclusive.
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Ahead of the G20 Summit China ups the ante with surrogate Kim Jong Un firing an ICBM on U.S. Independence Day.
KIM JONG UN ON 4 JULY 2017
Update 3 September 2017—North Korea detonated a thermo-nuclear device in a weapon test on Sunday before Labor Day. A second seismic shock that followed the detonation said Lassina Zerbo of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization is believed to be a geological tremor caused by the blast. The test came as Russian President Putin was in China meeting with other leaders of the BRICS economic bloc.
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Jordan Peterson exposes the stuff coming out of our universities for over 40 years as antithetical to classical liberalism
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Peterson, a Canadian professor from Toronto, steps up to the plate and hits one over the wall in a manner inspiring not just for the Blue Jays dugout, or Canadians citizens in general, but for the western world as a whole. If you are unable to open the link, my notes from the video are offered below.
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TRANSPORTATION TRANSECT (click image for hi-resolution graphic)
The Rural to Urban Transect is Andres Duany’s master stroke for analyzing urbanism. Here, we will use it to classify various modes of transportation according to principles for sustainable urbanism, efficient transportation and democratic land economics. The transportation transect presents an aspirational condition where carbon based transportation technologies have been superseded and cities & towns are built to maximize social mixing.
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