Elsewhere · History · Pacific Northwest

Squirrels Were Once Desired…

Squirrels are everywhere in the city and it seems they have been with us forever. While it’s hard to believe now, squirrels were not a common sight in early 19th Century cities, in fact they were considered somewhat exotic and desirable. My curiosity was peaked when I found references to the mayor of New York… Continue reading Squirrels Were Once Desired…

Chinatown · Elsewhere · urban design

Let There Be Light…

There are so many examples of cities using light in interesting ways. Imagine if Chinatown in Vancouver hosted a lighting festival… This is from Frame Magazine. It may not be as drastic as in some parts of the world, but the Netherlands gets dark pretty darn early during winter. To break the blackness, Amsterdam Light Festivalilluminates… Continue reading Let There Be Light…

Elsewhere · History · urban design · Vancouver · walking tours

Jane’s Walk 2014 – Vernon Drive

I finally got myself organized and have posted my Jane’s Walk: Scrap Metal, False Creek, and Taxi Cabs: a walk on Vernon Drive It will be a walk the length of Vernon Drive south of Venables. We’re meeting on the south east corner of Venables and George Street, 7:00 pm. As usual, rain or shine.

Elsewhere · urban design

Pop up Airline Restaurant

From Time Out London: “The air host­ess pop-up restau­rant is not a new phe­nom­e­non – we first report­ed on Ms Rub­ber­nurse’s ‘Era Flot’ pop-up in 2010. But Era Flot’s just been seri­ous­ly upstaged by… British Air­ways. That’s right, the nation’s favourite air­line in run­ning a pop-up restau­rant in Shored­itch, based around the flight expe­ri­ence, and… Continue reading Pop up Airline Restaurant

Chinatown · Elsewhere · History · market alley · Uncategorized

The Walking Home Project

Speaking of walking… In October 2010, I had the privilege of being invited to present two walking tours for the Walking Home project. For the first walk, the focus was on Carrall Street which for me is great fun because the street cuts through three historic neighbourhoods; Gastown, Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside, and touches… Continue reading The Walking Home Project