Monthly Archives: August 2007

Vancouver Province column: PNE gives us a taste of the fun we could use more of — all year long

The Province
Monday, August 27, 2007

You’ve got to
love the Pacific National Exhibition, which got underway last weekend. The annual lineups at The Fair, as it’s known, prove that West Coasters have an enduring passion for old-fashioned, Coney Island-like fun.

There’s nothing quite like riding the wooden rollercoaster, or munching on candy apples or caramel corn under a starry, August sky.

Not surprisingly, the midway is overrun with kids — and the rest of us who refuse to grow up — night after glorious night.

If only locals could enjoy the rickety-rides, Elvis impersonators and cotton candy year-round.

But, beyond the fairgrounds, it’s not easy finding this kind of good times in uppity Lotus Land. And that’s a shame for all of us.
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Vancouver Province column: Why London-style congestion fees won’t work downtown

Congestion pricing continues to be on the front-burner for many cities. It’s obviously a tough issue that regions are struggling with. It’s an emotional topic too.

I penned the following column for the Province this past summer.

Why London-style congestion fees won’t work downtown
Published: Monday, August 20, 2007
Motorists in the Lower Mainland have endured a deluge of roadway headaches this summer, from traffic jams on freeways and bridges to construction-related delays across the region.
But they haven’t had to face what motorists in New York City might eventually be contending with: Paying tolls to enter the city core.
Though it’s far from a done deal, the U.S. government last week pledged $354 million US for a plan to ding drivers of cars and trucks between $8 and $21 to enter Manhattan during peak hours.

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Vancouver Province column: Let’s stop measuring progress by by the number of condo projects

The Province
Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Vancouver is a great city with a pathetic bar scene.

Don’t take my word for it. Just ask those Canadians who took part in an opinion poll released last week by Angus Reid. In that survey, Vancouver ranked as the best to city to live or vacation in.

But for nightlife, those same respondents gave our West Coast metropolis a miserable zero per cent of the vote — behind even that well-known party city of Saskatoon.

And in an otherwise glowing travel article in the New York Times, writer Marc Weingarten proclaimed Vancouver’s clubs to be generic and disappointing.

Is the Vancouver bar scene really as ho-hum as Weingarten and other out-of-towners make it out to be?

For many Lower Mainlanders, the answer would be a resounding yes. Continue reading

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