Monday, September 24, 2007
Last week, during the afternoon rush hour, I tried to catch a 98 B-Line bus to take me over the Granville Street Bridge and into downtown Vancouver. My luck in catching a ride across False Creek and on to Waterfront Station? Not very good. After waiting 10 minutes, a couple of the buses did appear. But both were full, leading to what’s known as the “pass up” — that frustrating moment when a bus driver gives would-be passengers the “no vacancy” shrug and keeps on driving.
I eventually did board one of the B-Lines, but only after cramming myself into the overcrowded vehicle and standing shoulder-to-shoulder with a justifiably grumpy bunch of fellow passengers.
It seems bus riders are grumpy across the Lower Mainland these days. And I don’t blame them. In too many instances, the buses run overcrowded and late, especially during September, when commuters are returning to classes or the office. Continue reading
Monday, September 10, 2007
The word is out: Property in Vancouver is overpriced. Way overpriced. And not just by Canadian standards, it seems. We actually outdo New York, London and Tokyo, to name a few pricey metropolises.
Monday, September 3, 2007
Last month, in a Victoria shopping mall parking lot, a driver with a four-year-old daughter in tow had to use a tennis racquet to fend off an attacking motorist wielding a cue ball.
In July, a Vancouver driver was charged with mischief and assault for repeatedly punching the driver of a pick-up truck in the head after a heated exchange of words.
And a Burnaby man was arrested in May in connection with a road-rage beating in which the victim suffered a heart attack.
Vancouver is the best city in the world to live, according to a survey from the Economist Intelligence Unit published last week.
But folks who spend any time driving in this region might beg to differ. That’s because — compounded by our ever-congested highways and bridges — road rage is alive and well.