There has been a recent study that says that walkable cities do not make people happier. According to that study, this is because in the most walkable North American big cities such as Boston and New York City, there is a huge wage gap relative to cost of living for many of those city's residents. You can see where this is going already. With so many people working multiple … [Read more...] about Walkable Cities: Can We Be Happier Than We Are?
The deadline to get in your ballot on the transportation tax plebiscite is 8 p.m. Friday, May 29. For those of you who haven't yet mailed in your ballot, Canada Post is no longer an option. You must drop off your ballot at an Elections BC office. The closest ones to New Westminster are at Lougheed Town Centre (across from the H&M) or Central City Mall (across from Pearl … [Read more...] about Divided We Fall: Last chance to vote in the transit tax plebiscite
Although many think of it as a suburb of Vancouver, New West was born a city - one of the first on this part of the coast. It thrived in a time before automobiles remade the landscape and transformed our streets from social spaces to thoroughfares. It's one of the reasons New West's sense of community is so strong. But it also creates friction between people concerned with … [Read more...] about Like an old house, New West is blessed with ‘good bones’
There are two peculiarities that we have here in the Lower Mainland that make transportation planning hereabouts a tad more “interesting” than most places. It also increases the danger that a transportation project is not as successful as it could be. TransLink’s Double-Agenda In addition to running our local public transport system, TransLink was given another task. The … [Read more...] about Transportation woes due to conflicting interests: transit or roads?
Opinion polling in New Westminster is pretty clear: New Westminster does not want a six-lane replacement to the Pattullo Bridge. TransLink's public consultation in our community, however, has assumed six lanes as a given. Clearly, New West and TransLink are not seeing eye to eye. New Westminsterites concerned about air quality, livability, pedestrian safety and environmental … [Read more...] about Family-friendly Pattullo rally planned at TransLink open house June 23
TransLink has proposed replacing the 75-year-old Pattullo Bridge with one designed to last 100 years. Unfortunately, after attending their open house in New Westminster last Feb, I walked away feeling that they had missed a crucial opportunity. First, I did not see how TransLink’s own established 2040 vision to reduce emissions fits into their plans for an expanded Pattullo … [Read more...] about Is TransLink vision too narrow for new Pattullo Bridge?