Vancouver Urbanist Meetup—April 2014
It’s time for April’s Vancouver Urbanists Meetup. This month, we’ll be meeting on April 13th from 3-5:00pm at Biercraft Bistro on Cambie Street.
Come out to enjoy a drink with your fellow urbanists and urbanites. As always, feel free to drop in when you can and stay as long as you want. We will be there from 3 pm until at least 5:00 pm.
You can RSVP on Facebook or Eventbrite.
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Jane’s Walk Vancouver Orientation—April 14th
Janes’ Walk is less than a month away! We’re delighted to have a number of people interested in leading a walk and helping out, and now is the time to get the walk details finalized and posted on the website.Orientation Session
We’d like to invite to you an orientation session for Walk Leaders and Volunteers—and anybody else interested in learning more about Jane’s Walk. Here are the details:
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Spring Equinox in Chicago by nixerkg
Looking Back: Modo 8k Spring Run-Off -
People kept saying, “We couldn’t have asked for a better day!” But race day wasn’t a success just because of the early spring sunshine.
We announced our partnership with the Canada Running Series in December last year, and to see all our combined efforts with CRS and our charity partner, …
The #AGPforMe Digital Dude Hangout - Dudes, Doctors… and Beer! #vancouver
As I posted a few weeks ago, I’ve been involved in A GP for Me Vancouver a local campaign to allow more citizens to have a family doctor.
Throughout the last six weeks of the campaign, men aged 18-40 (aka guys like me) have been one of the most challenging demographics for us to engage. While we are the most likely group to engage in high risk behaviours (high impact sports and fitness, alcohol…
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What Vancouver’s Mid Main Park Can Teach Us About Small Parks
I love tiny parks—the more itty-bitty the better—and when I was back in Vancouver recently, I made sure I went to visit the relatively new Mid Main Park at Main and 18th Street done by Hapa Collaborative. I had been watching the design process from my perch in Toronto and was excited to see what it looked like in person. In short, the park is awesome, and it can teach us a lot about how to create great small parks.
There are a few reasons why this park is great. One is that it uses its space incredibly well, creating different rooms in a pretty tiny park by changing the elevations, using curved pathways, and incorporating distinct design elements in different places. It’s also located at an interesting bend in Main Street and creates a nice place to stop and people watch.
The other reason though is found in the whimsy of its design. As this recent post in the excellent blog The Dirt points out, the design of the park was meant to evoke the feel of a nearby ice cream shop that had closed in the 1980s. The park includes candy-red stools, a sculpture that resembles bendy straws, long concrete benches, and a small grassy knoll. Too many times, small parks are left as a patch of grass with a bench or two when they can be so much more. Dare to dream big, tiny parks!
The final reason is that the park is also an excellent example of what can happen when a city reclaims under-utilized roadway for park space. The design called for the closing of a slip lane on the western portion. Closing this lane and turning it into part of the park allowed this piece of public space to be stitched back into the city.
image from Hapa Collaborative