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I should point out the obvious, that Vancouver is the homogeneity exception in that list, with half the population being non-white. http://bit.ly/28Pggp Agree with Engineer Scotty regarding Hong Kong. Was lucky enough to live there for a year back in 2000. But they have a serious air pollution problem now. The HK government is trying, but a lot of it is out of their control ~ due to neighboring Shenzhen, China.
Toggle Commented Jul 2, 2010 on livable-cities-list blues at Human Transit
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@ Business - not sure where you got that $600 million figure. The figure I see is $458 million for the roof and BC place upgrades. I have seen that $6 billion figure. Its been floating around in anti olympic circles since early 2009(?). But that includes the Canada line construction, the sea to sky highway construction ($4 billion for those). And at any rate they have already been constructed and budgeted for. Now, a RRT system will have a price tag attached to it. But crying poverty the way you are is over the top. Compared to our Southern neighbours our fiscal situation, both Provincially and Federally, is actually pretty good. We aren't Greece, or even California. We can still afford to make investments in the future. Besides which Vancouver itself is growing very steadily. It isn't a city in decline like Cleavland OH, or Windsor Ont. Lastly, where did you get this 10 minute difference figure? It came out of thin air. No one knows for sure what the exact time differences are going to be, but at least some people try to use facts and figures to back up what they say. Paul Hillsdon for example. Take a look here: http://bit.ly/bRJR0J He took current skytrain service times, took the slowest, most conservative skytrain speed, and used it to calculate a service time down Broadway to UBC. again, look at his post here: http://bit.ly/bRJR0J The time he gets is 10 minutes. Now Jarrett Walker, on this very blog, said that Light Rail isn't much faster than a good bus service. Now the Limited-stop express bus that currently runs to UBC, the 99, takes about 30 minutes now. So using those rough figures, the time saving is 20 minutes. Not 10. And someone coming from the eastern part of the city wouldn't have to transfer. That in itself is a huge time savings. Of course, these are just educated guesses. But at least attempting to do so with numbers to back them up.
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2010 on is speed obsolete? at Human Transit
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@Ron Well okay, so buses can go around the block. But where are you going to put this: http://bit.ly/bZIP5A ~(massive lines, buses stacked unloading/loading) I say lose the Rogers store: http://bit.ly/bfQwvq
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@ Zach Shaner I Think in the end I agree with you. While I would love RRT all the way to UBC, reality is probably going to get in the way of that. Question: Say RRT gets built out down Broadway up to Arbutus or Yew St. How can a Bus interchange there be handled? They are going to need to turn around, and there needs to be enough space for all the UBC students to queue up to get on. I think the station is going to have to be pretty elaborate. Or would the Buses continue to run down to the Canada Line like they do now? Since light rail is suppose to come down the old Railroad right of way in the future, I suppose any station there will have to be elaborate in any case. Maybe the Roger's video will have to go: http://bit.ly/bfQwvq (Google Street view ~ Broadway @Arbutus railway right-of-way) Nice condos further west along Broadway though. Maybe the terminus should be at Vine Street: http://bit.ly/9D0Oc0 (google street view ~ Vine @ Broadway) hmmm...
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@ EngineerScotty Agree with you, but it is politically impossible. That area is also known as Vancouver - Point Grey. PDF -> http://bit.ly/aHvCK7 Guess who the MLA for Vancouver-Point Grey is? The Honourable Gordon Campbell himself - Premier of British Columbia.
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2010 on is speed obsolete? at Human Transit
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"[Railroads will] only encourage the common people to move about needlessly.” ~ The Duke of Wellington, 1835 An old quote, but surprisingly on topic.
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2010 on is speed obsolete? at Human Transit
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@Jarrett RE: Paterson Station [b] There is a convenience store, and coffee shop at the end of Olive ave. 300 meters away from Paterson station. Right where all those towers are clustered.[/b] Is it exactly where the station is? No. But it is right where everyone lives, next to, or under their condo towers. see it here: http://bit.ly/cOavMg And there is another little mall across the street from that, under some more towers. And as I said before, the 2nd largest mall in Canada is a couple minutes on foot down Kingsway. http://bit.ly/aQx128 Now, south of the tracks the neighbourhood is older, so there is a weird mix of single family, medium density, and towers. And if you just walk down south down Paterson Ave bordering the parkland, it matches up more with what you say. But even then, they can't be more than a 5 minute walk away from the newer north side retail. And if you wander around a bit more you can see that even this older neighbourhood has their own little convenience store. http://bit.ly/d0fz09
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2010 on is speed obsolete? at Human Transit
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Re the Paterson Station area: One stop east of Paterson is the Metrotown Mall Station. It is the 2nd biggest mall in Canada, with 470 stores including 2 large supermarkets. That might explain the lack of retail around Paterson station. BTW - Here is the area in front of Paterson station in google street view. I don't think it is that bad: http://bit.ly/9voQEx
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2010 on is speed obsolete? at Human Transit
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Regarding connecting the Millennium to the Canada Line at Olympic: Correct me if I am wrong but, didn't they already build a sort of "ready-to-go" platform at the Broadway Canada Line station? The Wikipedia site mentions something along those lines: http://bit.ly/aRngrw
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