Posts Tagged:Downtown

City Pics: Brussels (again)

When I recently went to Brussels for a short business trip, I also had the opportunity to (again) explore Belgium’s (Europe’s) capital on a Sunday afternoon. The city that’s famous for chocolate and fries also offers beautiful buildings, a compact, walkable downtown, good public transit and bikeshare systems and many “sticky” streets with loads of…

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The Romance and Reality of Urban Food

Two weeks ago, SFU City Conversations featured an emotional debate on Port Metro Vancouver’s Deltaport expansion plans on farmers’ fields protected by the Agricultural Land Reserve. As in this debate, the aspects of local food production and food security were also central issues in today’s City Conversation on “The Romance and Reality of Urban Food”.…

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Vancouver Urban Forum: Let’s talk density!

Yesterday, I visited the Vancouver Urban Forum which was hosted by the Global Civic Policy Society and its Centre for Fourth Wave Urban Reform that were both founded by Vancouver’s former mayor Sam Sullivan. 20 urban thinkers including Edward Glaeser, Alan Broadbent, Gil Penalosa or Bill Rees discussed the topic of “Fourth wave urban reform:…

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Jane’s Walk: Exploring your urban neighbourhood

Since 2007 thousands of people meet each year on the first weekend of May to remember the urban thinker, activist and writer Jane Jacobs and to explore their neighbourhood by walking together. Starting in Toronto, the Jane’s walk phenomenon has now spread across North America and the whole world, with more than 600 walks in 85 cities in 19…

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