Some SLOW signs are appearing around the neighbourhood. I noticed the first ones on Laurel, and then on Primrose: I think they are well intentioned. It will be interesting to see if they work. The City filmed some of the … Continue reading Signs good and bad
Apparently, DIY Decks aren’t the only infrastructures that can be disasters. At the corner of Preston and Laurel a little apartment building infill is almost complete. Landscaping is underway. And soon, I suspect, to be torn up and redone at … Continue reading DIY Sidewalk Disaster
Parks in the old urban neighbourhoods like the west side are often quite small. The one on Elm Street is fairly typical. It is a bit-larger-than-normal pocket park installed when some houses burned down. A few years ago it was … Continue reading From Parking to Parks, a nascent trend?
West Wellington in Hintonburg is a traditional main street (TMS). The community design plan allows for new buildings up to six stories “as of right” along the active shopping and commercial street. It also permits taller structures, upon application, at … Continue reading Another distinctive landmark?
This week yet another community will appear before Transportation Committee asking for STOP signs to slow speeding traffic and make neighbourhood intersections safer. Asking for STOP signs is a tactical error, as it shifts the debate from the road safety … Continue reading Non-stop traffic calming
I like to tell my wife — a mathematician — there are three types of people. Those who can count, and those who can’t. I am among the mathematically challenged. Arithmetic I’m OK with. And I like facts and figures … Continue reading Model apartments and parking
Whatever is happening recently, we have a habit of extrapolating indefinitely into the future. But circumstances change, and what was true before is not necessarily true in the future. Consider the trope: “tiny condo”. If I had a dollar every … Continue reading Return of the large apartment