via The Mainlander:
On today’s agenda at City Hall sits a proposal to increase the maximum fines on 42 city by-laws by a factor of five. Among the changes are measures to levy $10,000 fines on low-income people for sleeping outside, jaywalking, and engaging in “illegal” street vending of recycled wares, a crime councillor Kerry Jang recently called “unacceptable behavior.” A homeless person in Vancouver already gets a minimum $1,000 fine for erecting a tent in public (under the illegal Structures By-law covered by The Mainlander here, here and here), but the new revisions propose extending that punitive logic to all aspects of daily life.
I have written about poor-bashing and anti-homelessness laws a lot before but this just adds to incredulity. City Hall is actually considering INCREASING a fine the homeless already can't pay to 10 000$. Seriously.
How STUPID is this idea?
Sunday, 20 January 2013
via The Mainlander:
I was travelling through Argentina and saw, for the first time, a little "tree cozy" (at least that is what I called it at the time). I discovered that it's actually a thing and called "Yarn Bombing"
Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, yarnstorming,guerrilla knitting, urban knitting or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crochetedyarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.
Occidental Enclave: A community for White people who celebrate their privilege.
So every now and then I come across terrible websites that I must report. I found this site: Occidental Enclave: A community for Ethnic Westerners- "Ethnocultural Identity and Preservation"
It is the kind of website where White people can find other White people to complain about how equity-informed practices like affirmative action or NON-colonial teaching.
As you may not know, I am particularly interested in Critical Race Theory. I found this thread through a pedestrian search.
"It is critical race theory that is racist and heinous"
sorry, I could not find that comment more laughable.
The article that spurred on this ridiculous thread was discussing Critical Race Theory informing grade school curriculum. The article itself is far from balanced but worth a look: "Public high school in Wisconsin indoctrinates students in 'white privilege'."
Ok, so let me teach these White supremacists on a quick lesson:
Colonialism in the Americas happened.
Colonialism involved European (as we understand as White-ethnic today) people killing Indigenous people.
White-Europeans claimed the Americas as their own BY subjecting Indigenous people to violence.
White people NOW call them selves "Americans" and have constructed an education system which teaches a particular story of how "Americans" conquered a lowly, primitive people (the Indigenous).
White people continue to teach that THEY are the ones that have saved the Americas and THEY are the ones that have shed the light of "modernity" for other savages (both Indigenous and People of Colour)
White people have constructed, for themselves, a privileged position in a racial hierarchy THROUGH violence against Indigenous people and People of Colour.
Critical Race Theory teaches those facts and demonstrates how it MIGHT not be so factual, moral or right to teach Indigenous children that it was BEST that they were exterminated on their own land by White people just because they had Guns, Germs and Steel.
Curriculum up until today has taught us half-truths from a privileged class of people who need to defend their status by justifying why it was, and continues to be, okay to inflict violence onto racialized others to maintain privilege.
Critical race theory teaches the truth.
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Friday, 11 January 2013
City restaurateurs - some of them, anyway - are disenchanted with the proliferation and popularity of food carts, those Meals on Wheels for foodies. The restaurateurs claim the carts are eating into their profits. They say the carts have an unfair advantage because they haven't the overhead restaurants do and they don't pay property taxes.
So they want a moratorium on them. The head of the B.C. Restaurant and Foodservices Association, Ian Tosten-son, demanded that Vancouver city council stop its plans over the next two years to issue up to 30 more food-cart permits - augmenting the hundred or so carts already in operation.
Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Food+fight+Some+hard+cheese+with+your+whine/7800008/story.html#ixzz2HgAeRvUe
For a long time we complained that all we had were hot dogs. And then we got Japadog which, really people, is just a hot dog with different shit on it. But at least Japadog helped open our eyes to wanting more in our "world class city" and inspired a call out for more food trucks. There are now dozens of food vendors downtown, at least 6 of which I would jump at the chance to have my 7th meal of the day, and now restaurateurs are poo pooing on it.
How about they stop complaining and realize that food trucks offer a completely different market. Perhaps restaurants have lost a little initial business with the novelty of the new competition. But once niches and tastes have set in we have the opportunity for BOTH to thrive.
Instead of complaining why don't restaurants take advantage of the food cart idea.
In Toronto, many restaurants ALSO opted for a food cart presence once food trucks were the new craze. These restaurants got mobile exposure and undoubtedly, new customers flocked to the restaurants like Marben and Beast. Vij's in Vancouver knows what it's all about- a successful restaurant uptown and a crazy busy food cart downtown.
The success can also go the other way with food carts finding so much fame that they open their own locations. JapaDog opened their small storefront on Robson and Seymour and people flocked.
So dear Restaurateurs,
Sunday, 15 August 2010
Gone are the days when you have to trawl through Wikipedia and scores of architecture blogs to reliably research a building online. OpenBuildings.com is the Web site architecture geeks like me have been waiting for: it aims to collect everything there is to know about individual buildings into one mega-resource. Even better, the information is crowdsourced, Wikipedia-style. Readers can submit buildings to the site and upload images, additional information, or even their own opinions.
This last feature is the key difference between Wikipedia and this site. Wikipedia tends to be long on technical information and short on architectural criticism. A typical page on OpenBuildings, on the other hand, has all the basic information you might need—contractors, materials, costs, etc.—but it also has the potential to gather opinions, in the form of user reviews as well as links to articles by professional architecture critics. The site is still in its infancy, so there is little of this discourse so far. But I can’t wait for people to start uploading things like, “I work in this building, and the staircase sucks!”
Some other features are still works in progress, such as a publications tab where users can build a list of books about a building, by linking to the books’ Amazon pages. And I am very distracted by a bar at the bottom of the page where the site’s algorithm suggests “Similar Buildings.” I spent a long time pondering the similarities between New York’s Grand Central Terminal and Jean Nouvel’s National Museum of Qatar.
The site is clearly laid out, easy to search, and slowly building up a following. An iPhone app is also on the way, so you will soon be able to read about a building while you’re standing in front of it. If it takes off, OpenBuildings.com could not only revolutionize walking tours but also bring a breath of fresh, crowdsourced air to architectural discourse.
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