We’re all familiar with the stories of Russian oligarchs buying up mansions in London, but this is a much broader phenomenon. A torrent of capital from wealthy people in emerging markets—from China, above all, but also from Latin America, Russia, and the Middle East—has flowed into the real-estate markets of big cities in other countries, driving up prices and causing a luxury-construction boom. ... The globalization of real estate upends some of our basic assumptions about housing prices. We expect them to reflect local fundamentals—above all, how much people earn. In a truly global market, that may not be the case.
James Surowiecki writing in the New Yorker on the rise of a truly global market in real estate
posted by Jasper Friendly Bear
on May 25, 2014 -
Restaurant is a lovely new restaurant in Vancouver. Located across the street one of the most challenged parks
(Pigeon Park) in Vancouver's notorious Downtown Eastside
. For some, it's a welcome addtion to the local dining scene. To others, it's a poke in the eye of the poor and disadvantaged living in possibly the worst neighbourhood in Canada and they want to put a stop
. [more inside]
posted by helmutdog
on Feb 21, 2013 -
Our study, “Bicyclists’ Injuries and the Cycling Environment” (the BICE Study), examined which route types are associated with higher and lower cycling injury risk
. It examined the association between bicyclists’ injuries and the cycling environment (e.g., route types, intersection types). Taking place in Toronto and Vancouver between May 2008 and November 2009, the participants were adults who were injured while bicycling and who attended hospital emergency departments for treatment. Five hospitals recruited participants, 690 in total. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on Oct 31, 2012 -
Vancouver aims to "end homelessness by 2015".
Officials have been working over the years to reduce the city’s homelessness, and in July passed an ambitious plan that targets eliminating street homelessness by 2015 and creating nearly 40,000 new units of social, rental, and condo housing by 2021.
The plan is aimed at building multiple types of housing to address shortages, but the first three years focus mainly on supportive and social housing. It calls for 3,650 units of such housing, 1,700 of which are already funded and in either the planning or construction phase. According to city councilor Kerry Jang, the need for this type of supportive housing has skyrocketed in recent years.
posted by modernnomad
on Oct 24, 2011 -
This is how it will happen. Let’s pick a day: June 22, 2012. It’s a gorgeous Friday afternoon in the Pacific Northwest, 75 degrees and sunny. It’s been raining for weeks, and in Seattle the freeways are jammed with people fleeing the city to enjoy the rare sunshine. Same story in Portland. Out on the coast, the beach towns are thrumming with tourists.
How a monster earthquake and resulting tsunami would affect the coast and cities of the Pacific NW.
posted by jontyjago
on Aug 26, 2011 -
What would a pro sports playoff drive be without a fan-written tribute song? For those anticipating Game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs tonight, here for your enjoyment is Canucks Waleyan Ne
, a Bhangra song written by members of Vancouver's large South Asian community. English lyrics available here
(pdf), pasted below the fold for your convenience. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul
on Jun 15, 2011 -
"A short film
chronicling the legendary Johnny Canuck, his years of triumph and turmoil, and how they mirror the history of the Vancouver Canucks franchise and their Stanley Cup run in 2010-2011." [SLYT] [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke
on Jun 9, 2011 -
The Complaints Choir
phenomenon, started by the Finnish artists Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, has spread all over the world
since last we paid it any attention
, from Birmingham
, St. Petersburg
, Penn State
, Gabriola Island
, Hong Kong
Arizona State University
, Washington, DC
, Horace Mann School
, Durham-Chapel Hill
, Toronto theatre students
), St. Pölten
, Port Coquitlam
, Ústí nad Labem
). For more information, including a 9 step guide to forming your own complaints choir
, go to the Complaints Choir website
. Finally, here's the Singapore Complaints Choir
, whose performance was banned by the Singapore government.
posted by Kattullus
on Nov 19, 2010 -
Want to get to that town in the next state on the cheap? Sure, there's Greyhound, but it's hardly a bargain at $32 for a journey from Seattle to Portland. When you really need to save the cash, use Epic Transit Journeys
wiki to plot your route entirely on local transit carriers, allowing you to get to Stumptown
for only $11.50 and a paltry five transfers. For a truly epic journey, cross international borders for the trip to Vancouver, BC
, which includes a lovely 2.9 mi stroll across the border. Oran Viriyincy's travelogue of this trip
includes lots of photos of buses and trains, and the border official's shocked reaction.
posted by grouse
on Nov 9, 2010 -
Bloodied but Unbowed
"... chronicles, for the first time anywhere, the late 1970's/early 1980's Vancouver punk rock scene. The documentary tells a tale of rebellion and music — a fiercely independent scene created from nothing."
The full documentary can be seen here
posted by squeak
on Oct 12, 2010 -