Posts tagged yxe
Posts tagged yxe
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign. Downtown #yxe.
I’ve always wanted to see Venice in spring. #yxe is trying her best.
Cities like Berkeley, Arlington and Cambridge experienced something different. Even as they cut back on surface parking, the number of people and jobs climbed upward, as did incomes. Less parking in these places has meant the urban fabric can be stitched back together and there is more space for shops, restaurants, jobs and other things that make cities great. More importantly, the parking isn’t needed. People own cars at higher rates, but they don’t use them as much. Instead, they live close to the urban core where upwards of 30 percent walk or bike to work.
Saskatoon still has not figured out this concept. The car is god here, leaving us with longer and longer commutes, a downtown wasteland of parking lots, and detached and isolated citizens who don’t know their neighbours.
It is true that our transit sucks and our winters are cold. But let’s have a radical vision, that really isn’t all that radical, because many, many other cities have already figured it out. More roads does not equal less traffic. Cities should not be built for cars but for people.
Solutions to use the South Saskatchewan River all year long in Saskatoon:
The new St. Petersburg Pier - a.k.a. The Lens
I’ll give them this - it looks gorgeous in theory. But if you guys only knew the shitstorm this thing has stirred up around here. There’s no way this ends well.
Love the feeling of being on a cruise ship but need to be home for dinner with the rest of the ex-pat retirees? Try the new $50 million St. Petersburg Pier.
Other ideas for the St. Petersburg Pier included a hot wheels track - which 8-year-old me loves, but semi-adult me hates with a passion.
Around 75% of the world’s population will live in cities within 40 years. Almost all of this population growth will happen in the developing world, with 4.6 billion people projected to live in already rapidly growing cities. How will these cities in the developing world cope socially, environmentally and economically with such accelerated urbanisation?
Future Proofing Cities assesses the risks from mega cities like Bangkok to smaller cities such as Zaria in Africa. It looks at their risk profile from climate hazards, resource scarcities, and damage to ecosystems and urges action now to future proof against these risks.
This report provides a fresh approach to the urgent issues arising from rapid urbanisation. It assesses the environmental risks facing cities in an integrated way and identifies more than 100 practical policy options that are most relevant and will be of most benefit to people living in different types of cities.
The report is set against a growing awareness of the need for increased funding for infrastructure development in developing countries at the city level.
Like, hello Saskatoon!
Every year it’s going to snow. So it’s going to snow in your little cul-de-sacs and every year you won’t be able to get out. And every year the snow plows will only come by after they’ve done the eleventeen million other roads because you wanted to live in the freakin’ new new suburbs.
And therefore we need new bridges to get you to your new new suburb. But the old ones are literally rusting away. So maybe some more money for infrastructure, you think? Yes, you’ll have to raise my taxes, but my golly, I’ll gonna like it. Hell it may cause me to even vote for you.
Like raise my taxes and I’d still vote for you? That is a freakin’ political pickup line! Time to own up to your sadistic political-selves city council and do something we’re all going to enjoy in the end.
This is what gave me hope this week. A documentary about making life better for those who are often marginalized. And best part is, is that it is about a local Saskatoon care home, Sherbrooke.
But excuse me, someone seems to be cutting onions near me.
Why is Ms. Brown in the M&M commercials clearly Caucasian? Is this only in #yxe or is she white everywhere? (Taken with instagram)
—Wendy Cooper (from her blog)
Everyday this job tests me. I keep trying to rise to the challenge and sometimes the only reason I keep my head on straight is because I would be too embarrassed to lose it in front of someone else. Friday was one of those days and it was Wendy who was there with me, helping treat a client with love and care when we were dealing with things that will probably give me nightmares for months.
Why am I, the PR girl, helping care for clients? Because the need is great. And the systems that are supposed to help our clients just don’t work for them.
For example, home care doesn’t like to bathe our tenants because their rooms are too smokey. Home care asks clients not to smoke in their homes for a couple of hours before they come, but that is really hard for people who have mobility issues. Home care schedules visits in a one hour time frame, and then the tenant doesn’t want to just sit around and wait for them, goes out for a smoke and misses the appointment. They miss 2 appointments and home care gives up.
I know the perception of people living in poverty is that they are lazy, but working at the Lighthouse has proved that is anything but the case. When money is very tight everything has to be carefully planned. Using the bus is expensive & time consuming, walking is cheap but time consuming (especially with a physical disability), taking a taxi is very expensive but sometimes necessary to go to places where the bus doesn’t go (Saskatoon transit is horrible).
So I guess the reason why I try to help is because I know their life is very hard. And while I try to influence the powers that be to make their life better, that also means getting my hands dirty where no one else will.
(Except for Wendy Cooper-God bless that woman.)