DeeAnn Marie

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Cars and Robust Cities Are Fundamentally Incompatable

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.

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Raise my civic taxes, please

In short, we’re hypocrites. We want a different kind of city, but won’t make the hard choices needed to create one. We want five-star service at two-star rates. And still we complain because the residential snow removal strategy is called “April.”

Wasn’t I just saying this?

Go to a small urban park in a densely populated European city and notice how many people are there playing chess, watching their kids, kicking a soccer ball around.

When not used for organized sports, our parks are empty, designed to look at, not use.

A great urban environment doesn’t need vast expanses of green space. It needs better people-oriented space. But if we’re going to keep it the way it is, let’s at least pay enough to make it work.

Go ahead, council: raise my taxes. Make my day. Really.

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.

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Future Proofing Cities

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.

(via poptech)

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p. 366 is the letter expressing concern about the Islamic centre. Hoo. Apparently the “Islamic children” were running and shouting on the street at 10-11 pm. Also her letter got a little garbled but basically she doesn’t like living beside the Islamic Centre since they celebrate Ramadan and killed her trees. Anyways there are some snazzy accompanying photographs, including license plates and suspicious parking activity. Obviously the City needs to take action immediately by approving a Youth Care Home to move into the neighbourhood.

Oh wow, they’ve excerpted the bylaws as well. I was wondering why this section was so long, and feared that the Broadway 360 plan was going to make a rather unwelcome re-re-re-appearance.

Some more diagrams drawn up by the helpful neighbours on how the Islamic Centre can rearrange its parking lot.

Annnnd a petition.

I have a modest proposal for the neighbours of the Islamic Cultural Centre. According to an earlier letter writer, when in Rome, one must do as the Romans do or move out. So, as I see it, she has two options:

1. Move out.
2. Do as the Romans do.

Now, the City has agreed that, indeed yes, this desecration and secularization of society has gone on too long. We must all stop this farce called “multiculturalism” and worship the One True God. Therefore, they have settled on Islam as the official religion of Saskatoon. True, Islam does not have as long of a history in this province as other religions, but it makes sense for the City budget – there’s an entire month that the City is not obligated to provide meal breaks for workers or refreshments at daytime meetings. I imagine this will lead to a widespread increase in the budget surplus. Also, the Muslim diet is healthy and prohibits the consumption of alcohol, which will save the Saskatoon Police Service millions of dollars, not to mention the attendant benefits to local business owners, families, and college students. All these and many more show why the Islamic faith is a good fit for the City of Saskatoon. I know not all citizens will be pleased with this decision, which is why I also propose that Regina be designated a Christian city, with Davidson as the place of pilgrimage for both faiths. There, Muslims and Christians can come together and fight over who gets to use the A&W bathrooms.

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