Vancouver past & future

Naming Vancouver(British Columbia): History of the two Vancouvers

How did Vancouver get its name. The standard answer does not explain the intense battle and the emotions it aroused. The papers of Lord Strathcona might have given an answer but they were destroyed by his family. There were lots of reasons why Americans, Victorians, Reformers and others found the standard answer the least objectionable.

Vancouver’s Three Cities: A History

Living in Vancouver you might not know it is actually an amalgamation of three cities. Their distinctive cultures survive today. This video has some highlights of this history. In deciding on future development and density, perhaps we should respect this past. Kumtuks is a video blog that shares knowledge and explores new narratives.

Living in Gunter’s World: Metro Vancouver Urban Planning History(British Columbia)

How was Metro Vancouver laid out? The Fraser Valley suburbs or Lower Mainland of British Columbia urban planning is unlike older cities in the world in that we know who made the decisions and why. Look at the maps of these cities. The straight and perpendicular lines at times defied natural features.

Political Factions in Early Vancouver: Politics, Race, Labour, Elections, Mayor Campaigns

Before the evolution of political parties in Vancouver, politicians organized themselves in loose political factions. These were related to earlier political factions that developed in Victoria. James Douglas was part black, married to an aboriginal wife and was head of the Honourable Hudson Bay Company, which was the legal government in British Columbia.

Vancouver Race Riot: Labour Day Week 1907

The Vancouver Race Riot of 1907 happened during the visit of US Labor Leader AE Fowler. He led the Seattle Labor Day parade and two days later went to Bellingham where he incited white workers to expel 250 Sikhs who were working in the mill.

Three Waves Urban Reform: BC and Vancouver History

The story of urban reform in Canada can be understood in terms of waves. Here are some highlights of how Vancouver, Victoria, New Westminster and other BC cities were affected. British Columbia and Vancouver history can be better understood through this analysis. Kumtuks is a video blog that shares knowledge and explores new narratives.

First Wave Urban Reform: Planning history in British Columbia and Vancouver

The Municipal Reform Act of 1835 initiated by Earl Grey brought cities in the UK into the modern world. This reform wave hit Canada in the form of the Baldwin Act of 1849 which set the standard for all Canadian cities. Kumtuks is a video blog that shares knowledge and explores new narratives.

Second Wave Urban Reform: Planning history in British Columbia and Vancouver

The Progressive Movement arose in the late 1800s in the US. It was a reaction against the corruption and incompetence that came out of earlier democratic reforms. Science, technology and professionals were revolutionizing life; people were hopeful about applying these to civic government. Kumtuks is a video blog that shares knowledge and explores new narratives.

Third Wave Urban Reform: Planning History in British Columbia and Vancouver

The emphasis on technology and professionals arising out of the Second Wave was not the panacea hoped for. Citizen groups pushed back against experts in Canada’s Third Wave of urban reform. Kumtuks is a video blog that shares knowledge and explores new narratives. Some quotes and descriptors have been adjusted for clarity and brevity.

Urban Density: Urban planning and sprawl in British Columbia and Vancouver

In the 1970s, British Columbia cities adopted policies and processes to resist densification. As Mayor of Vancouver I started the EcoDensity Initiative to counter these. Only cities have the mandate to permit the density needed to reduce house prices and environmental degradation.

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