Newton’s Third Law Roundup
According to Newton’s Third Law, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. In urban planning, for every action there is also a reaction; it’s usually opposite but rarely equal. Sometimes the backlash for an action is bigger than the action itself.
The downtown arena plans were approved by council. Gordon Kent from the Journal has a good summation of what’s included in the deal and what it costs. There’s still no provision for how cost overruns will be paid for, which somehow got Jedi hand-waved away. CTV wondered aloud where the missing $114m will come from. So did the Journal. The Copper & Blue blog wondered what else $550m could have bought the city. Yeah, we’ve been wondering that since early 2011 too. Even people from far-off Ontario think the City got a terrible deal. Meanwhile, Northlands is planning to continue running Rexall Place (hint: it probably won’t be called that anymore) as a concert and event venue. The Sun thinks they might come out ahead.
The names for the five LRT lines that will someday cross the city were announced yesterday—the Capital Line, Metro Line, Energy Line, Valley Line, and Festival Line. Some folks weren’t fans. Here’s a map of all the proposed routes.
Metro’s Terence Harding thinks the proposed funicular for the river valley should carry bikes to make commuting easier. I agree, but first maybe we should focus on allowing bikes on the LRT during commuting hours.
The good folks from M.A.D.E. in Edmonton are putting on a design party & info session for the Petrolia Mall on Saturday from 1–4pm.
The residential infill zoning changes for mature neighbourhoods are going to Executive Committee on February 11. According to Elise Stolte at the Journal they’ve made a change regarding the contentious front-garage issue though.
Check out the fancy concrete roof on the new Jasper Place Library.
The City will buy the three properties that fell into the river way back in 1999.
There will be a new low-income housing facility right in the middle of downtown if the developer can get past some of the paperwork involved.
When 112th Avenue is rebuilt it will have four lanes, like it does now, if the Transportation Department gets its way. Some folks were hoping it would be reduced to one lane each way with a turn lane in the middle. This issue will be debated by Transportation Committee on Mar 13.
Capilano Mall, which I said two weeks ago will be partially demolished for to allow some restructuring, apparently tried to demolish itself this week. There was a small fire caused by a faulty ceiling fan.
If you’ve ever wanted to live in a net-zero house, here’s your chance to give it a try: the Mill Creek NetZero House will be available for rent starting in July.
Here’s a hilariously ignorant column by the Calgary Herald’s Naomi Lakritz basically whining about the recent focus on walkability in urban design. We never said you had to walk everywhere, we’re just suggesting maybe you don’t have to drive everywhere either.
A sociologist from Calgary thinks long commutes in that city and Edmonton could be behind Albertans’ rising stress levels.
Montreal doubled the tax rates on surface parking lots in an attempt to get developments built there instead.
Tweet of The Week
— Thomas Lukaszuk (@LukaszukMLA) January 29, 2013
Tweet of The Week Before
The only other time the Oilers scored a 10-3 win was Dec 27, 1981 vs the LA Kings. Let’s see if this arena deal gives them good karma vs LA.
— Mark Connolly (@MarkConnollyCBC) January 23, 2013
I thought my Oilers/arena joke was pretty good but then Mark took the prize.