Fakery on the Subways

A pair of raids at MTA locker rooms in the past week have turned up evidence that subway workers are continuing the widespread practice of faking signal inspections. So begins a piece over at Transportation Nation… …authorities opened a locker in a crew room at the Times Square subway station and found hundreds of photo-copied […]

Castlegar Dims the Streetlights

Castlegar, a rural City in the Kootenay Region of British Columbia (and our home) is getting smart street lights. “The City of Castlegar is pleased to be the first city in Canada to totally commit to a complete transformation of all of its streetlights to the Adaptive Street Light Management System and moving ahead with its strategy […]

Municipal Risk Management

A recent BC court case confirmed my belief that inadequate design should not be managed with "cover your ass" signage. Some of the quotes below serve as an excellent case study for understanding the relationship between a municipal engineering design, the designer and the municipality regarding safety and risk management. The case, Lovely v Kamloops […]

Boring Playgrounds

“There is an overemphasis on brightly coloured equipment, an over-preoccupation with safety and far too little thought and time paid to making them playful, interesting places that adults will want to spend time in, as well as children.” ‘Boring’ playgrounds stifle children’s creativity – Telegraph. I get all the play module manufacturers’ catalogs at work […]