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 […]

The Future of Potholes

It’s around this time of year that the potholes start to open up again around the Kootenays and probably must of  North America. These troublesome portals into the underworld appear most commonly either; at points of high stress in the road surface, or at points of structural weakness that are exploited by water. With the […]

Castlegar Water Management Plan

In light of the recent decision of Castlegar Council to keep utility rates static for 2011, I’ve posted below copies of the Water Management Plan reports that were completed in March and June of 2009. These reports outline a planned $66 Million cost over 20 years on water infrastructure. As far as I know, there […]

Brilliant Bridge

This weekend has been a series of rainy fall days, the mist and cloud cover punctuated with brief downpours and temperatures hovering around 14 degrees. During one of the breaks in the rain we got out for a quick walk on the recently restored Brilliant Bridge, built by the Doukhobors in 1913 for $60,000, and […]

Peak Oil Vignette 6 – A Trip into Town

Jude stood on the simple wooden train platform, it was just long enough to accommodate a family of four, and just high enough to allow a father to hoist his children into the carriage doorway. Little more was needed, these days there weren’t more than a handful of families living in this remote extension of […]

Shape Vancouver – Is It All Hot Air?

The video on the front page of ShapeVancouver.com suggests that by increasing the City’s density there would be significant environmental benefits. However, a recent article on Planetizen from Dr. Tony Recsei suggests that these claimed facts may not have empirical support…

Google Street View Now in the Kootenays

The Street View is only available on the Highways throughout the West Kootenays, but in larger centres such as Kelowna, Spokane, WA and Cranbrook, (as well as all the big cities), all streets have been photographed and input into the software.

The Future of Infrastructure?

We speak in very real terms about the state of infrastructure deficit we find ourselves in as a nation and as municipalities, and scratch our heads as we wonder how we are going to possibly find the money to complete all of the upgrades or renewal required. Charles Hughes Smith, the author of Survival+: Structuring Prosperity for […]