Coordinated Traffic Signals

View Timmy’s Run in a larger map Driving down Columbia Avenue in Castlegar, one cannot help but wonder if the…

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The Changing Face of Society as Fuel Prices Rise

Christopher Steiner is one of a number of recent authors who have considered the future of everything from cars, Walmart, delivery services and the suburbs as the price of oil based fuels increase.

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Shipping Returns to the Columbia River

Having missed the most exciting transportation and engineering event on the Columbia River for 2009. I’ll resort to relying on other people’s accounts of the journey. As an aside, this is an example of the use of traditional transportation methods in BC, a province of lakes, rivers and large mountain ranges. Last century there were even train barges on the lakes around here, as the steep shorelines prevented easy access for rail.

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First Nations Bridges of BC

The native population of British Columbia, collectively known today as the First Nations battled many of the same challenges we face today as communities in this great wilderness. The mountains, rivers, snow and spring freshet all made travel and transportation a challenge, and in many communities, still do. It is not uncommon to hear of commuities cut off by rock slides, avalanches, ice jams or flood waters in the late winter, early spring months. We don’t often think about what life was like before roads and cars, and we especially can’t imagine life without horses, carts and farm animals. But life as a native before the arrival of white man was not as simplistic as many of us would believe.

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Starting the Transition

I have been writing here on UrbanWorkbench for over two and a half years now. I’ve grown a lot through this time, my ideas are more solidified, the role of technology in the future of urban planning, society and engineering is somewhat clearer in my mind than ever before, and most importantly, I know there is a community of people in Castlegar who are committed to sustainability as more than just a catchword or a set of actions we take to keep our quality of life.

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