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#121 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 25 February 2017 - 04:28 PM

Another look at an urban oasis. This time the Atrium building in downtown Victoria. http://www.sidewalki...m-building.html

 

Have read and let me know if you think there is another similar spot downtown. 

 

That's good, G-man.  I agree the Atrium is cool, and more people ought to know you can just walk in.


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Posted 18 March 2017 - 07:00 PM

New post up tonight. Have a look at some of the amazing urban art in North Park. I think that through some work with the City would could make this a destination for the art alone! 

 

http://www.sidewalki...north-park.html


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#123 G-Man

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Posted 09 April 2017 - 09:59 AM

I am sure that fellow Vibrant Victorians will enjoy this look at the turnaround of the 500 block of Pandora. Hopefully something that will be replicated elsewhere in the city!

 

http://www.sidewalki...l-of-lower.html


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#124 G-Man

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Posted 22 April 2017 - 05:58 PM

Sidewalking Victoria is back with another travel post. This time I visit Point Roberts, Washington. Let me know if you have ever been there and what you thought! http://www.sidewalki...washington.html


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Posted 29 April 2017 - 08:16 AM

Sidewalking Victoria takes on that often neglected place, Pioneer Square in my latest post. Let me know if you some ideas to help enliven the square.

http://www.sidewalki...square.html?m=1
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#126 Nparker

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Posted 29 April 2017 - 08:34 AM

How about some sort of covered gazebo or canopy space large enough for several benches to allow people to enjoy the view of the park even during inclement weather.

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It would need to be open enough to discourage illicit activity, which of course is already a reason Pioneer Square is underutilized. Perhaps we could just "borrow" the design of the pergola from Seattle's Pioneer Square.
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I also like fountains in parks. I find the sound of running water to be soothing.


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Posted 29 April 2017 - 02:54 PM

I think a gazebo would be great. Some nice old fashioned wrought iron fencing would be nice too. Fountain could be challenging as it would require digging down which could uncover more remains. 


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#128 thundergun

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 08:43 AM

I think some picnic tables would do wonders. If you want to eat lunch or sit with more than one other person, a bench isn't ideal.

And some covered spaces when the weather is poor - agreed that a gazebo would be great. 



#129 Rob Randall

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 09:09 AM

 Some nice old fashioned wrought iron fencing would be nice too.

 

 

During the revitalization discussions I seem to recall the subject of fencing coming up and the thought was it would not be good to enclose the park. The present system where you can exit and enter at any point was thought to be a benefit.



#130 aastra

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 09:48 AM

I'd say this space should be 100% an urban square, no apologies. More wrought iron, nicer surfaces on the walkways, a really manicured look overall, curbs along the edges of the grassy areas so you don't get those worn fringes, etc.

 

Victorians are often fretting about adding more parks and green spaces but methinks the focus should be on making the existing spaces better. Plenty of spaces already exist. If people aren't using them or have never really used them to their potential then try to address the reasons why. G-Man's point re: too much wet grass is a good one.


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#131 G-Man

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 01:23 PM

^ Thanks Aastra. I agree on the making the current stock better rather than continuing to add to them. Imagine if we were taking the money applied to the S Curve park and focus that on 2 or three parks near downtown? They could be amazing places. 

 

The grass thing really irks me. Almost as much as when people want to have areas left wild in a city. A park should be there as a place of escape and relaxation for humans not cougars near the city. 


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#132 Greg

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 02:13 PM

Victorians are often fretting about adding more parks and green spaces but methinks the focus should be on making the existing spaces better. Plenty of spaces already exist. If people aren't using them or have never really used them to their potential then try to address the reasons why. G-Man's point re: too much wet grass is a good one.


Compare Fisherman's Wharf Park before and after the renovations for a great example.
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#133 G-Man

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 02:37 PM

That is a great example. It could still have a bit more hard surface but overall it complements the vibrant use of the wharf now whereas before no one went there. 


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#134 G-Man

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 11:11 AM

I have a new post up on Sidewalking Victoria. It is about a traffic sign and why it says so much about the problems with our neighbourhood borders.

http://www.sidewalki...urhood.html?m=1

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#135 G-Man

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Posted 27 May 2017 - 08:02 PM

Well I solved the reason for our housing prices. Not enough houses! Have a read though the statistics are pretty interesting.

http://www.sidewalki...ly-home-in.html

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 07:38 PM

Finally got around to publishing my post on my trip to New York City. Have a read and let me know what you think. There is a lot Victoria can learn from this place.

http://www.sidewalki...g-new-york.html
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#137 RFS

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 07:49 PM

You say Victoria could learn from NYCs small narrow streets but you fail to mention NY has massive, fast automotive freeways connecting the city that would never fly in vic

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 08:11 PM

I am not talking about about the macro city but the neighbourhoods. Of course we need arterials and highways but there is no need for streets in North Park to have side streets the size of four Lane roads. Make it one way on say North Park Street and Balmoral and you could keep the same parking not interrupt traffic flow and still widen sidewalks.

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#139 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 08:18 PM

Balmoral is ridiculous, I've stated that before.  We could build 300 new rentals right there easy.  Free land.


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Posted 16 June 2017 - 08:32 PM

So true. There is one side street in James Bay is even wider.

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