TweetSteve Barber joined the Victoria planning department just around the time a significant block in the downtown core was being razed for a new shopping centre. He worked for decades to ensure the next generation could enjoy the vision of an earlier generation.
GVHA has been creating affordable housing for 60 years and now more than ever the challenge is dealing with stereotypes of who needs affordable housing. All that and really expensive land too.
Most of us can accept that we have blind spots which can taint our processes and lead to bad decision making. This week we explore what it would be like to understand that and approach issues understanding your opinion may be wrong.
TweetRobazzo pride themselves on re-purposing stuff in creative ways, so of course Eric asked them what they would do to change the way Victoria uses their old by-laws in a more cool, groovy way. Drop the Ego, says Lisa.
Why is it good information leads to very little action. Why does the fact government can SAVE $33,000 per person they “house” seem to create more charities to help the homeless, rather than getting politicians off their ass doing shit that counts. You and me people, you and me.
TweetGovernment: what is it good for? Kalen Harris, poli sci guy and man-about-town, lays out the responsibilities of each layer of government so we can better appreciate what to expect and from whom.
Eric doesn’t like eggs but he does love waffles, and eggs are integral to waffles. Eric doesn’t like casinos, but he does love economic development and the idea that one use can be the catalyst for many more. You don’t have to like roads to understand that they can get you to where you want to go.
TweetMotivation is everything or nothing. Most books on success suggest understanding your why so the what and how follow suit. This week I ask Lisa and Gene WHY they moved to Victoria. Their answers are revealing.
Bill Brown oversaw the development of Whistler Village as Head of Planning during the Olympic Games development process and then came to the Island to help Esquimalt out. He handled the RFP to develop the Esquimalt Town Hall site with mixed uses, plus a library. Bill helps us get our head around what a motivated planning department looks like.
TweetKeith Jones joins again as we explore how politicians and stakeholders can set up a process which achieves the right thing for the greater good, rather than enable the dysfunction for lack of backbone.