This past summer, my wife and I took a short vacation to San Francisco. To be honest, our first impression of the city was a little bit underwhelming. Their rapid transit system was dark and gloomy (despite being efficient), there didn’t seem to be many street tree’s and the city was a bit dirty. Then […]

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I often get asked about how big the transition has been moving from city councillor to mayor. Having served on New Westminster City Council for 9 years, the transition has been for the most part fairly smooth, but there are some areas and responsibilities that have been new for me. One of these is my […]

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Last week I came across an article on Planetizen that examined the importance of the photo op in making streetscapes appealing to pedestrians. One conclusion was that city planners should be asking a new question in their work: can it be Instagrammed? The article inspired me to look up my own city on Instagram, something […]

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During the last municipal election as part of my platform on public engagement I committed to starting a Mayors blog. After 9 months in office, I am probably little overdue in giving this whole blogging thing a try, but here we go. In New Westminster we are very fortunate to have a great blogging community, […]

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Five years ago my wife and I moved from our single family home in Queens Park into an apartment in Downtown New Westminster. At first glance this probably seems like an unusual move for a growing young family to make. Although we loved our 125 year old heritage home and the neighbourhood we lived in, […]

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A few years ago I had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Kee Yeon Hwang, president of the Korea Transport Institute. He was in the Vancouver area to talk about the success of the Cheonggyecheon stream restoration project. For those who are not familiar with the Cheonggyecheon project, in 2003 the City of Seoul removed […]

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