Tagged: environment

[Podcast] In Conversation: Vancouver Councillor Andrea Reimer Talks Housing and Engagement

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The City talks with Vision Vancouver Councillor Andrea Reimer as we mark one year since 2011 municipal election.

Andrea Reimer was first elected in 2002 as a School Board member with the Green Party, she joined Vision Vancouver and was elected to City Council in 2008. Councillor Reimer was appointed in 2008 as the Chair of the City’s Planning and Environment Committee and Council lead on the Greenest City Action Plan, overseeing Vancouver’s efforts to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. Along with six other Vision councillors and Mayor Gregor Robertson, Andrea Reimer was elected in the 2011 election to council. She is currently Chair of the Standing Committee on Planning, Transportation, and Environment and council liaison for the Greenest City Action Team. She is also a director at Metro Vancouver, and is appointed to the city’s Family Court / Youth Justice Committee, Urban Aboriginal Peoples Advisory Committee, and Women’s Advisory Committee.

The City’s Andy Longhurst sat down with Councillor Reimer in July 2012 to talk at length about a number of issues, including neighbourhood engagement, which has come under fire in recent weeks. We also discuss the controversial Rize condo tower in Mount Pleasant, rental housing, affordability, and questions of how the city should continue to develop.

WEB-ONLY CONTENT | Hear more from Councillor Reimer (from the July 2012 interview) on whether green initiatives sideline social justice issues, and whether the City should be doing more to protect the many older single-family homes which are often demolished in Vancouver’s pricey real estate market.

On green initiatives vs. social justice concerns and the viaducts:

On renovictions, the loss of affordable rental stock, and the demolition of single-family homes:

[Podcast] Small, Gritty, and Green: Agriculture and Relocalization in Smaller Cities

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Courtesy of The MIT Press.

Second part in a two-part series (part one available here). Do we privilege larger cities when we talk about a sustainable, low-carbon future?  Are smaller cities excluded from these conversations? Catherine Tumber, author of Small, Gritty, and Green: The Promise of America’s Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World, argues that smaller industrial cities have an increasingly significant role to play in our low-carbon, relocalized urban futures.

In this podcast, Catherine Tumber focuses on the importance of agriculture for small industrial cities in relocalizing and strengthening local and regional economies – and ultimately wrestling power away from corporate agribusiness.

[Podcast] Small, Gritty, and Green: What’s the Future of Smaller Industrial Cities?

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Courtesy of The MIT Press.

Do we privilege larger cities when we talk about a sustainable, low-carbon future? Are smaller cities excluded from these conversations?

Catherine Tumber, author of Small, Gritty, and Green: The Promise of America’s Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World, argues that smaller industrial cities have an increasingly significant role to play in our low-carbon, relocalized urban futures. Tumber is a journalist, historian, and currently Visiting Scholar at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. She is a past Research Affiliate at the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning/Community Innovators Lab, Managing Editor/Art Director at the Boston Review, and a Managing Editor at the Boston Phoenix. This is the first part of a two-part mini series.