What If? The 3 Hour Park

What If? The 3 Hour Park

Last week I watched as a nearby greenspace was quickly transformed into a nice looking park. The park was created in 2 – 3 hours and was created for the filming of a tv show. It was all removed by the next morning. I thought then, what if they had left t...

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Go For A Stroll

Go For A Stroll

“Jump in a puddle today. Meander across town. Go for a stroll. Roll among the world. Pace off your frustrations. Tread, stomp, skip, press those feet on the earth wherever you can find it. Walk alone; walk with a friend. Watch the ripples you’re ca...

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Cultivating Something New

Cultivating Something New

I was in Cincinnati talking about ABCD with the School District. They want to use principles of ABCD to help animate their Community Learning Centers. That same week the Cincinnati Reds were busy installing new turf at the ballpark so lights have been on early...

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We’re All Busy

We’re All Busy

We’re All Busy This past weekend there was a town hall meeting in our neighbourhood to talk about the challenges that many are facing. It was moving to hear stories from so many different perspectives and see how many neighbours showed up. It was a Satur...

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What Do You Prefer?

What Do You Prefer?

There was an article in the NY Times written by a pilot asking the question, do people prefer takeoffs or landings? In an admittedly unscientific pool he discovered the most people prefer takeoffs while only 41% prefer landings. Comments were made about takeof...

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What Should We Create?

What Should We Create?

What should we create? Several groups have been thinking about what their agencies can do to help insure safety for people they support during an emergency or difficult times. In some of the conversations there is talk of creating a program, or a plan and mayb...

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Take Care

Take Care

Make connections and taking care of others at the Hampton Inn. When checking in recently at a hotel, the staff mentioned they host an evening reception so guests can meet and talk. The information book in my room also had a page on “Care.” It menti...

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What are we measuring?

What are we measuring?

In your community work what are you measuring? This is another sign from the Tactical Urbanism project in Asheville, NC. This project is designed to make quick low cost changes and to see the impact. They’re paying attention to numbers of people in the n...

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What the heck is it?

What the heck is it?

While in Asheville I learned about tactical urbanism. A group of volunteers had made changes at a busy intersection to slow down traffic and create more a welcoming area. One of this days projects was touching up the road painting in the background. Tactical u...

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A “Community” Park

A “Community” Park

In a park in Vancouver there are the usual climbing things and swings and there’s also close to 20 toys lined up along a path. You will find riding toys of all sorts from big wheels to monster trucks to fire engines. There are also plastic kitchens, slid...

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