Highway Update - 2 May 2005Flipflops, hitchhiking and buttons . . . oh my! Read on for the latest news about the #1 Highway expansion from Citizens Concerned with Highway Expansion . . .
Campbell does freeway flipflop; Jane Jacobs responds
Freeways have been on Gordon Campbell's mind for a long time -- at least since the mid-1980s when he was Mayor of Vancouver. But it's only since Campbell became premier that he's in favour of road-building mega-projects. As mayor, and as chair of the GVRD, Campbell opposed freeway projects because they placed vehicles over public transit and threatened the quality of life throughout the Lower Mainland.
Now internationally-renowned urbanist Jane Jacobs has offered her voice to Citizens Concerned with Highway Expansion. Jacobs says the current highway expansion plans are scary -- precisely because Campbell knows better.
Read the full story, including interviews and opinion pieces by Gordon Campbell from when he was mayor -- along with Jane Jacobs' response -- at www.stophighwayexpansion.ca.
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has lesson for Vancouver
"Earthman Arthur Dent is having a very bad day. His house is about to be bulldozed, he discovers that his best friend is an alien and to top things off, Planet Earth is about to be demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass . . ."
Citizens Concerned with Highway Expansion is taking a lesson from the silver screen. With the premier of the new movie version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy last week, the opportunity to make comparisons between current highway mega-projects and hyperspace express route is too irresistable.
Join members of CCHE for a screening of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy on Tuesday, 3 May at the Paramount Theatre, 990 Burrard St. We'll take in the the 7:00 p.m. screening. Meet at 6:40 p.m. And, of course, we have materials to share with fellow spectators, to help make the appropriate connections. Find out more about the movie at http://hitchhikers.movies.go.com/
Buttons lend to new fashion sensibility
New "Stop Hwy 1 Expansion" buttons were all the buzz across the Lower Mainland this past weekend. The red, black and white buttons allow individuals concerned with the provincial government's plan to expand the #1 Highway between Vancouver and Langley to voice their objections in a simple message: "Stop Hwy 1 Expansion; Save our Communities".
Based on the avant-garde logo used by Citizens Concerned with Highway Expansion, the button was described as "sassy" by one fashion guru along Commercial Drive. The simple stop sign image recalls similar appareil produced for freeway fights across North America in the 1960s and 1970s. Another individual sporting a button was overheard saying the new accessories were "bold, daring, retro and to the point."
Buttons are available from Citizens Concerned with Highway Expansion for $1 -- although we'll let you pay more if you wish. All proceeds go toward expenses from our campaign to stop bad transportation policy. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Let the have shrubs a resounding success
Did you get your shrubbery? Citizens Concerned with Highway Expansion volunteers dressed in their finest shrubbery costumes on Saturday and hit the streets to help protect their fellow neighbours.
CCHE was responding to Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon's suggestion that the way he would help communities deal with increased traffic levels as a result of the #1 Highway expansion was by implementing shrubbery.
See photos from the event at http://www.cche.vcn.bc.ca/photos.
Having handed our over 200 pieces of "protective shrubbery" along with instructions for use, we feel East Vancouver residents are at least more aware of the highway expansion issue, if not a bit more prepared to defend themselves . . . with shrubbery.
Travel back to the first Vancouver freeway fights at the Vancouver Museum
Want to learn about how Vancouver was saved from the bulldozer? Perhaps you were part of the first freeway fights that helped make the city one of the most livable urban communities in the world?
The Vancouver Museum recently opened a new section in its permanent exhibit dedicated to Vancouver in the 1960s and 1970s. The freeway fights -- along with the protest culture of the day -- figure prominently in the exhibit. Find out more at http://www.vanmuseum.bc.ca.
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You can keep track of the latest events, activities and developments related to the #1 Highway Expansion at www.stophighwayexpansion.ca/color>./fontfamily>