Notes from the SFU “On Broadway…” Design + Transportation Lecture

Broadway (the part near Cambie) has a lack of pedestrian features. There are no spaces to linger, the street is almost too large to cross, the cafés do not have street furniture… But West of Arbutus there are roughly 10,000 less cars and a much more pedestrian centered experience. Interesting…

Broadway goes across the entire length of the city, and despite adapting a pseudo-name, continues into Burnaby. It has, at times, an absence of street trees.

What makes a great street? Is it the buildings? The amount of Traffic?

How long is a street?

How wide is it? How large is the space between doorways?

Strøget Copenhagen, Denmark: there is a street which accommodates 16 people per meter, per minute.

The best streets are comfortable : )

Is there wind? Is there shade when it’s hot? Is there sun when it’s cool? Buildings and trees control these factors.

There are certain qualities that engage the eyes. Is the street nice to look at?

“I THINK PEDESTRAINS SHOULD HAVE REIN OVER ALL STREETS IN URBAN AREAS.” – Elizabeth Macdonald (and I couldn’t agree there)

Every road has a priority, be it cars, bikes, transit, or pedestrians.

Things to check out: NYC: Pavement to Parks Movement.

There is a proposal to add parking lanes and a centered pedestrian median to Broadway.

Elizabeth Macdonald: Professor of Urban Design at the University of California, Berkeley.

Allan Jacobs: former Director of City Planning for San Francisco and author of Great Streets.

Notes from Matthew and Terces Engelhart’s Webinar on Building Community

Tips for being a good leader:

  • Trust others.
  • Good listeners are good leaders.
  • Acknowledge others. Acknowledge yourself.
  • Leaders lead and adapt, without expecting others to. Leaders make change by changing themselves. Leaders go first.
  • Leaders hold space for others.
Questions to improve your partnerships:
  • Do you have any requests of me?
  • What do you need to hear from me to restore love?
  • What do I need to apologize for?
  • What do I need to be forgiven for?

“How much love presence you can generate and hold …within that community.”

“If you are authentic and loving, people will get it.”
Does your business PASS?
Profit: Does your business create revenue to self-sustain?
Awakening: How can your business cause more awakening? Question of the day?
Sustainability: Does it nurture the Earth, leave it in better shape?
Social Justice: Does your business create more opportunity for the less fortunate?
JENNI THINKS… PASS could be extended for non-business (clubs, families, individuals, non-profits)…
Extended as… MASS!
Mission: Does you fulfill your goal or mission statement?
Awakening: How can you cause more awakening? Question of the day?
Sustainability: Do you nurture the Earth, leave it in better shape?
Social Justice: Do you create more opportunity for the less fortunate?
Books and stuff to get/read…

Cheap Massage!

This Thursday I had the pleasure of attending the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage’s Student Clinic. Right near Waterfront Sky train! It was only $31 for an hour of massage which I thought was well worth it. I had never had a professional massage before, but years of doing theatre gets you a nice rub here and there. At the end I went into a dream like half-sleep and got lost in my subconscious for a while, which I enjoyed very much. At the end I had to fill out a survey about my experience. It was kind of funny to think of “healing hands” and the different definitions they had on the survey, but I really do think that some people have a special gift for giving care to others. Some people are just good touchers haha!

NOTE OF CAUTION: It was hard to find the elevator in the building and the stairs were locked, but once I located it things were peachy. It was in the middle of the building, around the bend.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookie Recipe

In response to the demand this is the recipe for the vegan cookies I was giving out at SFU Surrey Clubs Day… Adapted from an online recipe I found a long time ago. Enjoy!

Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees.

Mix the wet ingredients in a bowl.

1/3 C Canola Oil

1/4 C Non-dairy milk (I used Coconut Milk but soy, rice or almond would also work)

3/4 t Vanilla Extract

1/4 t Coconut Extract

Mix the dry ingredients in a seperate bowl.

2/3 C Brown Sugar

1 1/2 C Flour

1 t Baking Powder

1/4 t Baking Soda

1/8 t Salt

Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined.

Fold in 3/4 C Vegan Chocolate Chips.

Make into whatever shape your heart desires (i’m giving you ideas aren’t I?)

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.