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Old Posted Nov 8, 2013, 9:44 PM
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Old Posted Nov 8, 2013, 11:23 PM
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As a place to shop, not much, I guess. Cheap.

As a company, pretty much everything that's wrong with capitalism today.

I don't take a moral stand too often on what I buy and where I shop, but Walmart is a place I will never, ever set foot in. I'd encourage others to do the same.
So where do you shop? Last time I checked Safeway, Superstore, Target, etc were all evil corporations as well.
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Old Posted Nov 8, 2013, 11:26 PM
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Along a lot of the streets in Downtown South, the City has given up on trying to grow grass and installed a rubberized brick-patterned material.

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IIRC, I think the city set up a test patch of this a couple years ago. They wanted to see how well it weathered.

So presumably, if it's now being installed en masse, they must be happy with its hardiness. It's a great material and I'd much prefer to see this stuff installed around growing trees and to patch warped concrete pavements than ugly asphalt.

From memory, I think it's made from recycled rubber (tyres?) and such, but the formula used here may be different.
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Old Posted Nov 9, 2013, 12:41 AM
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So where do you shop? Last time I checked Safeway, Superstore, Target, etc were all evil corporations as well.
I don't shop at any of those stores (none of them exist in China). When I am back in Vancouver, I try to keep it as independent as possible, but I've been known to hit up Superstore now and again.

Comparing Walmart to Safeway or Superstore is ridiculous though. Both SW and SS pay a living wage to their staff, and while things like healthcare differ in Canada compared to the US, you better believe Walmart would try to pull the same garbage here with regards to health coverage that they do in the US.

Walmart is so large that, in many ways, they can dictate what you watch and listen to. If said entertainment doesn't meet their criteria (anything explicit is a big no-no) they won't carry it, and seeing as Walmart accounts for over 50% of all music and movie sales in NA, they can censor what the government says is legal. I'm not talking about porn here. NC-17 movies, for instance, can not be sold in any Walmart stores. As a result, movie and music companies have to kowtow to Walmart or possibly lose out of a huge chunk of the market.

Anyway, what I'm saying isn't anything new. It's all known knowns. But with new stores opening in NA all the time, it would seem like the majority don't really care just as long as they can get that toilet paper for $0.49.

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Old Posted Nov 9, 2013, 12:46 AM
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IIRC, I think the city set up a test patch of this a couple years ago. They wanted to see how well it weathered.

So presumably, if it's now being installed en masse, they must be happy with its hardiness. It's a great material and I'd much prefer to see this stuff installed around growing trees and to patch warped concrete pavements than ugly asphalt.

From memory, I think it's made from recycled rubber (tyres?) and such, but the formula used here may be different.

Lol. Before the days of Paris Hilton and little pooches, Vancouver's downtown roadside lawns were lush and green, but after scores of residents started rearing dogs in their condos, we began seeing all the bald patches and dead lawns. The city has to evolve and get rid of green grass by roads if the little critters are going to stay.

In conclusion: like it or not, dogs and their owners kill grass.

Btw, I love these recycled tyre rubber pavers.
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Old Posted Nov 9, 2013, 12:48 AM
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Those frosted glass awnings look kind of interesting, as far as awnings go. But I'm partial to anything made of frosted glass.

The faux bricks are attractive, too, as they add a touch of colour to the street. Green grass would've looked better, but red does the trick as well. It will also make it easier to notice and avoid stepping in dog poop.
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Old Posted Nov 9, 2013, 1:29 AM
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The old 2008 thread about the Rubbersidewalks:

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=157156

From the City in 2011 on the 400 Block of East 17th Avenue:

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Some areas in Yaletown have also put down fake turf in those small areas. I'm not sure if they were installed by the city or strata corps of the local buildings. Looks better than real grass, but I think the rubber "pavement" is a better idea.
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Old Posted Nov 9, 2013, 6:52 PM
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Lol. Before the days of Paris Hilton and little pooches, Vancouver's downtown roadside lawns were lush and green, but after scores of residents started rearing dogs in their condos, we began seeing all the bald patches and dead lawns. The city has to evolve and get rid of green grass by roads if the little critters are going to stay.

In conclusion: like it or not, dogs and their owners kill grass.
Ahh, not necessarily - my building is full of dogs and all the surrounding grass strips are lush and beautiful.
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Shannon Mews development at Granville & 57th

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Old Posted Nov 12, 2013, 2:33 AM
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Thanks for posting, vancvrman. I drive by yesterday and it looks like a huge site. Interesting to see how it starts to take shape in spring.
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Shouldn't that be in the General Vancouver Update thread and not the DT one?
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Old Posted Nov 12, 2013, 7:35 AM
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Ahh, not necessarily - my building is full of dogs and all the surrounding grass strips are lush and beautiful.
Really? And where is that?
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Old Posted Nov 12, 2013, 8:12 AM
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Ahh, not necessarily - my building is full of dogs and all the surrounding grass strips are lush and beautiful.
I like dogs but the truth is that they have a similar diet to people and piss everywhere, so its not different then people pissing everywhere. Also when they take a shit its not always possible to pick it all up, especially when they have the shits, which dogs, like people, sometimes have. :-)
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Vancouver’s West End to get makeover: more housing, more open-air plazas


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Old Posted Nov 12, 2013, 4:16 PM
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Old Posted Nov 12, 2013, 6:07 PM
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Vancouver’s West End to get makeover: more housing, more open-air plazas
A crosswalk to connect the "Nob Hill" development? Talk about shoddy journalism.
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Wow.. a disco ball at Davie and Bute!?! Honestly, what is this crap and horrid illustrations?.. and Bute looks 10-lanes wide. If there are going to construct more 'open-air plazas' perhaps they could put more effort into them than half-assed effort at Bute and Davie.
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