"If you're in a bad situation, don't worry, it'll change. If you're in a good situation, don't worry, it'll change."
-- John A. Simone Jr.
Over on David Byrne’s blog he’s got an interesting ditty about his recent trip to Vancouver. After what sounds like a great show:
I noticed a little old lady, in an usherette/security uniform, trying to get people to stop dancing — or at least stay in their seats — but after the 4th song she gave up. After that there was no stopping the crowd — they were dancing almost the entire rest of the set.
(Actually reminds me of a fantastic Chili Peppers show when we were dancing in the aisles next to our 12th row seats and an usher came down to us. We thought we were going to get hassled but instead he smiled and said he was there to make sure the other, roughly, 2000 people behind us stayed behind us.)
Anyway, after the show, the mayor, Gregor Robertson, is there and a group of Byrne’s folk and the mayors folk go out for a drink. They get on the subject of urban planning and:
Robertson said that there has been a radical transformation of the land and cityscape in a generation. Vancouver is no longer a small city, and having seen all the new condos and office buildings here, I wondered aloud if developers were simply unstoppable; if the city might lose some of its charm and character; that the human scale of the city will be lost if profit is left as the prime force determining urban texture. In Peñalosa’s terms this means that people with lots of money determine how everyone else lives, and what kind of city we all live in — which, he feels, is undemocratic.
Robertson responded,“I don’t really see them as unstoppable. I’m doing the aikido thing, moving that drive for building and profit into the most positive outcome possible for the community. Not a simple thing. But my hopes are high.”
Love it. My take on it is change is going to happen. Development is going to develop. This is neither good nor bad. It’s the movement of universe. We don’t want to fight it; we want to embrace it. Embrace it and encourage this energy to transform things in a way that provides “the most positive outcome possible for the community.” That is sustainable development.
Keep up the good work.