A collection of media articles and tweets highlighting 1) the dangers of sun glare while driving, 2) the issue of shadowing due to urban development, and 3) fun sun facts. They are public interest stories compiled and shared to educate and raise awareness. Sources, credits and links are provided for articles and images, and it is my belief that the fair dealing exception in Canada's Copyright Act applies. However, if you wish your item removed, simply ask.
Glare from the
sun caused a motorist to hit a flagman working a construction site
NISKAYUNA, NY - The
glare from the sun caused a motorist to hit a flagman working a construction
site on Rosendale Road not far from Route 7 on Thursday afternoon, according to
Police ChiefJohn Lubrant. "The
intense glare from the sunlight when you turn to proceed up the hill is a contributing
factor," said Lubrant.
The driver, whose
name was not released, will not face any charges, said Lubrant… Read more: http://bit.ly/UulbpE
of crashes involving pedestrians has cities taking action
BC - A rash of pedestrian fatalities and injuries in the past week has Metro
Vancouver municipalities searching for ways to improve safety. Some may look to
a Surrey pilot program in which video cameras were installed at crosswalks.
Vancouver, which already has countdown lights at its top 10 accident locations,
is considering raised crosswalks, corner bulges and enhanced street lighting to
protect pedestrians… Read more:http://bit.ly/11QYgdf
was low and in line with tracks > Veterans sue railroad over fatal crash in
LUBBOCK,TX - Two Army veterans and their wives on
Wednesday sued the railroad company whose train hit a truck carrying veterans
and their spouses during a parade in Texas.
Four veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan were
killed and 16 more people were injured in the Nov. 15 collision. They had been
riding on a flatbed truck in the parade organized to honor wounded veterans for
their military service and were in the process of crossing the tracks when the
crash happened. Officials have said the truck entered the crossing after the
warning signals began sounding…
high-rise in 40 years planned for downtown Berkeley
BERKELEY, CA - A Los Angeles
real estate group submitted an application Thursday to build Berkeley’s first
high-rise in 40 years — a 17-story luxury apartment complex on Harold Way that
connects to the historic Hinks Department Store on Shattuck Avenue.
Berkeley Investments wants to spend as much as $200 million to construct a
180-foot tall tower with 355 residences next to the property that now houses
the Shattuck Cinemas and various offices…
B.C. Museum plans major expansion, high rise
VICTORIA, BC - The Royal
British Columbia Museum, just two blocks east of the MV Coho ferry dock,
expects to unveil a new master plan by next September and finish a major
redevelopment of its 6.6-acre property in time for Canada's sesquicentennial in
zoning change could improve quality of life > Seeking a village feel for a
high-rise cluster in North Toronto
TORONTO, ON - On a stretch of
Kipling Avenue between Finch and Steeles there are 19 postwar apartment
buildings on the east side of the street forming a superblock of concrete
each tower has 1,000 people, just on average, that’s 19,000 people,” says
Pritvanti Patel, who lives in one of the high-rises. “But none of them has a
That’s because these apartment
neighbourhoods are zoned only for residential use – almost all commercial
activity is prohibited on-site.
spring, city council will consider the first step toward changing this
scenario, with the introduction of a new zoning category: the residential
apartment commercial (RAC) zone. Endorsed by the city’s planning and growth
management committee in October, it would allow for small-scale retail and
community services in these neighbourhoods…
Highriseslammed, North Delta
doesn't want to be Burnaby
DELTA, BC - That's what Delta
council heard Tuesday night as residents packed into a public hearing at
Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre to speak their piece about a 37-storey
apartment tower proposed to be built near Scott Road.
If approved, the building would
be by far the tallest in North Delta.
The 1.5-acre site could
accommodate two towers, but the developer opted for only one because two would
limit views and cast a broader shadow… Read more:
37-storey highrise would be tallest building in Delta BC
DELTA, BC - Delta council recently gave preliminary approval to a
proposed 37-storey high-rise by Marshall Mountain Homes Ltd., which would be
constructed in North Delta at 1194180th Ave., near Scott Road.
Immediately south of the Delta
Shoppers Mall, the mixed-use building would have commercial space on the bottom
and up to 359 residential units above.
A year ago, council approved a
five-storey mixed-use residential/commercial development for the site. Since
then, there have been a number of changes, most notably the significant
increase in building height…
> Marshall Hung gets OK to build $200M high-rise on former Honolulu Advertiser
HONOLULU, HI - Hawaii developer Marshall Hung won
approval Wednesday from a state agency to build a $200 million high-rise
affordable condominium on the site of the former Honolulu Advertiser building.
All 635 units in the
46-story tower proposed for the 801 South St. project will be designated
work-force housing and will be priced from $250,000 to $550,000, according to a
statement from Hung’s Downtown Capital LLC.
Construction on the
project will begin in mid-2013, pending approval of permits for the project,
whose team includes general contractor Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co.,
architects Kazu Yato AIA & Associates Inc. and the real estate brokerage
Marcus & Associates Inc.
The developer has plans
for a second, 400-unit high-rise building adjacent to the first tower if sales
and demand are strong…
another shot at Kanata highrise proposal
OTTAWA, ON - Morley Hoppner Group proposed a nine-storey, 120-unit
residential building at 2 The Parkway, near Teron Rd., in Kanata.
The plan has received
heavy criticism from the surrounding community. City planners say it's more
like a 10-storey building with an amenity area on the roof. The density exceeds
other sites in the Beaverbrook area, staff say.
The developer now has a
proposal for a seven-storey building…