Ren Thomas is an urban planner interested in the complex social spaces, interactions, and policies found in cities. She has written extensively on issues such as public transit provision, affordable housing policy and city governance on her blog,

Reflections on the Life of John Friedmann

Internationally-renowned planning theorist John Friedmann passed away on June 12, 2017 in Vancouver. At 91, John was an honorary... Read More

A reluctant cyclist in Europe’s cycling capital – Part 2

Last Monday, I explored the the remarkable persistence of the Dutch cyclist in all types of weather, the Protestant roots of the... Read More

A reluctant cyclist in Europe’s cycling capital – Part 1

If you’re an avid cyclist, urbanist, or public transit advocate, you’ve probably read more than a few articles on cycling... Read More

Collaborative CityStudio breaks new ground

“When have you had your most engaged life experience?” asked Janet Moore and Duane Elverum. A rapt audience sat in silence for ten... Read More

A HiVE of activity

Imagine arriving to work at a downtown historic building, where your workspace has high ceilings, brick walls, and huge windows. You... Read More

Art Deco chic

Looking to get your urban fix, 1920s-style? Check out the new exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver: Art Deco Chic: Glamourous... Read More

Walk the talk

Food is intrinsically linked to place, whether it is agricultural land, rivers, or oceans. Interest in sustainable foods and food... Read More