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Urban Design Work Program

May 2, 2008

Planning Committee is holding a public participation meeting in Council chambers at 5:15 PM on Monday, with respect to the Urban Design Work Program that is being spearheaded by London’s new urban planner, Sean Galloway.

According to the proposal, what’s envisioned is the development of “a design culture within the City of London that assists in creating liveable neighbourhoods and employment areas that build a strong community identity and are predicated on an integrated transportation network, quality public realm, an enhanced landscape, mix of land uses, safety, walkable and active streets, a diversity of housing types and a high standard of architectural design.” 01

Mr. Galloway referred to the plan during a presentation at the Central library last evening:

“On Monday night, going to Planning Committee, is the new Urban Design Program. And this program has 40 projects which is going to change your lives, going to change the way the city develops. And the type of public transportation infrastructure that we have in place, the type of built form that we have in place, the experiences you’re going to have on the street… It’s going to have quite an impact on our lives.” 02

Much of what Mr. Galloway said during his presentation touched all the right notes with me:

“The automobiles aren’t going to leave our life, but we do and should have choices for transportation. It doesn’t have to be automobile-dependent. We can walk, we’ve got two legs. We can take the bus.” 02

But Mr. Galloway is mistaken if he thinks that simply identifying better lifestyle choices is going to get the job done. Because we’ve heard it all before. The Transportation Master Plan and the city’s Official Master Plan are full of flowery rhetoric. But when it comes time to put that rhetoric into practise, this city hasn’t done anything. Except posture.

And if you don’t think so, you only have to review some of the many posts on this blog.

Sources:
01. 2008/05/05 – CityLondon: Rec. to Planning Committee
02. 2008/05/01 – Sean Galloway’s library presentation

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Events – 2007/12/20

December 20, 2007


Date: 2007/12/20 (Thursday)  
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm  
Where: Central Library
251 Dundas Street
 
What: Backgammon  
The Forest City Backgammon Club . Join us every Thursday in the Central library’s 3rd-floor Arts department. New players welcome.


Events – 2007/12/13

December 13, 2007

Date: 2007/12/13 (Thursday)  
When: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm  
Where: London InterCommunity Health Centre
659 Dundas Street
 
What: Toy & Food Drive  
To learn more, contact Brenda Craig 519-660-0874 (ext. 228).


Date: 2007/12/13 (Thursday)  
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm  
Where: Central Library
251 Dundas Street
 
What: Backgammon  
The Forest City Backgammon Club . Join us every Thursday in the Central library’s 3rd-floor Arts department. New players welcome.


Events – 2007/12/06

December 6, 2007

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Date: 2007/12/06 (Thursday)  
When: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm  
Where: London InterCommunity Health Centre
659 Dundas Street
 
What: Toy & Food Drive  
To learn more, contact Brenda Craig 519-660-0874 (ext. 228).


Date: 2007/12/06 (Thursday)  
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm  
Where: Central Library
251 Dundas Street
 
What: Backgammon  
The Forest City Backgammon Club . Join us every Thursday in the Central library’s 3rd-floor Arts department. New players welcome.


Public Wi-Fi

December 4, 2007

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Spacing Toronto reports that the Toronto Public Library has been able to expand free Wi-Fi to 19 of it’s branches, thanks to a Citizenship and Immigration Canadadesignated high need areas” grant.

Links:
A Life Untold: Free Wi-Fi in London, Ontario
2007/11/28 – TPL: Toronto Public Library expands public Internet service

Events – 2007/11/29

November 29, 2007

Date: 2007/11/29 (Thursday)  
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm  
Where: Central Library
251 Dundas Street
 
What: Backgammon  
The Forest City Backgammon Club . Join us every Thursday in the Central library’s 3rd-floor Arts department. New players welcome.


Events – 2007/11/21

November 21, 2007

When: 5:25 pm – ?  
Where: City Hall
300 Dufferin Avenue
 
What: CAPS Meeting  
A special public participation meeting to receive delegations and their comments regarding the City of London’s Substance Abuse Strategy. A document entitled “Response Strategy – Phase One” is available HERE.


When: 5:30 pm – ?  
Where: Central Library
251 Dundas Street
 
What: Monthly Board Meeting  
Access today’s agenda HERE or grab a printed copy when you arrive. Parking is available in the underground Galleria London parking lot. Validate your parking ticket in the Library for 2 free hours of parking during Library hours. Metered street parking may be available. NOTE: To view one of the reports that are to be presented today, click HERE.


Library Service Reduction

February 17, 2007

As I mentioned yesterday, the 2nd-floor central library’s entrance to the Galleria Mall has been arbitrarily closed to patrons.A significant convenience, it was deprived without the library’s customary fanfare and without any prior public consultation.

Here is the explanation which I have now received from Nancy Ward (Manager, Public Services) :

The Library is aware that the closure of the second floor entrance will be inconvenient for some of our customers. This was a tough decision and was based on an analysis of many factors. I will try to explain why we feel that this is a decision that will benefit our service.

Security: Security of patrons, collections and staff will be enhanced by having one service point on the main floor. This will enable our security staff to be able to monitor the entrance effectively and efficiently.

Main Floor Revitalization: The Library is in the process of major changes to our first floor. We envision more displays, popular collections and high demand items in this area. This will make a very inviting place to visit. In order to provide more assistance to customers on the first floor we are concentrating our staff resources at one entrance.

Service Efficiency: Holds, self check units and customer service staff will all be concentrated in one service area. This is a more efficient use of staff resources given the much lower usage of the second floor. In addition, it will provide more opportunity for staff to provide customer service at the desk.

I hope that this outline of our reasons for deciding to close the second floor service point will answer your question. The Library also hopes that you will find the new first floor area well worth visiting.

Click here if you wish to find out who is responsible for this service reduction and how to contact them.