A podcast about life in Canadian cities. Produced by Metro News and co-hosted by Vass Bednar, Matt Elliott and Luke Simcoe.
Ep. 15: I am not a NIMBY but…
Urban planning and pizza parties with special guest Sean Galbraith.
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Reunited once again — and feeling so good — the Metropolis team is joined by planner Sean Galbraith, who recently came up with the idea to combine urban planning with pizza.
Like pineapple and ham, it’s a weird combination but it seems to work. Sean tells us why he thinks his offer to host small groups of people to discuss the basics of planning has drawn so much interest, and what that says about the state of planning — which can be very dense — in our cities.
Later, we roleplay. Matt brings out some famous real-world NIMBY scenarios and we get Sean to respond. How should we deal with people who are angry about split-level duplexes, loud neighbours or the fact that the new playground equipment doesn’t match the heritage character of the neighbourhood? It doesn’t use a heritage blue!
Finally, in our thumbs up/thumbs down segment, Vass believes no one should ever apologize to Nickelback, Matt almost buys a bunch of old speed limit signs from the Town of Caledon and Luke gives credit to a man who is fighting for pedestrian safety in the aftermath of a terrible tragedy.
Planning & Pizza
- Sean Galbraith on Twitter
- Metro article on Sean’s pizza and planning initiative
- I am not a NIMBY, but a hipster brewery has opened on my street and it is TOO LOUD.
- I am not a NIMBY, but developers are buying homes on my street and replacing them with vertical duplexes and THEY ARE TOO BIG.
- I am not a NIMBY, but the soccer field upgrades they want to do at the school near my house will lead to HORRENDOUS TRAFFIC.
- I am not a NIMBY, but the new splash pad at my local park does not match the HERITAGE CHARACTER of my neighbourhood.
- I am not a NIMBY, but the Caribbean restaurant that wants to move into the ground floor of my condo will be TOO LIVELY.
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