Today is a recovery day for me (after a long week of watching amazing improv), so I won’t post something too lengthy. But I do want to give a bit of a heads up about cool posts coming this week and a few thoughts.
Here and on the Prairie Dog Blog there has been some recent discussion about new transit plans, the Walmart shuttle bus, and the car centric culture that has been dominant in Regina for many years. I think this is an important discussion to have. With respect to some opinions (on these blogs and elsewhere) that people in Regina do not value things like community, walkability, good transit, downtown vibrancy, and value only cars, big box stores, and suburbs (I am elaborating and hyperbolizing a bit here… but only a bit), I respectfully disagree. I have long held the belief that Reginans want these things, but do not know how to express it or feel like the process is too big for them to actually have a hand in changing things. Many people do not have the lexicon, or can’t put their finger on what it is that is missing in their life or their city, or simply have not experienced some of the positive things that we’ve talked about. Now, maybe that is a naive or optimistic view point, but I have also experienced the overwhelming positive momentum in this city when you provide opportunities for people to get involved in community, or discuss the importance of transit, walkability, bikability, etc. There are a lot of people in this city who want progressive change (including people you may not suspect) and may just not know how to express that or make it happen. Hopefully, with several projects creating positive momentum (new transit plan, downtown plan which emphasizes walking, biking, and transit opportunities in the downtown) that support will only grow!
On that note, get ready for posts this week that include a piece on the Regina Car Share Cooperative, an update on finding “walker’s paradise” in Regina, and the first installment of a 3 part discussion about community by Jeff Dudar. Jeff has an MA in sociology and will be writing 3 posts talking about various aspects of community in the coming weeks. So get ready for installment #1 this week – Community: the divisible. I also hope to do a post, as well as start sending emails, about the 2010 Jane’s Walks in Regina this week…. this is one of those overwhelming experiences I mentioned.