It’s hard to believe it’s been more than two months since the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 to be a pandemic. I’m sure many can relate to the disorienting experience time warp since things became “real” and cities around the world went into lockdown. Some days never seem to end, while some weeks fly by … Continue reading We Don’t Know What to Expect, but We Know What’s Possible.
Last summer, I tweeted out this meandering thread: https://twitter.com/RobinMazumder/status/1145712865158021122?s=20 It started as an observation on how, in most cities, we balk at the idea of free transit but barely bat an eye at the reality of free parking. The thread continued on to explore the psychology that informed this sentiment; it was inspired by years … Continue reading We Are Addicted To Cars
The end of my PhD is in sight. I think. I've got a year of funding left, and I'm very motivated to complete within that timeframe. Accordingly, I'm racing to finish my experiments so that I can get into the thick of dissertation writing. For those who aren't familiar with my research, I study the … Continue reading We Need To Talk About Privately Owned Public Space
In January, I agreed to go on a local radio show after a months of tiresome back and forth on Twitter with the radio host. The majority of our online debates centred around how cities should function, from sidewalk snow clearance to cycling infrastructure. I figured an in-person conversation could be more productive, and perhaps … Continue reading Share the Road. Actually.
Another winter, another raging debate in my city about who should take responsibility for sidewalk snow clearance. Currently, residents are expected to clear their own sidewalks. Most of the people who are arguing against city sponsored sidewalk snow clearance are able bodied, so I imagine that it is easy for them to take this position. … Continue reading Sidewalk Snow Clearance is a Human Rights Issue
It's been a few weeks since the municipal election and I'm ready to start talking about how we can get to work. I'm excited to see what the new councils for the City of Waterloo, City of Kitchener and Region of Waterloo can do to make our community safer, healthier and happier. This January, I'll … Continue reading #QuickWins4KW
We need to change the conversation on shared responsibility. This became glaringly clear to me recently, when I came across a social media campaign run by the Waterloo Regional Police, called #CareToShare. When I first saw the educational video pop up on my Twitter feed, I was excited to see what they had come up … Continue reading Sharing Isn’t Caring: Shifting Gears on Shared Responsibility
This past January, I finished my first year on the City of Kitchener's Cycling and Trails Advisory Committee. And I was considering quitting. Like many volunteers on city committees everywhere, I had a full plate of other responsibilities and commitments. Time was a precious commodity, and I was unsure as to whether my presence on … Continue reading Aiming for Bare Minimum: Why Cycletrack Networks Are the Only Way Forward
Across Canada, we're seeing municipalities putting their best foot forward with some great ideas for the federal government's Smart Cities Challenge. It's quite exciting. I have long advocated for data-driven city building, especially as it pertains to active transportation. It's hard to argue with numbers. Which is why I've chosen to do the research I … Continue reading Street Smarts: Common Sense and the Smart City
When I was a community-based occupational therapist, a worry would come over me in late Autumn as I felt the change of the air on my skin. I knew that Winter would bring with it challenges for the clients I served in my role on a complex needs community support team. The term "complex needs" referred to the … Continue reading Abominable Snow Maintenance and its Implications on Community Accessibility