My neighbour Claus Andrup and I recently published a little book about our home town in Metro Vancouver, if “published” is the correct term.
Our purpose with the book is simply to take a walk through Maple Ridge. “The central area, while significantly improved since 2009, is still vastly under-developed. Outside the central area, neighbourhoods have been created, and are being created, without nearby commercial services or aesthetic focus. And while there is something called an Official Community Plan, there is a lack of civic cohesion or consensus around what direction we should take.”
“We’re hopeful that at some point in the near future the cascade of proposals for the development of the central area and Port Haney will solidify into something like a momentum towards actual construction… Much of the land in these inner-city areas is currently vacant, in a metropolitan region with one of the hottest real estate markets on the continent; this suggests that there may be some benefit in changing our approach.”
We printed 25 copies of this item. We gave one to the Mayor, and he said he liked it. As of this posting, there are two copies for sale at the Maple Ridge Museum, so hurry on down. Due to limitations with the ePub program, our designer tells us that the first conversion of this small-format book into an e-book produced “a jumbled mess.” We’ll keep trying, and post a link on this site if we succeed.