A Fraseropolis report for 2016

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South arm of the Fraser River at the Derwent Way Bridge, Delta

Fraseropolis is a one-editor operation, with input from our co-tourists. We launched the site out of personal interest in the summer of 2011 to explore communities in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, and to post notes on the functions and dysfunctions of local institutions.

In both 2015 and 2016 we had about 10,000 visitors, an average of close to 30 per day. About 82 per cent of visitors in 2016 came from inside Canada, 10 per cent from the United States, and the rest from elsewhere. Continue reading

A Fraseropolis report for 2015

Ambleside, District of West Vancouver

Ambleside, District of West Vancouver

The purpose of Fraseropolis.com is to describe livable, walkable communities in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, and provide status reports and information links related to public services in the region.

The site has operated since 2011, and had a modest record year in 2015, with just over 18,000 page views and 10,000 unique visitors. July 9, 2015 was a record day, with 338 views, mostly related to a post on possible outcomes from Metro Vancouver’s transit referendum. Continue reading

Fraseropolis Greatest Hits Volume 2

Vintage houses, Clarke Street, downtown Port Moody

Vintage houses, Clarke Street, downtown Port Moody

It’s more than two years since we launched this blog site, dedicated to reporting on the obvious features of local government and urban life in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland. The two subject counties, Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver, are about half the size of Belgium when you put them together, with 2.65 million residents bunched up either in the valley itself or around the Burrard Inlet.

The pressures of paid work have reduced the rate of activity here, and the number of visits has dropped off as a result, but only slightly. I’ll provide a list of which posts have been visited most over the past year, as I did in November 2012. Only one of them, the live-work item, is a repeat. Continue reading

The Fraseropolis.com “Urban Villages” index

This post marks the online launch of our “Urban Villages” project.

Fraseropolis, a notional two-county region on British Columbia’s Pacific coast,  is unique in Western Canada in the number of historic towns and villages that have been absorbed into the urban fabric.  Mission City, Maple Ridge, Chilliwack,  Cloverdale and others pre-date 1900.  A very few — Fort Langley, White Rock — have blossomed as regional tourist destinations.  Most struggle on as secondary shopping areas overshadowed by nearby malls. Continue reading