The research will analyze and investigate the range of development opportunities in historic buildings within a two hour radius of Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario that have become vacant in the last few years as a result of economic and social restructuring. It will help to preserve sites of cultural significance in the province which is in support of a number of principles in the Ontario Heritage Act (2005). Some possible research questions are: should municipalities have special policies for these buildings? What role can Municipal Heritage Committees play in promoting these developments?
This project involves working with Translink - the Greater Vancouver transit authority, covering buses, skytrain, seabus, trains, and ferries - to conduct initial research to examine the viability of an automated public bicycle system similar in scale and design to systems recently initiated in Paris, Lyon and Oslo.