Over the past couple of days, a couple of contentious issues have been widely reported in the media that parallel issues I want to discuss during my Jane’s Walk on Sunday.
University of Victoria geographer Reuben Rose-Redwood recently announced results from a study on the selling of naming rights on city buildings, structures and public places. His concerns about selling naming rights are similar to my concerns about public and private space “oozing” into each other, and developers providing public amenities (see point 3 in my post about my upcoming Jane’s Walk). Here are some links describing Dr. Rose-Redwood’s research:
- University of Victoria Press Release: “IS THE CITY OF VICTORIA UP FOR SALE?“
- Reuben Rose-Redwood, Letter to the Editor, Times-Colonist: “Public places need public names”
- Jack Knox, Column, Times-Colonist: “Victoria naming rights … dignity but not much cash”
Here are a couple of academic articles on naming rights in general:
- Reuben Rose-Redwood & Derek Alderman: “Critical Interventions in Political Toponymy”
- Reuben Rose-Redwood: “Rethinking the Agenda of Political Toponymy”
There is also a petition against selling naming rights on City of Victoria structures, that you can sign by clicking this link.
Addition, May 4, 2012: “Council edges closer to policy on naming rights.”
Then there was the controversy over the City considering the sale of Point Hope lands. I will be starting my Jane’s Walk at the Point Hope Shipyard Lookout (pictured) on Sunday, so we’ll have a chance to discuss this issue in more depth. Here are some links that describe the background:
- See the Times-Colonist reporting here.
- Ben Isitt’s concerns are described in more on his blog.
- Lisa Helps explains why she voted to explore the potential sale on her blog.
- John Luton’s take on the issue can be found at his blog. (More information on John Luton’s Jane’s Walk can be found here and here.)
- Update, May 4: Bernard von Schulmann at Victoria Vision adds his take in “Point Hope Shipyards Lands.”