UNPRECEDENTED DENSITY FOREVER POSSIBLE IN UPPER LONSDALE


My morning CoffeeBrew crowd have ordained Councillors Back, Clark, Bell & Bookham as the “Four Horsemen of the Harry Jerome Apocalypse.”  The density flood gates are forever open thanks to these four despicables.  And developers will make damn sure Darwin’s “city council” approved 30 tower is the new density bar, aka height standard for all new projects north of 17th Avenue.  #CollusionGluttonyHypocrisySabotage

Well at least those of us north of seventeenth like me know who not to vote for on October 20th.  It is also a good reason why we should also release (if we only could) our city administrators i.e. OCP City Planners and Engineers who have embraced the new towering heights demagoguery north of 17th and every other high rise project throughout our city since 2014.  Anti NIMBY’s who have made a complete mockery out of our OCP and on the record City Planning Dir. Mr. Epp repudiating Regional Growth Strategy Levels now sitting somewhere beyond 2041 population growth levels.  #CityHallCorruption

And lest we forget and never ever should we let wannabe night-mayor Buchanan off the hook.  EVERYWHERE you turn you are sooner than later faced with a “Buchanan” detour, a lane closure, a construction site delay or left frustrated trying to find street parking in and around every damn construction site.  Especially right now on Keith Rd. east and on 3rd Street between Queensbury and St. Andrews – what a bottlenecking nightmare they are during 3 to 6 pm rush hour!

EVERYONE of these developments, including the new Hollyburn apartment project which is of course thanks to our developer compliant city hall is permitted to shut down the curb lane at the intersection of Lonsdale and 13th for the next couple of years at their leisure.  You can emphatically BLAME BUCHANAN and her fellow Mussatto Team Slate that includes non city resident Holly Back.  Despicables who IGNORED EVERY Hollyburn neighbourhood petition, Public Hearing and emails against this colluding project… More city resident voters you can “count on” not willing to elect any Mussatto Team Slate collusion member running in our October 20 civic election.  #Enough2014CityCouncil

“Metro Vancouver” Once Again The Runaway Leader in North American Housing Unaffordability!


Our Metro Vancouver mayors (especially our density demagoguery mayor) must be so damn proud being the “runaway leaders in Unaffordable Housing in the entire North American Continent!” – congratulations uppity Grinch-like city council stooges!  A banner that will FOREVER DEFINE & ENTOMB your infamies after having deliberately put the cart: too much unaffordable housing ahead of the horse: sustainable affordable housing!
source: https://thetyee.ca/News/2018/07/13/Vancouver-Leader-In-Housing-Unaffordability/

Further substantiated weeks ago in the credible Star Metro Vancouver front page headliner: “Owning A House Now Costs 120% Of An Average Household Income”… ‘It’s hard to deny there is a crisis situation in Vancouver’ (Robert Hogue) https://www.pressreader.com/canada/starmetro-vancouver/20180704/281917363829562

Our housing unaffordability crisis will not be overcome or resolved by the eminent upcoming October 20th fresh out of the box elected city councils.  It will take more than 4 yearsperhaps up to a decade before Metro Vancouver’s social and housing wellness will inherit any kind of genuine housing semblance…  unless there is as some housing experts are forecasting – an impending cataclysmic unaffordablility housing collapse!  #HousingBubbleBurst

 

… Meanwhile our infamous city council will in September continue affording projects like NV Museum & Archives more money after they shoehorned themselves into a horsetrading Polygon Esplanade towering location i.e. being in desperate panic mode to find a new home, recklessly misappropriating their move-in setup/display costs.  Consequentially leaving them with a $550k shortfall egg on their archival faces…

CNV residents may be more familiar with the global welcoming politics of PM Trudeau and Trump’s sanctioned Fake News. But more and more CNV residents are beginning to realize due to the “poor turnout” in our 2014 city elections our city has become a Density Netherworld!


With our runaway development and neverending amending or superseding rezoning bylaws being approved like at last Monday night’s city council meeting…  Is finally having an on the wane affect leading to more & more CNV residents saying enough is enough; revolting against their en masse unaffordable density demagoguery.   Hopefully they and many more will emphatically Vote for Change on October 20th.

Everywhere I turn neighbours are fed up with all the construction lane closures, bus overloads, shrinking commercial parking and businesses unable to find affordable qualified help.  #cnvSOL

And here is the kicker… it WILL and can only get WORSE with our city council’s 11th hour efforts to ram through city council as many density developments as possible on behalf of their vulturous developer pals and in the name of their vainglorious infamies.  #Vote4ChangeOctober20

City Council is ready & set to sign off on a monster Driftwood Co-housing project offering 8 at 25% below market housing prices at 2020/21 development costs! And in unison SOCKING IT TO residents on either side regarding height and side setbacks!


Ready, get set…tonight city council is about to approve a GENTRIFIED strata co-housing project.  A project with good intentions but let’s not kid ourselves.  When these eight 25% below market housing units are completed in two plus years and if housing prices keep soaring above and beyond 1.5 to 2+ million on the North Shore and with Canada Interests Rates just going up – you will need at least $150K to qualify along with one hell of a hefty down payment.  Never mind how much it will be to qualify for any of the remaining fully priced family units… my guess is at least $200K!  #CNVgentrification  #UnaffordableCoHousing

At least the mayor and most city councillors did put a temporary hold on this project at last week’s city council meeting.  Requesting our scam artist city engineers and planning departments to see how the existing 20 ft. wide lane and its location which is WTF: not part of the planned development can be best saved.  A 30+ year city lane that must be narrowed behind project to 10 ft and partially fenced (Wagg Park) butting up to lane in order to facilitate the co-housing project’s traffic flow entering and existing from their underground strata parking stalls!  #WrongHousing  #WrongNeighbourhoodDensity

The solution is something Driftwood Co-housing and of course our infamous City Engineers are not in favour of which is: implementing “geotextile” around the riparian tree root zone which helps in the strengthening of the soil.  This would of course cause considerable delays and costs to this application i.e. accepting a neighbourly solution! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geotextile  #neighbourlessDevelopment

First up setting the scene is a cameo performance by Councillor Bell and debuting is Driftwood Village Co-Housing’s Odete Pinho…

And with a looming mayoral race only months away, I thought I would pull the POV’s on this projects affordability from wannabe mayor Buchanan and from: is Clark running for city council or mayor…

FWIW here is my June’s blog most viewed…


A contemptible pattern was quite evident in June’s most viewed when it came to the Harry Jerome Lands Public Hearing rezoning.  It was seemingly a staged performance featuring bad acting & non believable misdirection led by Mussatto and his wannabe night-mayor Linda Buchanan; while other land-grabbing city councillor imposters were lassoing horse trading – hee haw!

Surely CNV deserves a city council that has a strong neighbourly back bone, void of developer brokering and backroom corruption.  Obstinate hardened traits held by our current spineless & vainglorious city council despicables.  #vote4changeOctober20

2014 Mussatto campaign donor Anthem is now proposing a 13 storey rental building offering 23 UNAFFORDABLE units at 10% below market rental rates while the District Bolsheviks just don’t know when to quit!


What the hell is wrong with this city… we have a City Council, Hollyburn Family Services Society, Community Housing Action Committee, Generation Squeeze? and LL Business Improvement Area all on board for MORE UNAFFORDABLE RENTAL HOUSING.  #RentalMortgageRates

When Anthem gets around building their faulty tower market valued apartment building in 3 years and given how construction costs keep rocketing skyward, rents should be hovering around $3,000 for a two bedroom.  Take 10% off 3K and rent will still be at an unaffordable $2,700!  And what these nincompoops keep avoiding is EVERY YEAR everyone of these rental units will have their rent increased by up to 4% each and every year thereafter!  I for one as a senior could never afford one of these hoity toity 10/10/10 units even it they were for perpetuity!   What our infamous city council is really offering in low income rental units is: 10/10+4/10!

And I also see in the news the other day oh boy, the Bolshevik District Council lead by Bolshie Bassam just don’t know when to quit.  Willing to throw away $100K towards a reunification study that would hopefully lead to an amalgamation plebiscite after their new October 20th District Council has been elected.  With the belief of course Bolshie will be at the helm and CNV will elect maybe pro amalgamation Guy Heywood as mayor with enough pro Bolshevik elected city councillors to overturn our existing city council’s nixing of amalgamation.  #NoHopeInHell

белиберда (balderdash, nonsensical)

Density Darrell, his weaned city councillors and inept city planners have not just paved over our Paradise… They have fleeced our North Van Camelot turning it into a Manhattan unaffordable backlot.


I have come to realize the current towering deconstruct state of our once unassuming enclave city is sadly well beyond repair.  The social and economic wellness of our city has been flushed down the toilet in a whirlpool of perverse and deliberate over development.

It is impossible to expect our infrastructures to keep pace with the density explosion that has been fornicated upon our city especially over the last four years by our Manhattan loving density mayor and his lackey team councillors and in combine with our shameless horse trading councillors.

About a week & a half ago a fan of my blog sent me this link “The Death of a Great City” (NY NY) from Harper’s Magazine https://harpers.org/archive/2018/07/the-death-of-new-york-city-gentrification/

A definitive precursor in what to expect from our city’s deliberate CityShaping shortsightedness in 1/10th the time. The death of the city is ALREADY upon us.  Our city “today” has become unsustainable and unaffordable for far too many low income families, millennial’s and even middle class.  These are the very dependent’s vital in the continued economic and social wellness of our city whom have “had enough!”  Unwilling to live in inflated priced cookie cutter condos or willing to give landlords $20K to $30K of their annual hard earned NET INCOME without any return on their rental investment.  #MortgageRentalRates

I don’t enjoy insinuating gloom and doom for the city’s next decade, but it is INEVITABLE.  From my POV there is really not much the next city council can do to slow down or reverse our unsustainable growth.  Over the next decade there will be an acute en masse carryover of unfinished or new high rise startups ALREADY GREEN LIT by our current malignant city council & backed by our contemptible backroom inEpp city planners.

Our 2018 new city council will be hamstrung, having been deliberately paralyzed by our current city council’s “self defeating modus operandi: prophesying density demagoguery.”  It is my opinion none of our existing city council despicables deserve to be re-elected!

Which brings me to an agonizing decision I and my wife made over this past weekend.  This is no longer our Camelot and cannot consciously run for city council.  The upcoming EIGHT YEAR+ deconstruct of the existing Harry Jerome Lands across the street from us is a bridge too far.  We have just spent 18 months of the “destroy and build” new Sundance full market value apartment building while they displaced many low income renters from their family homes!  Simply put enough is enough!

We will eventually be leaving the North Shore and moving to a town or less congested city centre that will indeed offer senior artist’s like myself, affordability and a sustainable future, it’s out there, it’s just not here.

For as long as we live here, I will continue being a critical watchdog of our out-of-touch city council and our low life city planners – caricaturing their eroding ineptness.  Hopefully the new city council will not require as much satirical caricaturing… a new city council sinking in a leftover quagmire of MASSatto’s CityShaping fanaticism.  #cnvSOL