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

A Bridge Too Far: Any chance for an Integrated North Shore Planning Project to have any kind of Success it must First REALIZE ALL Future/Proposed High Rise Developments must be STOPPED Dead in their Tracks!


Again… any chance for an Integrated North Shore Planning Project to have any kind of success especially within our city limits, it must first REALIZE ALL future and proposed High Rise Developments must be STOPPED dead in their tracks!  A number of projects come to mind, one being an unwanted casino (with hotel?), another is the proposed too big for its britches massive Harry Jerome Rec Centre.  And where HJCRC and seniors lawn bowling have been located for over 50 years is where double dipping campaign donor Darwin Properties want to add around 1,500 MORE residents to our already 2041 growth rate – enough density!

Artistic License verses Poetic License


Isn’t it ironic how it is okay for the artist of “Lucy” the bronze camel that does not sit on public property rather on private Onni property can be declared public art.  And apparently alright for a city councillor wannabe night-mayor Buchanan to affirm “Lucy” a very finely craved single hump camel as the camel used during BC’s 19th century gold rush and not the historically correct “two hump” camel.

And yet apparently not okay for me to refer or infer the bronze camel  as “unLucky”.  A number of people have politely told me I stand to be corrected her name is Lucy not Unlucky.   I was simply giving the camel a “nickname”, a caricature pun, exhibiting  my poetic muse much like the camel’s sculptor exhibiting her artistic license.  I have since gone back into these blogs referencing the controversial bronze camel as Lucy as my poetic license seems to have been a bridge too far

Unlucky Lucy stands between whereby “facts” can be altered by boundless artistic interpretations and by detracting expressions.


“Don’t Tell Me What The Poets Are Doing”… RIP Gord Downie: The Tragically Hip