“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…

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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…

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)

Hold onto your electoral ballots Guy Heywood has thrown his hat into the mayoral ring.


First I want to thank all those who wanted to support my run for city councillor.  This was by no means an easy decision, triggered by June 18’s underhanded Harry Jerome Lands Rezoning Public Hearing and then the unconscionable audacity of Darwin/Collier Realty to release “in print’ the knowledge that Harry Jerome Lands behind Harry Jerome Neighbourhood resident’s back is a foregone conclusion!

The 8 to 9 years needed to construct these premeditated faulty towers and annihilation of the existing Harry Jerome Lands is the straw that broke my camel’s back.  I will not spend a decade in a convoluting “destroy and build” city council SELLOUT CONSTRUCTION ZONE!

Moving on…  We are only “101 days or 14 weeks + 3 days” away from electing a new mayor & hopefully six “new” neighbourly city councillors.  Currently we have two insiders and 1 1/2 outsiders, Guy Heywood having served previously on the 2009 city council running for mayor… Curious, does anyone know what happened to Heywood’s drummed-up NVCAA regime?  Their website is MIA.

With 4 candidates running for mayor maybe we’ll begin to read and hear a little “pre-season” mayoral race trash talk along with fireworks turfing and boasting on who is best suited to be our new leader.  Wouldn’t it be nice if these four familiar contenders inspired others to run for mayor.  Mayoral candidates bringing a breath of fresh air in social & economic perspectives.  Especially after being held hostage for 4 long years by a city council that is developer compliant and anti NIMBY!  But running for mayor ain’t cheap, same goes running for city councillor!

I left out pro-amalgamation George Pringle who has not officially thrown-in his hat into the mayor’s ring.  In the last election he received around 300 votes.  But it would be interesting in having two amalgamation candidates running and see who would get the majority of the CNV “307” who voted in favour i.e. twinning of our North Shore cities from the recent farcical District/NRG reunification survey.

In our upcoming election with limited mayoral spending limits and donor restrictions, don’t be surprised if at least one of our contender’s legitimacy is impaired by their campaign disingenuous endeavours.  Much like Guy Heywood noted & presented at a March 2015 city council meeting… https://nvcityvoices.wordpress.com/2015/page/14/

Let the mayoral war games begin!

 

Out of the 4 to 5 or will it be 6 running for mayor two are City Slicker Councillors coveting more density in just 113 days – 16 weeks!


Note: To be fair Councillor Clark has not made his mayoral candidacy official.  Maybe he is waiting to see just how much feeler support there is before tossing his “horse trading stetson” into the mayoral ring.  If Councillor Clark is running for mayor he and Buchanan would be running from a parallel kindred slate coveting more and more DENSITY continuing to turn their backs on NIMBY’s.  #enoughDensty

Councillor Buchanan has voted in favour of EVERY new highrise except for her recent mayoral campaign’s ‘the fix is in’ new Harry Jerome Mega Sports Complex allowing Darwin’s takeover of the existing HJ Lands.  And lest we forget IGNORING EVERY neighbourhood petition and helping to make a mockery out of every highrise public hearing.  Forever voting against resident concerns like Hollyburn’s new apartment building, allowing them to buy at below market value our city hall’s hovering density air in order to increase the height of “her” Hollyburn donor’s 13th & Lonsdale Marlborough 3 Commercial Apartment highrise from 12 to 17 floors!  #disingenuous

The same can be said about Councillor Clark who is on record for towering “community” horse trading with developers.  Two key huge projects come to mind; Polygon’s new Promenade Lower Lonsdale tower featuring a horse trading swap for extra floors blocking more area condo views in order to get the North Van Museum & Archives “squeezed” into a confined main floor space!  And if you want to epitomize horse trading we need to look no further than the about to be built 32 & 26 towering Darwin project in order to finance his damn $210+ million Titanic MegaDome Sporting Facility having “turned his back”, crapping on the majority of the Harry Jerome Community who are dead against both projects.  #screwNIMBYS

Is either councillor the kind of mayor you want i.e. bound & determined to further entrap our city into further highrise development.  Two infamous city councillors who don’t give a damn about NIMBY concerns having divorced themselves from Regional Growth Strategy Levels surpassing 2041 census.  Promoting Bike to Work Black Necklace lanes used by less than 2% of city residents OVER our city’s dire, unable to keep pace  infrastructures.  While also deliberately limiting residential and commercial street parking at ALL “their” construction & noise polluting sites beholding to “their” heavy equipment vehicles closing off residential street parking & causing constant lane closures…  No, then simply vote for change October 20th.  #weCANdoBetter  #noMoreDensity

With only “615 NV residents” taking part in the District/NRG survey is an endorsement, definitive proof that MOST NV residents DON’T WANT an amalgamation study!


With only “615” CNV/DNV residents responding to the District’s NRG survey represents a realized critical mass of those simply not interested in any amalgamation study.  A meek, weak survey based on hollow numbers is if anything irrelevant and INSIGNIFICANT and best re-defined as “North Shore Bolshevik-ism.”  #abstractSurvey #noInterest

Yet unbelievably a majority of the District Council lead by Councillor Bassam-vik are standing behind this “615 NV residents charade”, (and might be NVCAA’s Guy Heywood maybe running for CNV mayor?) – believing this “slim pickings survey” does in fact represent a majority of “the people”.  An inane adverse reality believing  “the 615 surveyed equals an 87% majority of CNV/DNVC voters” as ordained in the NRG Research Group’s +/- 3.9% at a 95% level of bullshit er confidence!”  #Trump-likeSurvey  #unconstitutional

And what is so damn hypocritical and reported by the District Trojan Crier aka NSNews is District Councillor Bassam now running for District mayor is pleading that “it is time for politicians to get out of the way and turn it over to the citizens.”  So why in the hell then is “he & his District city council NOT the CNV/DNV people” putting on their District election’s ballot a “peoples manifesto” seeking further study on this issue!  #DistrictCouncilTyranny  #undemocratic

Mayor Mussatto and rightly so does not trust the survey’s methodology stating: “The District is going rogue… their own study said amalgamation would not save rather cost the District money… this is a politically motivated populist tactic to distract from their issues… our city is seen as more progressive, more diverse… we’re doing just fine, thanks very much.”

Warning!… A highly contagious Density Virus has infected our entire City Council!


Today’s cartoon is actually a carbon update from one I did two years ago in “June 2015”.  When our mayor was chirping the “new norm” for a 2 bedroom apartment then was an outrageous $1,500 at his campaign donor FDG mixed property lane gobbling new highrise.  And to no one’s surprise FDG also received 12 bonus floors at their 161 E. Keith Rd. location.  At the time a typical 2 bedroom unit was renting for $1,100 a month.  Jettisoning to June 2018 a new market value 2 bedroom is around $2,500+!  Since 2015 the costs of rentals has jumped at least $1,000 a month, showing no signs of supply & demand leveling off!

With property values and accelerating construction costs also showing no signs in leveling off.  You can surely expect a “mid market value” two bedroom rental from last Monday Night’s 127/129 E. 12 St. Public Hearing that was approved 6 to 1 (Bell) will be $3,500 when completed in two years!  Their low income rentals marked down 10% for only 10 years will cost low income families a whopping unaffordable $3,150!  And this is ONLY for the first one year lease!  Then in perpetuity the landlord at today’s allowable rent increase of 4% –  rent in year 2 will be $3,250, in year 3:  $3,415, in 5 years a whopping $3.500 and in 10 years OMG: $4,000 plus!!  #RentalMortgageRates  #unaffordableRentalHousing

So when wannabe mayor Buchanan and now I hear maybe wannabe mayor Clark “home owners” and the rest of city council are in favour of 10/10/10 affordable rental housing.  Just keep in mind these new low income rentals are still at least one year away from offering 10% below market value.  At which point a 2 bedroom “low income rental” will be $3,000 a month!  These are NOT LOW INCOME AFFORDABLE RENTALS! 

Our city council wants you to believe they are seriously dealing with our low income rental crisis when in fact all they are promoting in this an election year is equivocating and pleading for low income electoral support!  Their vulturine developer buds WILL NEVER OFFER “real low income rental housing” at 50% below rental retail!

Low income housing can only largely come from Provincial and or Federal Government Assisted Programs.  Provincial (Liberal) programs Vancouver City and the District have previously and readily welcomed…  We under Mussatto’s CityShaping developer siege did not.  #Vote4Change