NDP MLA Ma’s INSTPP (Integrated North Shore Transportation Planning Project) is really nothing more than a MISTPP


During last Monday’s Night’s “32 Agenda Items wallowing in 696 pages” fixated on ramin’ & jamin’ through as many new zoning bylaws, rezoning amendments was the passing of MLA Ma’s INSTPP…  A wonderful passive aggressive: not today and certainly not tomorrow resolve to our North Shore Traffic Woes.  Or what I prefer to milquetoast as a MISTPP: Micromanaging Incompatible Sacrificial Transportation Planning Project.

I’ll save Monday Night’s City Council’s 2 Public Hearing buffoonery for Friday’s blog… As what should not be overlooked is our four out of the six homespun mayoral candidates were interviewed on CBC’s Early Edition Stephen Quinn Show “traffic themed” podcast last week.  The podcast certainly offered insight into just how proverbial contentious and artful these wannabe mayoral contenders – no holds  barred – plan to be.

There were two standouts for me, first was Linda Buchanan a leader over the last four years for en masse development, renter displacement and having one of the worst city council attendance records over the last fours years swears she has definitive Fake News insight much like MLA Ma, debunking there is no way density contributes to our inner city traffic or commuter woes!

So… when your campaign donor Hollyburn completes its Marlborough 3 OCP 17 bonus floors of density amidst a strong NIMBY petition you flat-out ignored along with voting in favour of Onni’s Centre View twin towers another one of your campaign donors on the adjacent Lonsdale corner will NOT IMPACT the already heavily congested Lonsdale & 13 St. intersection where bus stop overloads are the norm coming from Lynn Valley’s bursting at the seams buses – really.  Even if say up to 60% of new building residents cram themselves into a bus, bike or walk to work that still results in a 40% increase in traffic volume!

Secondly, the mayoral candidates acknowledged the need for improved “transit” access to North Van.  But it was “only Guy Heywood” who took a “North Shore city bus” to the CBC podcast locale in Vancouver City.  One of the few times there was no rhetoric spewing out of the mouths of the other car loving mayoral candidates…  Interview starts at about the 11 minute mark of the podcast – you decide.

As I continue my blog campaign to “displace” from City Hall our pro density & horse trading councillors from civic office. #Vote4ChangeOct20

Here are my July’s Most Viewed…


There was a lot more traffic to my blog site this July compared to any previous July numbers.  Videos still stealing the top spots with NVMA (500+views) and HJ Titanic (300+views).  For that matter all top 5 had over 250 views each – muchas gracias.  And lest we forget:  #Vote4ChangeOct20

Wannabe night-mayor Linda Buchanan hails: “noise is a reality of living in an urban community.”


Re: Anthem’s new 225-unit faulty rental tower… are you ready, night-mayor-ish Linda Buchanan hails: “noise is a reality of living in an urban community” – BULLSHIT Buchanan!  Noise brought on by YOUR DAMN DONOR DEVELOPERS coercing our communities into massive construction zones!.  Distressing sounds caused by your unconscionable inability to rationalize when the sustainability and wellness of its city is at a point of no return and still all you and the rest of your fornicating city council in an unanimous decision want is to further pollute our city with more damn UNAFFORDABLE RENTAL DENSITY!   #BuchananCrapola

In a wishful thinking world we could find a developer willing to build a “Driftwood Village Cohousing like Project” right next door to Buchanan’s home and instead of a little housing development next door to Mussatto’s home we could build a 25 storey 10/10/10 mixed condo/rental building and see how he (she) would like having construction chaos & noise pollution right next door for two to three years followed by years and years of neighbourly traffic congestion.  Something neither one would ever allow in their “urban tempered community’s.”  #MussattoBuchananHypocrisy

The good news if my coffee shop poll numbers are any kind of a pre-election indicator, we only have to put up with these shameless city councillors: Buchanan, Back, Clark and Bell? – is up to and only till the end of October.   Running on a :”we need more density platform” is a self-defeating, death defying act in asinine retentiveness.  #Vote4ChangeOct20

North Van City Millennial Housing Dreams Being Shattered By Our City’s Unaffordable Housing!


When it comes to housing affordability on the North Shore much like in Vancouver City; it is becoming more and more unattainable for our seniors/pensioners, fixed and low income earners and yes our Millennials and generations thereafter.  The reality and future economic and social wellness of our city is in dire straits with not only small business leaving or considering to leave but so are our Millennials having had enough!  Unwilling to pay soaring rents with no return on their investment with up to 4% rental hikes each and every year thereafter…  #time4millennialsMoveOn

Any Millennial family trying to save for one of our ridiculously overpriced $1 to 1.5 plus million priced homes/condos will take them IF they are able to save 20% of their approx. $68K annual income up 20 YEARS compared to Toronto 4.6 yrs. and Edmonton’s one year!.  source: Star Metro Vancouver: Aug. 1/18 & Point2Homes: https://www.point2homes.com/news/canada-real-estate/average-national-home-price-buy-bedrooms.html

It’s becoming more and more apparent why our North Shore culpable density mayors: Mussatto & Walton are unwilling to run for re-election in cities they have fornicated beyond recovery… and thus tarnishing their vainglorious legacies.  What they don’t realize is their legacies have already been condemned for ever and ever amen.


A song that is as relevant today as it was 40 years ago when it comes to peoples’ hopes and dreams being shattered by greed & ignorance…

The city’s last council meeting before an 8 week hiatus ended as I predicted in a “4 to 3” snort, ne-e-eigh decision to spend AT LEAST $237 MILLION on a new Harry Jerome Titanic SportsPlex!


With 1,602 pages of in-haste density being ram-chucked through last Monday Night’s contemptible city council meeting, it is no wonder they will need 8, that’s eight weeks to recuperate.  Retreating to their ivory towers, having preposterously made a complete farce out of the OCP and Regional Growth Strategy guidelines and DEVASTATING the Harry Jerome Neighbourhood!  Councillors Back, Clark, Bell & Bookham “4 to 3” subservient horse traders, in unison turned their backs on HJ neighbourhood resident concerns…  and yes leaving taxpayers on the hook for any (inevitable) development overruns!

Since our 2014 last elections we have witnessed the en masse deconstruct of our city and City Council; developer bought & paid for and lovin’ to horse trade with Mussatto’s vulturine campaign donors!  (more in Friday’s video blog)  #HadEnoughBuchananClarkBellBack!

Side Bar: What to expect during the city campaigning days of summer…  “Anti-developer rhetoric shaping campaigns ahead of Vancouver election.” https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-anti-developer-rhetoric-shaping-campaigns-ahead-of-vancouver-election/?utm_source

Worth mentioning:  Once again Upper Lonsdale Businesses were at the mercy of LL’s watery plunge…  sales noticeably down, especially at the UL coffee shops I visited over the weekend.  Thanks to our mayor and city council this city will always be a Tale of Two Cities:  the Lower Haves and the Upper Have Nots.  #UpperLonsdaleSOL

“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…

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…