“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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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

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

“Be The First To Know” There is absolutely “no need” in having a fabricated new Harry Jerome Rec Centre Public Hearing. This Horse Trading deal is already in print!


How in the hell mayor and city councillor despicables can Darwin Construction via Colliers International Realty have had the audacity to send out to local business/retail establishments earlier this week a mail-out brochure prior any final decision making on their “leased” commercial spaces.  Retail floor plans they are currently advertising as office spaces you can now “own!” i.e. after complying with the requirements of the BC Real Estate Dev. Marketing Act and filing a disclosure statement.  #unlawfulAct

Two weeks ago city council only approved the rezoning of the Harry Jerome Lands to new unprecedented fornicating heights.  “NOTHING IS YET ETCHED IN STONE REGARDING THE FINAL USE OF THESE LANDS – TO BE DECIDED “IN COMBINE” WITH CITY COUNCIL AND NOT BEFORE THE NEW HJ REC CENTRE HAS BEEN APPROVED!”  #FoulPlay

Back in the nineties I was for 3 years the Art Director for the largest architect firm at the time in Alberta (TCEP).  I know how much design time and print turnaround it takes to produce one of these “sophisticated” candy coated colour brochures.  I designed umpteen of these type brochures, AO Boards and their annual calendar during my years at this architect firm.  Whom in 2010 merged with other architect and engineer firms across Canada and are now collectively known as DIALOG.

The point I am making is my credentials tell me this was not an overnight rush job!  Darwin under wraps may have been GREEN LIT months ago – prior the rezoning HJ Lands Public Hearing from only two weeks ago!  #collusion  #InsideJob

Darwin “is” a double-dipping donor to Mussatto’s 2014 campaign and is about to be richly rewarded 8 YEAR FOLD.  No commercial realtor would EVER RISK being LIABLE in selling retail space in a building(s) that has not yet been APPROVED by the respective CITY COUNCIL!  Nor would they ever be willing to waste money on a brochure on behalf of their “client” (Darwin) if they knew CNV City Council/City Planners and “mayor” were completely onside for this en mass mammoth fornicating development!  #InsideTrading

I have iterated over and over again about the backroom corrupt governance of our existing city council, city planners and our SELLOUT MAYOR.  I have truly had enough!  #Vote4ChangeOctober20

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