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…
Featuring July through December’s NeverEnding Mussatto Team Slate Oligarchy Governance.
December’s featured cartoon was based on a recent conversation our waitress shared with us at a local Italian restaurant. She overheard us talking about how rent was getting out of reach for so many local residents. She wasted no time letting us know her parents were paying $1400 a month for her full basement suit a few blocks away while she was taking courses at Cap U. She also iterated after finishing her studies she was going to look for career opportunities anywhere but on the North Shore as it was just too expensive – it didn’t make sense to her. She grew up in a nice large family home with a big backyard that she missed and knew the only way she could ever see her dream home realized was to live in a small town in the BC interior far away from our North Shore unaffordability!
What our Mayor and his Team Slate Hijackers don’t realize is many of our Millennial’s want a home and not a cookie cutter apartment or as our waitress put it or a concrete condo. Our mayor brags about the new attainable norm for our city is stacked cookie cutter condos and high ticketed apartments that “generational Canadians” are snubbing their noses at saying: “see ya”. Our city is unfortunately attracting residents from Asia and other parts of the world where pricey stacked living conditions is the norm. Most seemingly never expecting an affordable single detached home with a backyard, deck and double car garage.
So NV-ites we will not become a Ghost Town rather a culturally diversified, politically correct city where English will eventually become an optional second language… a consequential reality after fast-tracking density overload down the throats of its seniors, fixed income and blue collar: low to middle income generational families.
Featuring January through June’s NeverEnding Mussatto Team Slate Oligarchy Governance…
…And it is a little ironic that way back last January I felt since having done a lot of illustrations for developers via architects. It was only a matter of time before Hollyburn Properties owning the north and west corner of Lonsdale an 13 Street. (see January’s cartoon) Would knock on the mayor’s backroom door and say something like: hey density lover Mussatto time to shove our over density commercial and apartment development down the throats of those who elected you but did not ever help pay for your re-election campaign like we did. And while we are at it we will STEAL some of your city hall’s FSR – now pay up!