The Tyee on Nov. 20 featured an article by Jessica Barrett: “Five Policies That Would Have Helped Me Stay in Vancouver” All polices take ready aim – firing solutions to our GVR housing crisis. But unfortunately #4 has very LITTLE CHANCE of ever seeing daylight, especially here in our city until after October 20, 2018 in 46 weeks and 5 days from now – a time eternity for so many of us CNVites. https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2017/11/20/Policies-To-Help-Afford-Vancouver/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201117
And right on cue Grinch’s #1 pro mayor NSNews last Friday conveniently did what it does best i.e. babble on and on about our city’s indebtedness to Density Darrell’s developer pal and campaign double-dipping investor Darwin Properties. Up-selling sugarcoated collusion while ignoring the adverse effects in having MORE deconstruction, lane closures, gridlocked traffic, further transit overcrowding, air and noise pollution’s and the pillaging of even more of our city’s depleting green spaces at the expense of a mayor’s vainglorious failing legacy. #MussattoDMW http://www.nsnews.com/news/harry-jerome-neighbourhoods-lands-envisioned-1.23103770
Shamelessly proud was the tenor expressed in the city’s announcement of its latest prized ungreening of city land! Yes, the existing HJCRC facility is just over 50 years old but DOES NOT need to replaced. Rather what should be transpiring is simply pushing aside all city councillor egos and presumed legacies and initiate a state of the art overhaul to our rec centre with our fellow two North Shore Municipalities “contributing” to the to be modernized, upgraded HJCRC facility by constructing bucket wish items like: an Olympic size swimming pool, a 500 meter indoor track or newfound curling rinks. Is not our tiny enclaved city not congested and fractured enough City Councillors!
There is an upcoming first public open house on Dec. 6th, but really why the fawk bother. All you have to do is not go all that far back in time when Hollyburn’s new Marlborough 3 commercial apartment complex had its public hearings and NOT ONE PUBLIC HEARING or any COMMUNITY PETITION MADE ANY DIFFERENCE – NO MATTER HOW STRONG THE OPPOSITION! It was a per-ordained done deal that convoluted increased floor density by WTF: selling our City Hall’s air space at below market value to these vultures! Does anyone for a one moment not think that the SAME COLLUSION TACTICS will be made readily available unless…
There is an overdue civic election coming to town next October and with final approval on this project tentatively scheduled for next summer. I.E. will either wannabe mayor Councillor Buchanan or DNVC resident Back join Councillors Bell, Clark and Bookham and compromise their chances in being elected by having their names pegged to this suicidal, high density, traffic/transit nightmare. We know Mussatto and Keating have expressed concerns over any need for such a costly super-structure and without either yea vote, Buchanan or Back would have to cross the floor, default their Team Slate allegiance. And the odds of that ever happening should leave any new HJCRC plans on the drawing board… I can dream can’t I.