It has been a year of en masse density and traffic travesty
Thanks in part to Mayor Mussatto and his Team Slate Councillors:
Buchanan, Keating, Back… a city having forsaken its glory
Having SOLD its soul to vulturine invested developers.
I must say I was almost impressed by the NSNews poignancy when it came to our dire traffic woes featured in last Wednesday’s front page using recent Canada Statistics and follow-up over on their “viewpoint” editorial page validating just how bad our daily traffic commute has become. The paper gave DNV mayor Walton the last word conceding the need to build strategic town centres and affordable housing… But what he didn’t say and the “NSSnooze” did not ask him was: is he willing to put a temporary hold on new condo highrise developments. And why does he think the BC NDP are seriously studying “mobility pricing” since they ran and got elected promising the elimination of bridge tolls. The kiss of death… just ask the BC Liberal Party and what will surely befall any mayor supporting mobility pricing during the 2018 civic elections.
I also can’t help but be a little suspicious why the NSN did not let our CNV mayor weigh in on this congested conundrum. You know the mayor who just spent over $20 million taxpayer’s money so 2.5% cyclists can bike to work. A mayor who continues to prioritize condo highrise developments and NOT mini malls having parkades or crusading for affordable government assisted housing. An autocratic inglorious mayor who sold our city to his campaign vultures whose profit margins would be negatively impacted by constructing any of the aforementioned. And then again WHERE would in our little enclosed city would one find an empty lot or any demo potential property that hasn’t already been forfeited to an IOU developer from “behind closed doors”… ho, ho, ho.
Paul Sullivan contributing writer to the NSN reported on a recent North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce “traffic yammering” Breakfast. A morning brekkie featuring guest “pro density” speakers MLA’s Thornthwaite, Sultan and parliamentary secretary for TransLink and pro cyclist’s Ma. http://www.nsnews.com/opinion/columnists/sullivan-adding-housing-will-not-remove-traffic-jams-1.23103434
Three unlikely bedfellows whom have copiously rationalized and no doubt had a little help from their respective mayors and BFF city councillors, i.e. the “hostage takers” behind our traffic woes. Despicable’s indebted to their campaign development backers and vainglorious egos; having heedlessly voted in favour of EVERY high density project after another to the point where we have now surpassed 2041 regional levels!
MLA Densifier’s Dumb, Dumber and Dim-wit (you decide which one is which), had better soon realize their pro density North Shore city councillor pals come next year’s civic elections may not as in probably won’t be re-elected with a few of these City Slickers like our mayor not running for re-election. At which point ALL three MLA’s will be confronted by new city hall board of directors. North Shore City Councils that won’t be in favour of more density, more unaffordable development nor will they ever be in favour of taxing our highways and bridges… and there lies your Density Fate of ever again getting re-elected.
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.
The big winners in the most viewed category had to do with the erection of Lucy the one hump wonder camel that sure curtailed a lot of controversy which led to OMG two Onni employees attacking an innocent senior cripple in front of their new CentreView Towers complex. There were two other blogs related to this camel-eon bronze nudging right on the heels of the top five.
The other two big stories of the month evolved around wasting WTF: $6million on a connector Spirit Trail Bridge that took precedent over our many crippling infrastructures. City council choosing instead to pillage taxpayer’s money and continue to “fund” Density Mussatto’s Dead Man Walking & Cycling Legacy… While Guy Heywood wannabe new sheriff begins to roundup his Team Slate er Team Posse.
Last Saturday on the 11th hour, on the 11th day and in this 11th month we remembered our brave Canadian soldiers, heroes who fell during the last two World Wars and during peace times. While also giving thanks to our armed forces who continue to serve and protect the democratic rights and freedoms of our country…
Now if we could only get a majority of city councillors to SERVE AND PROTECT the democratic rights and concerns of its citizens. Thereby renouncing their autocratic indebtedness to their 2014 developer donors and forfeit the prioritizing of bike lanes for the 1.2% whom only bike to work. While improving and initiating parking solutions and parkades for businesses and residents caught in bumper to bumper rush hour traffic stemming from all the en masse density developments our Mussatto Team Slate have recklessly fronted.
Is asking Mussatto and his Team Councillors to be resident patriots a bridge too far?.. sadly yes. #CNVSOL