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!
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 years – perhaps 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…
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…
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
First I want to thank all those who wanted to support my run for city councillor. This was by no means an easy decision, triggered by June 18’s underhanded Harry Jerome Lands Rezoning Public Hearing and then the unconscionable audacity of Darwin/Collier Realty to release “in print’ the knowledge that Harry Jerome Lands behind Harry Jerome Neighbourhood resident’s back is a foregone conclusion!
The 8 to 9 years needed to construct these premeditated faulty towers and annihilation of the existing Harry Jerome Lands is the straw that broke my camel’s back. I will not spend a decade in a convoluting “destroy and build” city council SELLOUT CONSTRUCTION ZONE!
Moving on… We are only “101 days or 14 weeks + 3 days” away from electing a new mayor & hopefully six “new” neighbourly city councillors. Currently we have two insiders and 1 1/2 outsiders, Guy Heywood having served previously on the 2009 city council running for mayor… Curious, does anyone know what happened to Heywood’s drummed-up NVCAA regime? Their website is MIA.
With 4 candidates running for mayor maybe we’ll begin to read and hear a little “pre-season” mayoral race trash talk along with fireworks turfing and boasting on who is best suited to be our new leader. Wouldn’t it be nice if these four familiar contenders inspired others to run for mayor. Mayoral candidates bringing a breath of fresh air in social & economic perspectives. Especially after being held hostage for 4 long years by a city council that is developer compliant and anti NIMBY! But running for mayor ain’t cheap, same goes running for city councillor!
I left out pro-amalgamation George Pringle who has not officially thrown-in his hat into the mayor’s ring. In the last election he received around 300 votes. But it would be interesting in having two amalgamation candidates running and see who would get the majority of the CNV “307” who voted in favour i.e. twinning of our North Shore cities from the recent farcical District/NRG reunification survey.
In our upcoming election with limited mayoral spending limits and donor restrictions, don’t be surprised if at least one of our contender’s legitimacy is impaired by their campaign disingenuous endeavours. Much like Guy Heywood noted & presented at a March 2015 city council meeting… https://nvcityvoices.wordpress.com/2015/page/14/
Let the mayoral war games begin!
Today’s cartoon is actually a carbon update from one I did two years ago in “June 2015”. When our mayor was chirping the “new norm” for a 2 bedroom apartment then was an outrageous $1,500 at his campaign donor FDG mixed property lane gobbling new highrise. And to no one’s surprise FDG also received 12 bonus floors at their 161 E. Keith Rd. location. At the time a typical 2 bedroom unit was renting for $1,100 a month. Jettisoning to June 2018 a new market value 2 bedroom is around $2,500+! Since 2015 the costs of rentals has jumped at least $1,000 a month, showing no signs of supply & demand leveling off!
With property values and accelerating construction costs also showing no signs in leveling off. You can surely expect a “mid market value” two bedroom rental from last Monday Night’s 127/129 E. 12 St. Public Hearing that was approved 6 to 1 (Bell) will be $3,500 when completed in two years! Their low income rentals marked down 10% for only 10 years will cost low income families a whopping unaffordable $3,150! And this is ONLY for the first one year lease! Then in perpetuity the landlord at today’s allowable rent increase of 4% – rent in year 2 will be $3,250, in year 3: $3,415, in 5 years a whopping $3.500 and in 10 years OMG: $4,000 plus!! #RentalMortgageRates #unaffordableRentalHousing
So when wannabe mayor Buchanan and now I hear maybe wannabe mayor Clark “home owners” and the rest of city council are in favour of 10/10/10 affordable rental housing. Just keep in mind these new low income rentals are still at least one year away from offering 10% below market value. At which point a 2 bedroom “low income rental” will be $3,000 a month! These are NOT LOW INCOME AFFORDABLE RENTALS!
Our city council wants you to believe they are seriously dealing with our low income rental crisis when in fact all they are promoting in this an election year is equivocating and pleading for low income electoral support! Their vulturine developer buds WILL NEVER OFFER “real low income rental housing” at 50% below rental retail!
Low income housing can only largely come from Provincial and or Federal Government Assisted Programs. Provincial (Liberal) programs Vancouver City and the District have previously and readily welcomed… We under Mussatto’s CityShaping developer siege did not. #Vote4Change
Tonight’s 771 paged agenda will not disappoint the disappointed. Translink will be there, blatantly sugar coating their Marine-Main B Line Buses for late 2019 demanding curb right-of-way along Marine and Main. And the city is prepared to toss (only) $250K towards the Seabus Gateway Project. I say Instead of finishing the
Green Black Necklace bike path swerving in and around Harry Jerome lands knowing now it will have to be eventually bulldozed to make room for double dipping donor Darwin’s fornicating towering project. Would not these monies be better spent i.e. re-purposed on infrastructure projects like the Seabus Gateway… $250K seems a little on the sly-side in resolving our transportation problems.
There is also a Public Hearing for 127-129 E 12th as if the public contrary to our sanctimonious city council should even bother attending. And of course we could not have a council night go by where we did not “amend” zoning bylaws complying and enhancing developer profits. And as an extra treat we will also be “rescinding and amending” business bylaws.
Tonight our infamous Housing Action Team will be proposing amendments and rezoning options to meet our city’s (in)ability to sustain livability… Interesting and suspiciously enough their report wraps up with a “post-it board page” on Zoning Bylaw Livability Review – Summary of Open House Feedback. There are “21” post-it comments which are impossible to read but below they deciphered only “10” out of the 21… hmm too much repetitive negative feedback or just apathy? #disinformation
And our NVMA want to auction off a good chunk of our heritage wares since their new horse trading locale doesn’t even begin to “fit their existing needs.” Having gleefully given in exchange to Polygon Homes a much taller high rise in order to obstruct even more neighbourhood condo views. I see the most expensive item for sale is the “Aquarius Submersible” for only a grand, $1K… hmm, I have an idea.
“What if” we imagine and only imagine 100 density angered NIMBY residents (knowing there are a lot more) each contributed $10 and bought the Aquarius. At which point they then crammed our entire city Mussatto Team buffoons, inept city planners and city councillor horse traders into the newly re-painted Aquarius “Yellow Submersible” and lowered them deep into Burrard Inlet until after our October 20th elections.
Any anti density heritage takers out there… just mashing a little fun Beatles memorabilia with our City Hall’s never-ending submersible colluding protocol. Vote4ChangeOctober20
And how could I not… when imagination wasn’t density compliant.
The month of May started off led by our infamous OCP Dir. Mr. Epp telling us which neighbourhoods he would like to put his slot machines instead of where they should surely have gone… This eventually led to the defeat (being an election year) of any gaming establishment coming to town other than our already “many, many BC Lotto booths.”
Not to be outdone, our mayor referencing HJ Lands quipped: “If we can’t put the density here, where else can we put it!” And yet just last Monday Night at the HJ Lands Public Hearing he inadvertently voted against his double dipping donor Darwin Construction. Why would density Darrell vote against his density donor brethren?… see Friday’s blog #scandalous
And then I watched in dismay as all city council members in unison overturned our Canadian and BC Charter of Rights Freedoms in not allowing those wanting a head start running for city council or mayor in being able to erect lawn signs prior or bike rack signs during the “noted city election period.”… Of course back in 2014 these sign bylaws did not “apply” to mayor Massutto who placed many a “bike rack re-election sign” up and down Lonsdale Ave. during the election period! #MussattoAboveTheLaw
The unexpected highlight in May was out-of-towner Councillor Back turning against her fellow Team Hijackers in wanting to swell a too close to the sidewalk development into its Victoria Park Neighbourhood.
And with so much unwanted density being thwarted into our neighbourhoods; I could not help but do a little karaoke rewrite blog to the beat of: “I Did It My Way” dedicating it to our “you can never have enough density” mayor. #Vote4ChangeOctober20 #WeCanDoBetter