“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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City Council is ready & set to sign off on a monster Driftwood Co-housing project offering 8 at 25% below market housing prices at 2020/21 development costs! And in unison SOCKING IT TO residents on either side regarding height and side setbacks!


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…

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

Stache Cartoon Editorials Most Viewed for the month of May…


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

Your Orchestrated Jig is up City Council Despicables!


What happened at last Monday night’s farcical Public Hearing “in how” double dipping donor Darwin Construction got their rezoning bylaws fornicated was from my POV…  Nothing short of being a well staged, orchestrated, surreptitious ruse!  At the time I could not voice what I thought was about to go down during this “inside job public hearing” having been declared out of order by the mayor…  Fair enough, but this is my blog in which the mayor and or any city councillor has absolutely no out of order jurisdiction.

But first… Mr. Keating when I referred to Councillor Buchanan “in kind” as dear I did so without any intentional disrespectful manner.  Unlike your seemingly “silent support” of our mayor’s misogynist “camel toe” remarks during 2017’s final city council meeting.  Your BC NDP Party must be so damn proud of your apparent anti #metoo disposition.

With that out of the way let’s pretend and only pretend we are about to enter a NVCHall Twilight Zone “Staged Production”.

ACT 1:  Entering from stage right are 3 civic charlatans will name Bookham, Keating along with a Grinch-like mayor all deciding not to run in the upcoming city election.  Huddled over on stage left are city council jesters: virtual Bell, surly Clark, carpetbagger Back and wannabe night-mayor Buchanan.  #dispictables

ACT 2:  Finding ourselves trapped within this uneasy dimension the plot unravels.  Stage Right, the mayor dressed in his Emperor’s Clothing is acting like he is not supporting his buddies over at Darwin Deconstruct.  Keating will play the lead role as the detailing Devil and Bookham in contrast will be wondering aimlessly around down stage looking for her Olympic sized pool and Curling Rink.  #dazed&confused

Entering from Stage Left is surly Clark harping & barking over how his 3 to maybe 4 year Moody Villa rebuild is WTF: almost on the same scale as the proposed 8 to 10 year density congested, traffic & parking bedlam Darwin twin towering deconstruct that has attached to its meaty hip bone his damn proposed Titanic SportsPlex – really!  #EnoughBullshit

Councillor virtual Bell will try and use a little misdirection hoping you will believe him when he concocts a spell whereby there will only be “800 people in all of Darwin’s proposed 800 units.”  #hocuspocus

Wannabe night-mayor Buchanan will reenact one of her typical “covert roles” pretending to oppose both preordained coupled projects.  #disingenuous  As we now enter…

ACT 3:  Imposters Buchanan, Keating & mayor Grinch “KNOW” how their devoted Team Slate carpetbagger Back will play-out her final scene…  i.e. In FAVOUR of Darwin’s fornicating 30 & 26 storey “hair”-raising project.  Thereby surreptitiously “sheltering” wannabe mayor Buchanan from the angry city mob voters against either or both projects on October 20th.  And it also gives Grinch a free ticket out of “density jail” so he doesn’t look like he is indebted to his double dipping donor Darwin Deconstruct!  #MussattoTeamSlateDouble-Cross   #Vote4ChangeOctober20

ACT 4:  We escape back into our 3rd dimensional world left wondering IF the deceptive and immorally compassed comedy tragedy we just witnessed could ever play out here in our real world corrupt city council honouring 21st Century Density Horse Trading… hmm.

And of course The District  Trojan Crier/NSNews coverage so far has yet to figure out the real telltale plot behind Monday Night’s “clandestine Harry Jerome Lands Public Hearing.”   #readTheGlobalCanadian

Bike to Work Week is behind us but just like last week and every week renegade cyclist’s continue to disregard city stops signs and run red lights.


Having had many an exhilarating bike ride and with summery weekends ahead, a larger number of bike enthusiasts will be sharing our roads with motorists.  We need “all cyclists” to step up to the plate & play fair ball.

Cyclists are required to “obey the same traffic laws” as motorists. Seemingly most cyclists abide by the law, but still many cyclists continue to reject traffic laws: running red lights or stop signs, riding on the wrong side of the road, riding on sidewalks and not using bike lights at night.

Motorists often think of cyclists as having a renegade “above the law” attitude, which puts others on the road at risk, including themselves riding their defenseless no outer shell protected bikes.

As more city residents take up this very seasonal, weather permitting sport there will be more and more bad apples disregarding the rules of the road, i.e. cutting you off and giving you the usual one figure salute for honking at them while “knowingly” breaking the law.

It’s an unnerving double standard that has to stop.  It seems the only real solution is to “tag and plate” cyclist’s – copping a minimal fee.  Currently they are unaccountable, unidentifiable in their lawless road behaviour. These cyclists should be “receiving demerit points and charges laid” much like motorists when they break traffic laws.  #tag&plate

In today’s artwork in the upper left hand corner is the biker’s code for the road  that I would like to share and heed all cyclists to ensue…

As more residents are willing to motorcycle, scooter or (e)bike to work, our mayor as usual will be driving his “I love my Lexus” to work.  #hypocrite

I did it my way… thanks to my developer pal’s financing my 2014 re-election campaign hee, hee.


Mayor Mussatto has stated: “Where else can we put the density”.  Have we not lost enough green space and horizon views because of your over development.  And now city planners want to amend height and land use zoning bylaws in an area of our city deemed off limits to towering high rises.  Allowing a 28 storey residential tower north of 17th will be a “developer’s welcoming precedent” and once set will lead to even MORE towering high rises north of 17th!

All because of a too big for its britches swimming hole; a new Harry Jerome Centre that can only be realized by way of a looming EIGHT YEAR high rise development by Mussatto’s double dipping donor Darwin Properties. That’s EIGHT YEARS of ongoing intrusive density, air & noise pollution’s!  Any city councillor casting a yea vote to construct these joined at the hip cash-strapped projects may find a hovering albatross overhead, a Herculean deconstruct in not getting re-elected in 145 days.

In other sly news, Friday’s NSN aka “District Trojan Crier” reported on a city council agenda item “cannabis report update” they had to have received last Wednesday or Thursday.  Well before our City Clerk decides to let “it’s residents” have any insight into Monday’s city council agenda.  An agenda never posted until late Friday morning with the full agenda package not showing up if we’re lucky just before or after TGIF lunch.  An agenda on the sly for two weeks as last Monday was a stat holiday.