Alas my worst low income housing fears are coming to fruition when you have Vancouver City and their city planners resolving their low income housing crisis by building WTH: “for profit affordable rental housing”.
And profits there will certainly be: a walk-in closet size studio’s will go for $1,385 a month. A little one bedroom is $1,638 a month, a ’70’s sized one bedroom is now a two bedroom for only $2,459 a month and a three-bedroom cookie cutter is only WTF: $3,109! Welcome to the Vancouver’s new low income family affordable unaffordable rental housing.
And of course CNV is mirroring Vancouver’s low rental hypocrisy with our current asinine new rental project base criteria 10/10/10: 10% of units at 10% under market value and for only 10 years! Full market rental rates which will exceed the aforementioned “for profit affordable rental housing” when our new “mortgage rate” rental developments come to market in 2019/20. #cnvSOL
But what is really worrying-some in our little enclave density compacted city is: there is virtually NO LAND LEFT to construct low affordable housing. And thus any Provincial and/or Federal grant financial assistance for “real affordable” low income housing can never be realized!
…Unless instead of building a new damn Mega Sportsplex we reserve portions of these newfound lands for future Federal/Provincial subsidized low income housing. Thus saving Norseman Park, lawn bowling greens, tennis courts, Silver Harbour Seniors Centre and renovating our existing Harry Jerome, i.e. sparing them from Darwin’s guillotine: a Mussatto double dipping campaign donor. #noMoreDensity
And for the record a Harry Jerome renovation is realistically possible, much like we have witnessed throughout our city as developer after developer has been demolishing blocks of “50 to 60 year old walk-up apartment buildings” – replacing them with larger more energy efficient rental housing. It is really that easy and cost effective.
But sadly we have a majority of city councillors who want to take away the “integrity” of our Harry Jerome “community recreational centre” and turn it into a farcical Sports Paradise by the only means available… “DEVASTATING” an entire neighbourhood for 8 YEARS! #lestWeForgetOctober20
Translink feels all we need “to hold us over” on yonder North Shore is a couple more buses and one more scheduled seabus during peak hours…. sounds fair if you live in Surrey or looking for a new rail transit extension from Broadway to UBC. #ScrewNorthShore
NOW that we know the North Shore is not a priority with the Translink brass and with traffic and commuter congestion at an all time precedent high. Our transportation problems can only IMPLODE then EXPLODE since Translink will not be seriously addressing our dire transportation issues until MAYBE Phase 3 – ten years from now!
Our North Shore cities (especially CNV) must STOP all new “proposed” high rise development like: Darwin’s HJ Lands as we now know is SHORT ON CASH and “is going to take WTF 8+ years to complete!” A project strongly opposed during the last Town Hall Meeting. A development in total disregard to OCP zoning height restrictions and will further handicap our traffic woes, increase street parking shortages and further contribute to our city bus overloads – all in the name of North Van Fornication.
Same holds true re: $160+ million HJ MegaDome that will take 3+ YEARS to complete and will be SHARING 23rd Street with Darwin’s en masse development! #RenovateHarryJeromeRecCentre #ItCanBeDone
We are running low on green spaces, trapped in traffic gridlock all day amidst TransLink shortcomings! #NoNorthShoreReliefInsight
We are in a transportation crisis on the North Shore – Translink and our NDP parliamentary secretary responsible for TransLink MLA Ma seemingly could care less… and the same can be said about our infamous mayor & his subordinate city planners! The Translink Phase Two Investment Plan has very little to offer in the way of transportation relief on the North Shore! #NothingWillChange #NorthShoreSOL
Am still receiving feedback buzz over last Monday night’s Victoria Park breakdown (breakup?) among the mayor’s Team Slate city councillors. An actual Mussatto Team Slate councillor (Holly Back) finally went against the conventions of Team Slate empowerment and LISTENED to the Victoria Park residents outcry that these encroaching townhouses is not the kind of development “they want” in their neighbourhood. #takingBackOurCity
The argument by the mayor and councillors Buchanan and (BC NDP President) Keating is this project represents the new sociology paradigm shift having 5 ft setbacks from the sidewalk and everyone must ante up more money for an inconvenient self-storage locker! What was also grossly undermined was the fact these “4” low income family and senior homes were still a good FULL TWO YEARS away from completion. Leaving councillor Buchanan in some kind of a suspended Twilight Zone Warp – avoiding the obvious – not admitting these low income housing are needed TODAY never mind two years from now. #disingenuous
I realize I am beginning to sound a lot like a broken record. But the unaffordability of our city for far too many low income and millennial type families is also impeding local small businesses survival in finding dependable staff – in retrospect began back in 2015 and 2016. This is when Mussatto’s gang of four and his inept city planners callously put the cart (fast-tracking new higher market rentals) ahead of the horse (displacing low income renters with no short term affordable rental relief). #SHAME! #10/10/10-BS!
And lest we forget the previous provincial Liberal government did offer substantial ($500 million) subsidized low income housing which OMG the cities of Vancouver and even the District embraced! But our city remorselessly turned its back on this much needed low income relief. #Vote4Change #Vote4Stache #Enough!
One of my all-time favourite artist’s… campaign theme song?
JJ Cale (enough is enough) Bring Down the Curtain (close the door)
Last Monday night on cue: mayor Mussatto and his empowering autocratic Team Slate Hijackers once again by a 4 to 3 shoot-out win; defended and supported one of their IOU campaign investors er donors aka Pezzente Holdings. Once again these 4 despicables IGNORING, turning their backs on the strong neighbourhood opposition to this project in its current state. Championing the unnecessary closure of 26 St. west at Lonsdale Ave, loss of green park area and applauding Pezzente’s erroneous traffic survey backed by our subpar City Planner’s insidious endorsement of this burgeoning apartment complex beyond the footprint of the existing legal property lines. #Collusion #Betrayal
“Where and How” mayor you have been failing is: every time one of “your” campaign investor’s comes to the plate at city hall, they get to hit a seamless grand slam. In conjunct with city planners enabling ability to amend and hit rezoning bylaws out of our city’s OCP ballpark while REPUDIATING Regional Growth Strategy Targets! #Shame!
Thus the impetus behind today’s cartoon… I have had enough! On October 20th say NO to wannabe mayor Linda Buchanan, we need not a devoted Mussatto Team Slate player continuing his psycho-ling path, density agenda! #Enough!
*The source of the underlining street art wishes to remain anonymous.
First up on tonight’s fight card is City Council’s third and final bylaws reading at 2601 Lonsdale by Pezzente Holdings a Mussatto campaign donor and will likely IGNORE most of last Monday night’s public hearing neighbourhood concerns over lane infringement, shrinking setbacks, street closing, taking away a neighbourhood park. But will reduce the height of the building to OCP guidelines and maybe turn it into an all rental building that certainly our low income families will never be able to afford. When it is completed late in 2020 who will want to live in this mortgage rate based rental building without ample parking. #collusion
Then at 7 pm we have the first Public Hearing for 230-232 East 8th Street (Cascadia Green Dev.) Rezoning Application from March 7th moved by “Councillor Keating and of course seconded by Councillor Buchanan.”… to permit the development of a six 3-storey townhouse units including 4 accessory lock-off units – imagine that. #maximumOCPpollution
Then after a short recess the 2nd Public Hearing will address the multi-rise development at 151 East Keith in Victoria Park. Proposing to permit the development of 3 infill residential buildings, consisting of 40 residential rental units, in addition to the “existing tower” and decreasing setbacks from 25 ft. to an UNPRECEDENTED 5 ft.! And further requesting/reducing parking from 0.75. down to 0.70!… Where I’m thinking a community name change is in order, something more apropos like: Manhattan Park-N-Lot #DensityPollution
Tonight’s city council fight card features: Property Tax Rate Increases, Drinking Water Conservation Plan Bylaw and two Public Hearings. First up addressing bylaws prohibiting Mary Jane non-medicinal Cannabis Production via BCLDB city sales then forwarded to a Public Hearing.
The second Public Hearing entertains the density onslaught at 2601 where the developer Pezzente Holdings and GBL Architects present their case for wanting to ROB a long withstanding green space, expand their development over a lane thus hindering all emergency vehicle accessibility. While in the same breath tooting i.e. farting: REDUCED MID RENTAL RATES BASED ON 2016 NUMBERS against when finished in late 2019 early 2020 the guaranteed much higher rental rate being closer to OVER 2K A MONTH! #cnvSOL
Meanwhile just up the street DNVC Council will be proposing to induct a very “one-sided” city council reunification survey between our two cities. The logistics make since from their perspective with little left in their financial reserve tank, and having green stamped large areas from potential development. So who do you bust for future density growth and financial stability – why of course North Vancouver City! #UpYours!
I am amused by the likes of District councillor Bassam in the NS Rag preaching the advantages in the reunification between the two cities. Does this mean he and his District are willing to pay for half of the proposed new $160+ million Harry Jerome Centre – think not. Instead they would prefer to deflect such issues and prop city service duplication’s as why we should be merging kin. Which of course has little bearing on some of the real reasons like: little density left at the District Inn, suspect financial reserves and a seemingly lack of identity without a business and social waterfront gathering centre OR a $140 million grab-bag their city council would dearly love to gorge. #GetStuffed
My video streaming works held down 3 of the 5 top editorial cartoon blogs for the month of March. Viewership this time last year is definitively on the up swing – thank you. #Vote4StacheOctober20
March having WTF: only two council meetings still left me with a lot of Black Necklace fleecing, possible Public Input collusion, to strange bedfellows, proposing more HJ Lands towering density and hoping for real change come election night October 20th – Hallelujah! #Vote4ChangeOctober20