Back in the middle of last November the NSN did what I thought was a poignant “Menu” article on our housing crisis and the effects it is having on our overall social wellness and unaffordability. http://www.nsnews.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-what-goes-up-1.23101123
And after watching last Monday Night’s city council meeting lasting only 2 1/2 hrs. I could not help but sense how the aforementioned NSN article since its posting nothing as in ABSOLUTELY NOTHING has changed. The mindset at city hall continues to remain oblivious, unyielding, thirsting for more and more development superseding 2041 density levels. And lest we forget their hyperbolic contention – blaming our provincial and federal governments for not being able to kept pace with their neverending apocalyptic push beyond 2041-plus density/population levels!
A city hall turning a blind eye on its city’s social and sustainable wellness; like to date unwilling to offer REAL AFFORDABLE low income housing – 10/10/10 is a Heartless Joke when current market rental rates are already over $2,000 for a two bedroom!
And of course in our city it is not hard to trip over our inept city engineers who have turned a blind’s eye on our sidewalk’s “walkability”. Had this been a bike path…
Such is the undermining ineptness and disconnect that is consuming, eroding and diminishing our skilled work force and loss buying power generated by our seniors, low income and young families. A city unaware its future is today on life-support with no mythical saviour in sight… unless you believe in mystical screensavers or this inglorious city slicker. #CNVSOL
“There are men running governments who shouldn’t be allowed to play with matches” – Will Rogers
Well once again the Union of BC Municipalities during last week’s convention were not ready nor willing to concert a majority of its members eradicating corporate and union campaign money when it comes to their 2018 re-elections err city elections. And this bullshit argument that “this would certainly be an advantage to incumbents that people seeking a seat on council simply don’t enjoy” Really, in small towns and villages town hall meetings should suffice. But in every lower mainland city there is an uprising, a frustration surrounding all the unaffordable housing being constructed “at will” by bought and paid for mayors and their bankrolled infected city councillors. I think voters wont be fooled again by any mayoral or city councillor who is being financed – indebted to a developer, union or corporate “investor.” #wontBeFooledAgain
Further, any mayor or city councillor who has willingly supported this density-mania Asian invasion like: wannabe night-mayor councillor Buchanan. Will undoubtedly find themselves at the wrong end of the stick, targets, a bulls-eye for all “inner city” ignored, deprioritized infrastructures, parking deficiencies, traffic and transit congestion and gridlock! “Inner city density issues they created – not the province or TransLink.” … All the money in the world is not going to be enough to save their asses. #AssButtKicking
And I see on tonight’s agenda fight card Councillor Clark is proposing: ‘Below Market Rental Units in Multi-Family Developments’. Wanting the City to provide a minimum of 20% of units at a 10% below market rate in perpetuity. Only problem with this is in 2/3 years when these multi-housing projects are completed market rental rates will be in the neighbourhood of $2,500 to $3,000+. So how in the hell will our city’s 47% be able to afford $2,000 to $2,700 a month rent is beyond my cognizance. #NorthShoreHomelessFiguresUp