With Mussatto’s Team Slate closing in on its last couple months of rule… they are certainly going out in one hell of a last minute pro Hollyburn density rush. Is there any city in the lower mainland that has been so deliberately turned upside down by a city council, willingly ignoring and opposing city residents concerns over their unprecedented high rise charge to their fatal finish line. #NIMBYdisconnect
Their intent has been quite clear: “screw NIMBY neighbourhood concerns,” “ignore Regional Growth Targets,” “making damn sure our OCP is developer compliant,” “build black necklace bike paths for the less than 2% who cycle to work year round,” “believe TransLink will eventually resolve most of our commuter congested problems over the next decade. – If you believe that, I have a bridge I can sell you dirt cheap.” And of course “making it extra difficult for businesses to find & maintain employees who can’t afford our gentrified city,” and “limit commercial and residential street parking.” Signed, sealed and delivered by Mussatto’s engineered 2014 CityShaping City Council. #Vote4ChangeOct20
And of course how could I not…
When it comes to housing affordability on the North Shore much like in Vancouver City; it is becoming more and more unattainable for our seniors/pensioners, fixed and low income earners and yes our Millennials and generations thereafter. The reality and future economic and social wellness of our city is in dire straits with not only small business leaving or considering to leave but so are our Millennials having had enough! Unwilling to pay soaring rents with no return on their investment with up to 4% rental hikes each and every year thereafter… #time4millennialsMoveOn
Any Millennial family trying to save for one of our ridiculously overpriced $1 to 1.5 plus million priced homes/condos will take them IF they are able to save 20% of their approx. $68K annual income up 20 YEARS compared to Toronto 4.6 yrs. and Edmonton’s one year!. source: Star Metro Vancouver: Aug. 1/18 & Point2Homes: https://www.point2homes.com/news/canada-real-estate/average-national-home-price-buy-bedrooms.html
It’s becoming more and more apparent why our North Shore culpable density mayors: Mussatto & Walton are unwilling to run for re-election in cities they have fornicated beyond recovery… and thus tarnishing their vainglorious legacies. What they don’t realize is their legacies have already been condemned for ever and ever amen.
A song that is as relevant today as it was 40 years ago when it comes to peoples’ hopes and dreams being shattered by greed & ignorance…
My morning CoffeeBrew crowd have ordained Councillors Back, Clark, Bell & Bookham as the “Four Horsemen of the Harry Jerome Apocalypse.” The density flood gates are forever open thanks to these four despicables. And developers will make damn sure Darwin’s “city council” approved 30 tower is the new density bar, aka height standard for all new projects north of 17th Avenue. #CollusionGluttonyHypocrisySabotage
Well at least those of us north of seventeenth like me know who not to vote for on October 20th. It is also a good reason why we should also release (if we only could) our city administrators i.e. OCP City Planners and Engineers who have embraced the new towering heights demagoguery north of 17th and every other high rise project throughout our city since 2014. Anti NIMBY’s who have made a complete mockery out of our OCP and on the record City Planning Dir. Mr. Epp repudiating Regional Growth Strategy Levels now sitting somewhere beyond 2041 population growth levels. #CityHallCorruption
And lest we forget and never ever should we let wannabe night-mayor Buchanan off the hook. EVERYWHERE you turn you are sooner than later faced with a “Buchanan” detour, a lane closure, a construction site delay or left frustrated trying to find street parking in and around every damn construction site. Especially right now on Keith Rd. east and on 3rd Street between Queensbury and St. Andrews – what a bottlenecking nightmare they are during 3 to 6 pm rush hour!
EVERYONE of these developments, including the new Hollyburn apartment project which is of course thanks to our developer compliant city hall is permitted to shut down the curb lane at the intersection of Lonsdale and 13th for the next couple of years at their leisure. You can emphatically BLAME BUCHANAN and her fellow Mussatto Team Slate that includes non city resident Holly Back. Despicables who IGNORED EVERY Hollyburn neighbourhood petition, Public Hearing and emails against this colluding project… More city resident voters you can “count on” not willing to elect any Mussatto Team Slate collusion member running in our October 20 civic election. #Enough2014CityCouncil
Last Monday Night’s jammed packed fight card featured many bouts with all OCP amendments, rezoning bylaws and new projects being the big winners. And now for the next 8 weeks we all get a break from city council’s love affair with en masse developments. Though we will have to all still put up with the never ending noise pollution from gravel and ready mix cement trucks sitting out in front of your favourite Lonsdale coffee shops. Shouting back and forth over the annoying hyper sounds of Mussatto’s CityShaping. Not to mention all the construction site street delays, traffic congestion and reduced street parking!
On the streets and in coffee shops everybody’s talking about the proposed Harry Jerome (Titanic) SportsPlex. But we must all keep an open mind, acknowledging our infamous 2014 elected city council has not written a blank cheque for the project… yet. Hopefully the new elected city council will downsize and have a little more mercy on city taxpayers as annual operating costs are projected to be in and around six million and city property taxes will be going up 2.2%!
Anyone running for city council like Councillors Clark, (Bell) & non city resident Back bantering a $237+ million Harry Jerome SportsPlex undoubtedly will be – swimming up stream – when it comes to voter support north of City Hall, where a majority are dead against this Titanic sinkhole. #vote4ChangeOct20
And just how did we get to this culpable Tsunami… here is my POV video composite from last Monday night’s main bout: Harry Jerome Financing Structure & Risk…
With 1,602 pages of in-haste density being ram-chucked through last Monday Night’s contemptible city council meeting, it is no wonder they will need 8, that’s eight weeks to recuperate. Retreating to their ivory towers, having preposterously made a complete farce out of the OCP and Regional Growth Strategy guidelines and DEVASTATING the Harry Jerome Neighbourhood! Councillors Back, Clark, Bell & Bookham “4 to 3” subservient horse traders, in unison turned their backs on HJ neighbourhood resident concerns… and yes leaving taxpayers on the hook for any (inevitable) development overruns!
Since our 2014 last elections we have witnessed the en masse deconstruct of our city and City Council; developer bought & paid for and lovin’ to horse trade with Mussatto’s vulturine campaign donors! (more in Friday’s video blog) #HadEnoughBuchananClarkBellBack!
Side Bar: What to expect during the city campaigning days of summer… “Anti-developer rhetoric shaping campaigns ahead of Vancouver election.” https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-anti-developer-rhetoric-shaping-campaigns-ahead-of-vancouver-election/?utm_source
Worth mentioning: Once again Upper Lonsdale Businesses were at the mercy of LL’s watery plunge… sales noticeably down, especially at the UL coffee shops I visited over the weekend. Thanks to our mayor and city council this city will always be a Tale of Two Cities: the Lower Haves and the Upper Have Nots. #UpperLonsdaleSOL
Today’s Sunday blog is a precursor i.e. what to expect in tomorrow’s Harry Jerome Titanic Rec Centre “PROJECT APPROVAL” and Harry Jerome’s Financing Structure and (Genga) Risk. The following video clip features none other than our infamous mayor from last Monday’s Night’s NV Museum & Archives main event. Even though the subject in question was the financial overruns & shortfalls with the NVMA. The mayor could not help but point out the crossover similarities when it comes to the proposed Titanic HJ Sports Centre. Identifying the en masse density explosion that is about to consume Upper Lonsdale Communities… An unprecedented 8+ Years devastation – deteriorating its livability and social wellness! And lest we forget its inevitable UNAFFORDABILITY for anyone/family making annually less than $150K by 2023-5. #unaffordableHousing #MASSattoVille
With the Harry Jerome Lands twin faulty towers “already in print” the landscape of Upper Lonsdale will now and forever be under attack by fornicating vulturine developers like Darwin! #UpperLonsdaleSOL
With our runaway development and neverending amending or superseding rezoning bylaws being approved like at last Monday night’s city council meeting… Is finally having an on the wane affect leading to more & more CNV residents saying enough is enough; revolting against their en masse unaffordable density demagoguery. Hopefully they and many more will emphatically Vote for Change on October 20th.
Everywhere I turn neighbours are fed up with all the construction lane closures, bus overloads, shrinking commercial parking and businesses unable to find affordable qualified help. #cnvSOL
And here is the kicker… it WILL and can only get WORSE with our city council’s 11th hour efforts to ram through city council as many density developments as possible on behalf of their vulturous developer pals and in the name of their vainglorious infamies. #Vote4ChangeOctober20