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…
What the hell is wrong with this city… we have a City Council, Hollyburn Family Services Society, Community Housing Action Committee, Generation Squeeze? and LL Business Improvement Area all on board for MORE UNAFFORDABLE RENTAL HOUSING. #RentalMortgageRates
When Anthem gets around building their faulty tower market valued apartment building in 3 years and given how construction costs keep rocketing skyward, rents should be hovering around $3,000 for a two bedroom. Take 10% off 3K and rent will still be at an unaffordable $2,700! And what these nincompoops keep avoiding is EVERY YEAR everyone of these rental units will have their rent increased by up to 4% each and every year thereafter! I for one as a senior could never afford one of these hoity toity 10/10/10 units even it they were for perpetuity! What our infamous city council is really offering in low income rental units is: 10/10+4/10!
And I also see in the news the other day oh boy, the Bolshevik District Council lead by Bolshie Bassam just don’t know when to quit. Willing to throw away $100K towards a reunification study that would hopefully lead to an amalgamation plebiscite after their new October 20th District Council has been elected. With the belief of course Bolshie will be at the helm and CNV will elect maybe pro amalgamation Guy Heywood as mayor with enough pro Bolshevik elected city councillors to overturn our existing city council’s nixing of amalgamation. #NoHopeInHell
белиберда (balderdash, nonsensical)
I have come to realize the current towering deconstruct state of our once unassuming enclave city is sadly well beyond repair. The social and economic wellness of our city has been flushed down the toilet in a whirlpool of perverse and deliberate over development.
It is impossible to expect our infrastructures to keep pace with the density explosion that has been fornicated upon our city especially over the last four years by our Manhattan loving density mayor and his lackey team councillors and in combine with our shameless horse trading councillors.
About a week & a half ago a fan of my blog sent me this link “The Death of a Great City” (NY NY) from Harper’s Magazine https://harpers.org/archive/2018/07/the-death-of-new-york-city-gentrification/
A definitive precursor in what to expect from our city’s deliberate CityShaping shortsightedness in 1/10th the time. The death of the city is ALREADY upon us. Our city “today” has become unsustainable and unaffordable for far too many low income families, millennial’s and even middle class. These are the very dependent’s vital in the continued economic and social wellness of our city whom have “had enough!” Unwilling to live in inflated priced cookie cutter condos or willing to give landlords $20K to $30K of their annual hard earned NET INCOME without any return on their rental investment. #MortgageRentalRates
I don’t enjoy insinuating gloom and doom for the city’s next decade, but it is INEVITABLE. From my POV there is really not much the next city council can do to slow down or reverse our unsustainable growth. Over the next decade there will be an acute en masse carryover of unfinished or new high rise startups ALREADY GREEN LIT by our current malignant city council & backed by our contemptible backroom inEpp city planners.
Our 2018 new city council will be hamstrung, having been deliberately paralyzed by our current city council’s “self defeating modus operandi: prophesying density demagoguery.” It is my opinion none of our existing city council despicables deserve to be re-elected!
Which brings me to an agonizing decision I and my wife made over this past weekend. This is no longer our Camelot and cannot consciously run for city council. The upcoming EIGHT YEAR+ deconstruct of the existing Harry Jerome Lands across the street from us is a bridge too far. We have just spent 18 months of the “destroy and build” new Sundance full market value apartment building while they displaced many low income renters from their family homes! Simply put enough is enough!
We will eventually be leaving the North Shore and moving to a town or less congested city centre that will indeed offer senior artist’s like myself, affordability and a sustainable future, it’s out there, it’s just not here.
For as long as we live here, I will continue being a critical watchdog of our out-of-touch city council and our low life city planners – caricaturing their eroding ineptness. Hopefully the new city council will not require as much satirical caricaturing… a new city council sinking in a leftover quagmire of MASSatto’s CityShaping fanaticism. #cnvSOL
Note: To be fair Councillor Clark has not made his mayoral candidacy official. Maybe he is waiting to see just how much feeler support there is before tossing his “horse trading stetson” into the mayoral ring. If Councillor Clark is running for mayor he and Buchanan would be running from a parallel kindred slate coveting more and more DENSITY continuing to turn their backs on NIMBY’s. #enoughDensty
Councillor Buchanan has voted in favour of EVERY new highrise except for her recent mayoral campaign’s ‘the fix is in’ new Harry Jerome Mega Sports Complex allowing Darwin’s takeover of the existing HJ Lands. And lest we forget IGNORING EVERY neighbourhood petition and helping to make a mockery out of every highrise public hearing. Forever voting against resident concerns like Hollyburn’s new apartment building, allowing them to buy at below market value our city hall’s hovering density air in order to increase the height of “her” Hollyburn donor’s 13th & Lonsdale Marlborough 3 Commercial Apartment highrise from 12 to 17 floors! #disingenuous
The same can be said about Councillor Clark who is on record for towering “community” horse trading with developers. Two key huge projects come to mind; Polygon’s new Promenade Lower Lonsdale tower featuring a horse trading swap for extra floors blocking more area condo views in order to get the North Van Museum & Archives “squeezed” into a confined main floor space! And if you want to epitomize horse trading we need to look no further than the about to be built 32 & 26 towering Darwin project in order to finance his damn $210+ million Titanic MegaDome Sporting Facility having “turned his back”, crapping on the majority of the Harry Jerome Community who are dead against both projects. #screwNIMBYS
Is either councillor the kind of mayor you want i.e. bound & determined to further entrap our city into further highrise development. Two infamous city councillors who don’t give a damn about NIMBY concerns having divorced themselves from Regional Growth Strategy Levels surpassing 2041 census. Promoting Bike to Work Black Necklace lanes used by less than 2% of city residents OVER our city’s dire, unable to keep pace infrastructures. While also deliberately limiting residential and commercial street parking at ALL “their” construction & noise polluting sites beholding to “their” heavy equipment vehicles closing off residential street parking & causing constant lane closures… No, then simply vote for change October 20th. #weCANdoBetter #noMoreDensity
This being the Canada Day long weekend thought I would have a little fun and introduce a new character to my blog, an extension of my why not & therefore I shall prowess. Enjoy
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.