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Epilogue + case study on Nanaimo Street after zoning amendment decision (June 10) to Grandview Woodland Community Plan: Map of area covered by zoning amendments to Grandview-Woodland Community Plan This epilogue to a recent council decision serves as a mini-case study about some serious flaws with processes in our municipal government — last minute changes, confusing materials, jargon, and lack of consultation. ...
Public Hearing July 10, 2018 (Tues): 3655 West 3rd, 8444-8480 Oak, 2109 West 35th, 3560-3570 Hull, 777 Pacific Blvd, 750-772 Pacific Blvd: Some major items are up for the Public Hearing on July 10, 2018. Here is a list of upcoming Public Hearings — a total of TEN in the next 2.5 months. Vancouverites will need to be on their toes, as the current regime moves toward its end with the October 20 civic election, trying to secure a legac...
Regular Council Tues July 10, 2018: Music & arts, Grandview-Woodland zoning, East 11th, Robson St, Chinatown, Higher Buildings, more: As the current Vision Vancouver dominated regime winds down and the Oct 20 civic election approaches, there is a big push at City Hall to finish up a large amount of business. Here is the link for upcoming meetings. Note that four Public Hearings are being added to push through more decisions dur...
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The Fourth Mistake: More Parking: Daily Durning found another Great Mistake to add to the list, from Streetsblog:  Parking spaces are everywhere, but for some reason the perception persists that there’s “not enough parking.” And so cities require parking in new buildings and lavishly subsidize parking garages, without ever measu...
Three Mistakes Cities Keep Making: An irresistible article from The Guardian: Too often, cities think they’re unique and repeat the blunders that others have made before them. Here are three of the worst ideas that keep getting recycled … Build a big mall to ‘revitalise’ the city The gigantic out-of-town complex Centro was the ce...
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Vancouver — Again — Runaway Leader in North American Housing Unaffordability (in News): Lower house prices are one solution, but so are better paying jobs.  Related Stories Vancouver, Can We Talk About Housing Without Getting So Angry? (in News) How Churches and Service Clubs Can Ease Housing Crunch (in News) How Vancouver’s Housing Crisis Is Harming Employers (in News)
Why Vancouver’s Election Is a Referendum on Unchecked Capitalism (in News): In October, voters will decide if City Hall belongs to the rich, or the rest. Last in a series.  Related Stories Who’s Running for Mayor in Vancouver (in News) NDP MP Kennedy Stewart Leaving Federal Scene for Run as Vancouver’s Mayor (in News) Vancouver, Can We Talk About Housing Without Getting ...
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Line in the sand for next election: Support new kinds of housing in single-family neighbourhoods. Or don’t.: As I’ve remarked a couple of times, I’ve seen a revolution unfold in Vancouver the last couple of years — something I thought I’d never see. That revolution is powered by a new generation of people who’ve gotten interested in housing and who have made it a mission to lobby for new development as ...
A quiet landlord dedicated to providing low-cost housing will be remembered through house left to city: I stumbled across this touching story just by prowling through Vancouver’s open bids, where I saw a call for someone to manage a house in Kitsilano to provide affordable housing. I found out the story behind the story by talking to neighbours and reading the will of a man called Eric Pierce, who ...
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Arbutus Centre: Park impact: Block D will replace what now remains of the existing mall. It is a three storey building. The Main Floor now houses the liquor store, Safeway (pharmacy and convenience store) and the dance studio. The top floor used to be offices but is currently unoccupied. The building sits on a basement car p...
Arbutus Centre Update: There was a Press Conference held at City Hall at lunchtime today, while the rest of the world was watching a football match. I did not speak on camera but I hoping that I will be able to link to both the CBC coverage and Jen St Den of the Vancouver Star Metro in due course. This week I came acro...
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Battle for 58 West Hastings: Broken Promises and Co-optation, 2016-2018: For years, an empty lot at 58 West Hastings has been at the centre of a fight for social housing in the Downtown Eastside (DTES). The present article covers the years from 2016 to 2018, detailing the City’s efforts to defer and ultimately dismantle the promise of 100% welfare- and pension-rate ho...
Downtown Eastside Housing Organizers Blockade City Hall: The fight for 58 West Hastings escalates in historic May Day action: "We, the poor and the homeless of the Downtown Eastside will not sit idly as our elected officials deprive us of the housing we need."
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Metro Vancouver transit: fastest growth in North America in 2017: A detail from a 2016 Council of Mayors plan showing transit improvement priorities TransLink’s service levels are increasing rapidly, and a new funding plan should allow continued expansion — for a while. The Metro Vancouver transit authority’s latest performance report, published on June 21, s...
Trouble in Brookswood:   Brookswood, a classic 1950s subdivision in the Township of Langley, has been locked for years in a dispute over the pace of development. It sits just minutes from malls and highways, but it has a deep country feel. In late 2017, on the third try in four years, Township Council approved a plan ...
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VanRamblings | Posting Will Cease Until Further Notice: > VanRamblings will cease publishing until further notice, until such time as we have addressed a circumstance of import that requires our attention.
Vancouver Votes 2018 | Patrick Condon | The Man With a Plan: UBC's Patrick Condon — The Unlikely Revolutionary br>Patrick Condon, the tousle-haired 2018 revolutionary candidate for Mayor of Vancouver In today's VanRamblings post, we set about to introduce you to University of British Columbia professor in Urban Design and Landscape Archite...
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A rising tide that swamps all boats: VIFF screens "Human Flow," Ai Weiwei's pilgrimage on the long refugee road to nowhereread more
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Vancouver demographics: brief overview: With over 2,400,000+ population Vancouver is one of the largest cities in North America. It is also one of the cities which are regarded to be the cleanest ones in the world. The city has awesome demographics which mean that as compared to any other place this city consists of highly well-off peo...
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Rejection of 105 Keefer opened the door to new future for Chinatown, but will anyone walk through?: Yesterday’s 8-3 council vote to reject Beedie Group’s proposal to build a 12-story project at 105 Keefer ended the longest public hearing in a decade, a process that turned into a debate on the future of Chinatown. I voted with the majority in that vote and wrote down my comments — something I ne...
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Park Board approves new nine acre roof-top park for redeveloped Oakridge Centre:   July 10 2018 “This new park will be a tremendous addition to our network of outstanding public parks with access for all. There will be something for everyone, from public spaces and a water park, to a woodland and a meadow,” said Park Board Chair Stuart Mackinnon. ...
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Summer Camp in Stanley Park: Summer Camp in Stanley Park: This month's Stanley Park Ecology Society guest post features a wide array of summer day camp programs for 7 to 11 year olds in July and August. The post Summer Camp in Stanley Park appeared first on Vancouver Blog Miss604.
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Must read: How the Premier’s flunkies snubbed a citizen: In my story published by The Tyee on June 22, I reported on the outraged British Columbians who wrote to Premier Christy Clark this spring to express their anger at her $50,000-a-year BC Liberal fundraising bonus and the $10,000-a-head party fundraisers. One of the emails to Clark stood out. A ci...
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21 Pokemon GO Vancouver locations you need to get to right now: Pokémon GO is taking over our lives. Here’s the lowdown, and where you can find Pokemon GO Vancouver locations. What the hell is Pokémon GO? You remember the Pokémon games from the 1990s right? Well, this July, (like everything else we remember from our childhoods) it got a reboot, with the relea...
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In loving memory of Russ Benger: My good friend Russ Benger passed away a couple of days ago, and it breaks my heart that I am so many thousand kilometres away from Vancouver to have even had the opportunity to spend any more time with him, to say goodbye, to celebrate his life and to be able to support my good friend Gus Fosaro...
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Mayor Roberston Appears to have no Ethics: November 9, 2014 Well this really pissed me off. Residents of the Seafield apartments on Pendrell Street in the West End were under threat of renoviction from developer landlord Gordon Nelson. Some elderly tenants received rent increases of 300 % and at that time the MLA for the riding Mr Chandra...
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One Step Forward, Ten Steps Back : Closed Session. That is phrase that will become more and more common in the UNA Board vocabulary. It's a shame given that even the UBC Board of Governors, famous for their secrecy these past few years, has turned a new leaf and is busy revamping governance structures in order to be more open, d...
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Democrats don’t trust Trump to meet Putin alone: Washington – Worried democrats have asked Donald Trump not to wing it alone with veteran KGB chief Vladimir Putin. They are asking for the presence of other American experts with Trump and Putin when the pair meet in Helsinki on Monday. The letter by prominent democrats shows the distrust the rep...

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