More On Housing

May 13, 2014

In a very timely piece after last night’s “housing forum”, Barbara Yaffe has an article which states the point in the headline:  “Vancouver house prices pushed by apathetic politicians and offshore demand.”

That just about says it all, doesn’t it.  But the details are worth the read.

Stumbling Blindly Forward

May 13, 2014

Last night, I went to the Vision Vancouver forum on housing affordability at the WISE Hall where I learned a number of things:

  • I learned that Geoff Meggs says Vision doesn’t really have a clue about solving affordability in Vancouver;
  • that it is the fault of Provincial and Federal governments;
  • that it is Vision supporters who are spreading the view that renters bring crime and are not valuable citizens (this was not part of my political discourse until it was mentioned a couple of times by panellists last night);
  • that there really is a problem with vacant condos, even though the Mayor has said that ain’t so;
  • that Vision still spews the Econ 101 garbage that building more units must decrease rates — even though the exact opposite is true for the past six years under their leadership;
  • that Stephen Vdovine seems desparate to pin me as a COPE supporter;
  • that Vision can draw a crowd of loyal supporters on a Monday night in Grandview;
  • that the 25-30 protesters holding media scrums outside the hall last night would have done better to come in and ask questions or otherwise disrupt the meeting directly.

Was that public engagement (as they will no doubt claim)?  I don’t think so, though I am willing to concede it is probably better than nothing.  The real question is, what did Vision learn, if anything, or was this just another PR stunt?