The May monthly meeting of the Grandview Woodland Area Council (GWAC) takes place next Monday at 7:00pm in the Learning Resources Centre room under the Britannia Library. This is a very important meeting to discuss massive traffic issues facing Grandview over the next decade. As per their email notice:
Most of you probably know that the idea of removing the viaducts has a long history. There is some community support for the demolition but much of the impetus comes from Vision Vancouver’s need to satisfy their developer supporters by providing more land for their profit. There has been significant opposition to the demolition from East Vancouver and areas east of us who consider the viaducts a primary and convenient access to the city. I suspect we have not yet heard the end of this battle, especially if this still-newish Council can finally show their muscle and start directing the Vision holdovers in senior City staff positions rather than simply acquiescing to whatever the bureaucrats propose.
However, the survival or not of the viaducts is intimately connected with the question of traffic east of Gore, and how that traffic will affect Grandview. This was the issue that Vision Vancouver (interested only, I believe, in the development aspects) could never solve. They eventually decided to use a so-called Community Panel to cover their asses on the decision. From what I hear from the GWAC rep who attended, this Panel was as pointless as the Citizens Assembly they foisted on us during the Community Plan.
Given both the history and the importance of the viaducts/traffic issue, Monday’s meeting should not be missed!
The first 9 minutes of the following video has Noam Chomsky explaining clearly how the Republican Party — from Nixon to Trump — successfully pursued the twin goals of serving their real masters (“wealth and the corporate elite”) while acting out the fantasy desires of a hard-right popular base. It is a brilliant short analysis and well worth the ten minutes’ viewing time.