September 23, 2019
The wonderful old St Paul’s Hospital is now for sale. It was announced some while ago that a new St Paul’s will be built on the False Creek Flats, and so the current 6.6 acre site in the West End has been put on the market.
I am sure any number of major developers are salivating at the prospect. However, what we don’t need are more high-end condo towers designed for foreign speculators and other 1%ers. In fact, the sales agent’s release itself notes that already “there are 11 active and 23 upcoming high-density condo projects in the Vancouver downtown core, delivering a total of 6,766 units. The average price of these units are reaching up to $2,154 PSF.” That’s more than $2 million for a 1,000 sq.ft condo.
What we do need are a lot of low-income and lower-income rentals, and the old St. Paul’s offers a tremendous opportunity to supply those in the medium term by renovating the current structures. Not only could this site supply a huge amount of affordable housing, it will save vast amounts of landfill space from any proposed redevelopment and, I am sure, will be cheaper to renovate than to demolish and rebuild.
The only question I have is whether we have any politicians, at any level of government, with the guts and the foresight to grab this opportunity and make it work for the working people of Vancouver?
June 15, 2019
If any of my readers are planning on going to Main Street tomorrow for the Car Free Day event, I would urge them to look out for the Mount Pleasant Heritage Group Heritage Lounge which will be in front of Heritage Hall.
They have a lot of interesting things to say about how that neighbourhood should recognize and integrate its heritage and history into the ongoing City Plan process. Stop by and take a look.
September 13, 2016
I understand that the GWAC meeting last night regarding the potential new Parks Board policy about dogs in city parks was well-attended and polite in its questioning.
If you missed it (as I was obliged to), you have another chance tonight at an open house at Trout Lake Community Centre from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
Parks Board says: “The goal of this round of consultation is to find out what is important to park users about dogs in Vancouver’s parks and beaches, including opportunities and challenges. Feedback from this round will inform preliminary design and policy recommendations that will be presented in a second round of consultation in early 2017. “
September 8, 2016
The Vancouver Parks Board has hired some whizz kids to develop a new policy for dogs in our city’s park system. They discuss this briefly on their website. The Parks Board is keen to involve the public in the decision-making for this new Strategy and their site gives a number of ways in which you can contribute.
If this is of interest to you, you have a chance to say your piece at the next monthly Grandview Woodland Area Council (GWAC) meeting on Monday night, September 12th. Meeting starts at 7:00pm and takes place at the Learning Resource Centre under Britannia Library. If you are not sure where this is, just visit the Britannia Info Centre at Napier and Commercial and they will happily direct you.
April 16, 2016
I use the Vancouver Public Library system a great deal, and I think it is a fine organization. However, the management of VPL are wondering what it should look like in 2020, and they are asking the public to give their opinions and ideas.
“Your voice is a key part of how we’re developing the library’s next strategic plan, VPL 2020, which will guide us in meeting the future needs of the community and the city …
Two ways to participate
If you are concerned about this vital public resource, please take the time to have your say.
November 4, 2015
At noon on 12th November, at the CBC Vancouver Broadcaster Centre Plaza, the new exhibit at the public art installation named The Wall will be officially unveiled. The Wall is an initiative of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation in cooperation with the CBC, JJ Bean, and the City of Vancouver.
The new installation called down.town by artist Faith Moosang is of particular interest to all of us concerned with development issues, history, and neighbourhood change:
“down. town. is a large-scale composite photograph created from 164 individual film frames, video stills and digital photographs gleaned from the CBC Archives and Wikimedia Commons. There were three questions behind the work – how many buildings have been demolished in downtown Vancouver between 1954 and 2015, how many of these demolitions were considered newsworthy and how does one represent the notion of absence or missing? … The high number of buildings that have gone missing from our collective landscape is indicative that humans are notorious for forgetting, and that what is normal is always shifting. Vancouver has a (short) long history of development in the pursuit of density and profit.”
May 26, 2015
Our glorious Central Library was opened twenty years ago today! It has been a joy to view and visit ever since.
[thanks to Eve Lazarus for the reminder]