after all that rain
had the texture of twilight fireworks
gently above the ground
then bursting into a sun-splashed grey.
had gone while those
of faith pondered greater mysteries
who preferred a faster tempo
drew other conclusions from the game.
The Britannia Renewal project is moving ahead rapidly with a regular schedule of meetings and workshops. The next three are the following:
- May 23, 7:00pm to 8:30pm: Designing Safe Spaces. Meeting in the Britannia Ice Rink Mezzanine. Speakers will discuss the design of spaces with two spirit, trans and gender variant, and women’s safety in mind.
- May 27th, noon to 3:00pm: Public Outdoor Spaces Workshop. Meeting in Gym D. Help imagine the kinds of public outdoor spaces the new Britannia could include.
- May 29th, 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Housing on the Britannia Site. Meeting in B-Lab, Info Centre, Napier Street. There is a suggestion (perhaps even a requirement) that housing be included on the renewed site. What do you think about that? Come along and debate the issues.
Vision Vancouver’s plan to turn Vancouver into a homogenous zone of endlessly similar beige neighbourhoods of townhouses, duplexes and soaring tower clusters continues apace.
Two of the loveliest buildings that make Grandview so special are about to be lost to us.
The pair of cottages at 2040 and 2054 Pandora are for sale, as a pair, at $5,600,000. There is a “potential to build up to 11 units … excellent development opportunity.” That seems to encourage demolition and the imposition of some bland modern revenue development.
Why can’t we incentivize the current owner or a purchaser to moving the houses forward on the lot, thus maintaining a heritage streetscape at that point. The incentive presumably would be the right to infill buildings behind the old houses which themselves could be renovated and made strata. A form of HRA, I guess, not unlike Jeffs Residences and the presently-being-constructed Brookhouse on Parker.
Anyway, it will be a great shame to see these houses disappear.