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Olympic village future: Renting, block sales to Aquilini, block sales to offshore, more money per day in interest

November 19th, 2010 · 37 Comments

After the news that the Olympic village was put into receivership Wednesday, all of us reporter types went galloping off in all directions to try to figure out more what this means now and in the future. I focused on the possibility of block sales of some condos to investors. CBC focused on the possibility […]

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Court document for Millennium Water receivership

November 19th, 2010 · 1 Comment

As requested, the court document about the receivership appointment. RECEIVERSHIP As well, anyone wanting to follow the trail of documents in the receivership process can do so through Ernst & Young’s website here. (Currently all they have up is the same court doc in my link above.)

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City-Millennium bargaining went to deadline on how much developer should hand over besides Oly village

November 17th, 2010 · 57 Comments

Here’s my more complete story in the Globe on what transpired today (and the days leading up to it) related to the Olympic village moving into receivership. But these 700 words have a hard time capturing everything that has been happening in this incredibly complex deal. (A sample of how badly it’s going to be […]

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Olympic village goes into receivership

November 17th, 2010 · 20 Comments

This story has been brewing for weeks. Okay, years. Here it is, the start anyway, of the city’s news release. More to come. The City of Vancouver and Millennium agree to receiver The City of Vancouver and Millennium Southeast False Creek Properties, the company that owns the Millennium Water development, have today negotiated an agreement […]

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Small retailers follow the trend: Buy, don’t rent.

November 16th, 2010 · 9 Comments

One of the sadder urban events for many of us is when a long-time business is forced out of its location when an area gets hip and rents go up. I still haven’t really recovered from the way Galloway’s got pushed off Robson Street back in the 90s sometime. I’ve tried to work out in […]

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Mount Pleasant plan: Create hilltop village, respect low-rise feel, support arts

November 15th, 2010 · 18 Comments

The neighbourhood plan for Mount Pleasant is finally out. It’s something that every neighbourhood struggling with development and calling for a neighbourhood vision should look at, as it shows what a three-year planning exercise with a community looks like. You’ll notice that it doesn’t get down to zoning in actual blocks and there are still […]

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A gay-bashing that bruised a whole Vancouver neighbourhood

November 14th, 2010 · 8 Comments

People who attack others because they’re gay (or think they might be) are a mystery to many of us. We can understand being enraged over all kinds of things, from traffic on the road to managerial incompetence in the office to the people partying all night next door at home. But to beat someone up, […]

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Watts is out of the running for Liberal leadership

November 14th, 2010 · 12 Comments

This just in tonight. No surprise, from all the chatter I was hearing all week. It would have been gruelling for Dianne Watts to try to turn the party’s tattered brand around within two years. As well, it would have meant exposing herself to the kind of merciless flaying that seems to be the norm […]

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The new post-auto world: Cyclist and electric vehicle collide

November 12th, 2010 · 27 Comments

Although I have no desire to become the Two Wheels vs. Four Wheels blog, I can’t resist this news release just out from Vancouver police: (And video from Vancouver Sun here.) Cyclist and Electric Concept Vehicle Collide Vancouver – Vancouver Police are investigating a collision involving a cyclist and an electric concept vehicle that was […]

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Recession draws businesses back to central Vancouver

November 11th, 2010 · 59 Comments

Following up on the news that Telus is planning a new office tower on Georgia Street, I gathered up bits of information I’d been hearing for a while about various businesses moving back in to Vancouver, along with office towers being planned. Along the way, I came across numerous updates on commercial leasing in Metro […]

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