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Entries from July 2015

The Vancouver meme continues apace: Wealthy Chinese buying up (and wrecking?) Vancouver

February 15th, 2016 · 45 Comments

We’d heard there was a New Yorker writer in town a few months ago working on a piece about Vancouver. It’s out now. It’s main job seems to be to continue circulating the catchy narrative about Vancouver. As always, in my role as chief grump and nitpicker, I thought it could have had a tiny […]

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Yes, the street litter and alleyway garbage really is worse. But a ban is not the answer, says city

February 15th, 2016 · 7 Comments

Catching up on a story from last week: The woes of litter and decomposed guck for Vancouver. Some media interpreted the city report on “what to do about this” as calling for a ban. But the city’s head of “les ordures,” Albert Shamess, says that’s probably not the answer. What ever will they come up […]

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Want to make the province change some rules for real estate? Put on the pressure

February 10th, 2016 · 22 Comments

If Vancouver residents really want the province to start making changes to try to moderate the officially out-of-control (parts, anyway) real-estate market in Vancouver, just holding demonstrations and/or waiting for newsrooms to provide coverage is not going to do it. My experience of politicians — okay, not all, some do things strictly out of principle […]

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Commercial properties going for unreal prices, but do buyers know the limits they face?

February 2nd, 2016 · 6 Comments

Just a side note: I will be so happy when I get to write fewer stories about the city’s kooky real-estate market. But, now, in the meantime … Lots of chattering these days about the high prices that key pieces of Vancouver commercial real-estate are going for: Royal Centre, $400-million to a German investor. Bayshore, […]

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