Here’s my latest column in Vancouver magazine, where I got to spend some time with Peter and Shahram Malek of Millennium Developments — the developers at ground zero in the current financial/housing/Olympics twister. Everyone in town has been playing backseat driver to these two and speculation continues to be rampant about the end cost of the village and whether we, the taxpayers, will take a bath or not.
In the meantime, it was a great chance for me to try to understand this breed of developers in town who want more than just to make money. They want to make money, don’t get me wrong, but they also want to make their mark on the city. I think Vancouver gets more of them — those (almost always) guys who start out in the suburbs and then move into the downtown so they can play in the big leagues — because there was until recently just so much going on here.
Awaiting your comments.