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Q. There have been numerous rezoning applications recently for Cambie Street near 33rd Avenue, listed here: http://former.vancouver.ca/commsvcs/planning/rezoning/applications/ Given that 33rd Avenue was a proposed future station on the Canada Line, will development there allow that station to be built soon? Is the city doing anything to collect amenity money from developers as part of the [...]
Q. How many shelter facilities are there in Toronto? Name them. Name them? NAME THEM? What is this, some kind of Reach for the Top game, Municipal Issues version? Mind you, I was on Reach for the Top (the antecedent to Jeopardy, for those who didn’t know) when it was just a high-school competition, back when [...]
Q. What happens to my beloved Buy-Low if/when Beedie Developments goes ahead with their plan to redevelop Kingsgate Mall, per the recent article in the G&M http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/home-and-garden/real-estate/kingsgate-mall-tagged-for-redevelopment/article5152540/ A. Well, Chris (I know it’s you because you are the first person to have signed your name to a City Plumber question in almost a year now. [...]
Q. What’s the story behind the vacant lot on Robson at Broughton? A. A lot of people seem to want to know this. In Vancouver, no vacant lot goes unnoticed. When I googled “empty lot Robson and Broughton,” it brought up about half a dozen references to it on various blogs around town. I guess [...]
Q. Can you tell me if you have any further information on the Gold Medal Club in the Olympic Village? The city rental buildings (2) and the Coop (1) are not allowed access to that fitness centre. With strata fees going up 30% in some buildings, you’d think the city of Vancouver would be eager [...]
My story on a conversation with Jim as he looks back on a life that he filled to the brim.
// Feb 24, 2012 at 9:39 am
Good Story. Read it this morning over an espresso.
I think there is abook that could be written re Jim Green’s life.
// Feb 24, 2012 at 6:28 pm
He’s done a lot for the Downtown Eastside. Where would Woodwards have been without his vision.
// Feb 25, 2012 at 9:39 am
I am saddeneed to hear that Mr Green is struggling with Cancer as I would be with anyone dealing with the dreaded C, however, the title of this blog issues a statement of ‘I hope I’ve made the City a better place’, obviously the comment is attributed to Mr Green and it is in this context that I wish to make comment. Mr Green started the push when he became head of DERA to lobby for a concentration of housing and social services in the Downtown Eastside. Concentrating all subsidized housing and social services in a really small area has been disastrous for this community and neighbourhood. Having said that, one of Mr Green’s most significant contributions to the area and hence to the City was raising awareness of how Expo 86 was in turn creating the displacement of poor people from the hotels in the area. Mr Green should be commended for bringing attention to the gentrification which was happening. Interesting though a few decades later people need to be reminded that while Woodward’s was attributed as Mr Green’s crowning glory, the impact that Woodward’s is having on the DTES community is very noticable. Once again residents of the area are being forced out as Woodward’s by most accounts is contributing significantly to the rampant gentrification going on in my former community. It is ironic that Mr Green lives in a beautiful skybox in the Woodward’s development, resting somewhat comfortably albeit coping with a terminal illness and yet below those poor people that Mr Green once championed for are being herded out of their community at alarming rates as Woodward’s has become the major gentrifying force within this longstanding community.
// Feb 28, 2012 at 8:59 am
Sadly, the Georgia Straight is reporting that Jim Green has passed away. RIP.
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