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Vancouver election brings out 86 candidates and Nude Garden Party

October 10th, 2008 · 9 Comments

Here’s the full list of candidates, all, for those of you not in direct communication with city hall. As you’ll see, it looks like it will be a relatively clean election, since there is no “Pete Ladner” or “Gregory Robertson” in there to muddy the waters. I’ll skip the boring parts (“two parties with exciting […]

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London Olympic athletes’ village having its own meltdown

October 10th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Hey, we’re not the only ones. While people here are wringing their hands over Vancouver’s problems with the Olympic village construction (developer Millennium Developments is facing significant cost overruns and the city, which is legally required to make sure the village is ready on time, is facing some pressure to provide a guarantee for the […]

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The crash doesn’t mean housing is suddenly affordable

October 10th, 2008 · 2 Comments

For many people, the news that house and condo prices are dropping and that developers are even offering things like mortgage payments for a year, discounted mortgage rates or free upgrades on finishes is great. But the reality is that, even though prices are softening, they still haven’t — and won’t — drop down to […]

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Vancouver development industry slows and re-thinks; Fortress evaluated

October 9th, 2008 · 1 Comment

While the focus so far this week has been on Millennium Developments and its current problems with cost overruns and financing, there’s another story in this city about what’s happening with development generally. As many people told me over the last two days, it’s been disastrous the last few weeks since the financial crisis started. […]

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The reports on Robertson-Ladner debate Number 2

October 9th, 2008 · No Comments

So the Peter fans really liked Peter and the Gregor fans really liked Gregor, but the middle of the road seemed to be that there weren’t strong or detailed answers from either candidate at this point. See the comments attached to my previous post to get a flavour. Monte Paulsen also has an excellent summary […]

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Your posts on tonight’s debate welcome

October 9th, 2008 · 21 Comments

Sorry, folks, couldn’t make it to tonight’s Peter Ladner-Gregor Robertson No. 2 debate in the debate-a-thon that this campaign has turned into. Your thoughts and impressions welcome, although I think we’ve all come to realize that it’s like people are living in parallel universes when it comes to judging the candidates. I’ve found it quite […]

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Ladner: “This is not a slam-dunk election. They smell blood.”

October 8th, 2008 · 6 Comments

It was the Non-Partisan Association’s annual fundraising dinner tonight, even though that fact went unrecorded by all media but me as far as I can tell. Time was it was a routine item for coverage. (Remember three years ago when Sam Sullivan apologized to the banquet crowd for his misjudgment in letting a drug user […]

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Olympic village developer says no bailout needed

October 8th, 2008 · No Comments

Those of you passionately interested in this story may have found it already in print or online, but for those of you who didn’t, here’s my follow-up story on the Southeast False Creek/Millennium/Olympic village story that was in the Globe and Mail.

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Developers and the city negotiate office-residential mix near BC Place

October 7th, 2008 · 6 Comments

It’s faded out of the news now, but the downtown district around BC Place and GM Place is still going through intense talks as the four property owners and city staff talk about what that new neighbourhood is going to look like. If you’ll recall, it burst into the headlines in the spring, when Premier […]

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The documents explaining the Vancouver-Millennium agreement

October 7th, 2008 · 3 Comments

There has been a lot of excitement around town over what appears to be trouble with the Millennium project to build the Olympic athletes’ village at Southeast False Creek and it’s hard to sort out good information from bad because there are so many people with powerful agendas piling on. The Olympics critics are happy […]

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