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The Olympic village social housing details

April 21st, 2010 · 3 Comments

Here is my fuller story on the city decision yesterday about the Olympic village, although we’ve had quite an exhaustive and thoughtful analysis by Michael Geller in an earlier comment.

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City pays puts in $32 million to subsidize rents for Oly village social housing

April 20th, 2010 · 34 Comments

My fuller story will come later, but here’s my brief summary for now on the city’s plan for the 250 units of social housing at the Olympic village, plus their full report. Enjoy the numbers! But the basics are: half the housing will get some form of subsidy that ensures the rents are no more […]

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Potential problems for Broadway corridor identified

April 20th, 2010 · 30 Comments

A great analysis of the current Broadway corridor options here, with succinct explanations on the difference between light rail and streetcar (now I know, at last), the dangers of having a streetcar instead of light rail, the rapid-transit gap that needs to be fixed, and the dangers of ignoring the long-distance commuters coming into Vancouver […]

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City expects $200 million from Olympic village condo deposits this year

April 20th, 2010 · 14 Comments

I never imagined, when I was spending my 20s studying the contemporary French novel, that I would enjoy reading financial statements as much as I do. But it turns out they’re just as fun as Boris Vian or Michel Butor, in their own way, like seeing where the millions go at the city. The city’s […]

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Why one West Ender is not a fan of the STIR towers

April 18th, 2010 · 36 Comments

This letter in from Sarah Isaacs: Response to Vancouver council dumbfounded over backlash to rental program (April 13, 2010). As a resident of the West End – epicentre of the opposition to the City of Vancouver’s Short Term Incentive for Rentals (STIR) program – I wish to clarify how little our opposition has to do […]

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TransLink puts out preliminary Broadway rapid-transit options, two with streetcar

April 18th, 2010 · 40 Comments

Public-policy nerds, transit buffs, anxious Broadway merchants, anxious off-Broadway residents: start your engines. TransLink held its first quiet stakeholders’ meeting Thursday to introduce the tentative six options for Broadway rapid transit. As people kept reminding me, these aren’t fixed in stone. The idea is to put preliminary ideas out there to get public feedback and […]

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One tulip tree = Six floors of condos

April 18th, 2010 · 6 Comments

As Joyce Kilmer didn’t put it, I think that I shall never see, A condo lovely as a tree. And that’s how city staff seem to feel too, as you’ll see if you carefully read this report where they decline to provide a would-be developer with six additional floors of density in order to preserve […]

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Coleman gives $8 million to keep shelters going to 2013

April 16th, 2010 · 8 Comments

I was at a leadership prayer breakfast this morning when this news popped up on the net. Mayor Gregor Robertson, Housing Minister Rich Coleman and First United Church minister Ric Matthews, whose church has been turned into one of the shelters, were all looking very happy and cordial as they discussed the news announcement afterwards. […]

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Vancouver Olympics bill: $800 million, $578 m, $554 m, depending how you count

April 16th, 2010 · 10 Comments

Great media frenzy yesterday, as people rushed to put out the news about the city’s report on its Olympic costs. My version here, including former mayor Philip Owen’s assessment. Those in the know will remember he and his council insisted the city shouldn’t have to pay for anything. But some wildly varying numbers were used […]

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City’s cultural services director takes a bow

April 14th, 2010 · 13 Comments

This just got posted on the city’s internal wire, news that Sue Harvey, who was the city’s cultural services director for years and recently ran the city’s live sites during the Olympics, is not going to go back to that director post. She doesn’t seem to be quite retiring, as she talks about doing other […]

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