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Massive Oakridge redevelopment okayed by Vancouver council saying it’s the city’s green, urban future

March 17th, 2014 · 52 Comments

Hard to keep up with all the major thingies getting approved by council these days.

Oakridge was Friday, where it was fascinating to see two very different views come out among councillors among what it all means. For the Visionistas, this is the exciting new future. For the opposition (NPA, Green), this redevelopment is a sad sign of the tumultuous change the city is going through and the fears it spurs about what will happen to the old Vancouver.

I can’t help thinking this is how the election is going to play out, as the city increasingly diverges between the newcomers quite happy to buy into the towers and townhouses and dense new development going up and those who are entrenched in the single-family neighbourhoods that they hope will never change. (That can be long-time residents, but also brand-new ones who’ve spent a fortune to buy into an increasingly rare commodity — the single-family neighbourhood — and are determined to fight to the death to keep it untouched.)

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