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Financing Urban Growth: The Use of Development Cost Charges and Community Amenity Contributions
Giving Council a Piece of Your Mind: Writing Reports That Work
How Photography Can Enhance the Professional Practice of Architecture, Urban Planning, and Design
Peter Mitham writes in Business In Vancouver, a story in which foreign investors, cheap money and sparkling properties all meet.
“Yes, money is cheap, but it’s a very classic supply-and-demand situation where there’s a lot of capital chasing very few assets,” observed Maury Dubuque, managing director of Colliers International. “There are some challenges, but it doesn’t seem to be holding up a lot of the larger deals that are happening downtown.”
Frances Bula has written similar views on this market, earlier in the Globe and Mail.
Thanks to Colin Brander for the tip.
Public consultations on this project have been pushed back from Fall 2015 to Spring 2016. This is according to Deana Grinnel, who was introduced April 29, 2015 as the project manager for this massive redevelopment of the former military lands at Jericho Garrison.
This 52-acre site will be redeveloped by Canada Lands Corporation on behalf of its new owners: the CLC, Musqueam First Nation, Squamish FN and Tsleil-Waututh FN.
. . . . and the news is bad.
I’ve written before about media concentration and the problems that ensue. When so many people rely on “the news” for guidance as to what’s important, and how to make sense of it all, it is troubling when the messages are narrow and controlled as they are here in Canada.
We are lucky to live in an age when a vast diversity of opinion and information is out there. Still, what’s in the news matters, because not everyone has access, time and resources to do the necessary searching, or to wade through source documents. This is one role of quality journalism — but it seems we are losing that focus from lots of our newspaper outlets, which include the Sun and Province here in Vancouver.
And we’re all poorer for it.
“I think ownership matters and that through a series of rather bizarre events… we’ve ended up in the situation where the control of this chain is in the hands of people who not only don’t know much about newspapers and don’t have any evident expertise or concern for the future of newspapers, but are also strangers to Canada and uninterested, as far as I can tell, in public discourse up here,” observes Ken Whyte, the National Post’s founding editor.
“And I think it’s an unfortunate situation when such a large share of the newsgathering capacity in Canada is subject to that kind of ownership regime.”
It has been said over and over (here’s one) that there is an appearance that Vancouver only provides for the public good when there is CAC money, and the city will permit anything which provides sufficient CAC money. There is a risk with this that increasingly, Public Space is ‘brought to you by’ Private Means, instead of being truly open and free. The city seems to become reliant on a particular kind of large development to finance needed civic infrastructure, which does not guarantee conflicts but does make them seem more likely. Little Mountain is a case in point when a reliance on a private firm to build public goods has so far produced neither, at the expense of the hundreds of households who live there. At least now for the sake of the displaced residents, there does seem to again be progress: HERE.
Reaction to the Alberta Gov’t climate change announcements. In the Globe and Mail. A nice mix of pro, con and humour.