Author Archives: Tim Louis

City of Vancouver Transportation 2040 Plan: Market condos disguised as transit policy

Vision Vancouver has recently approved a long-term transportation plan. One of the stated aims of the plan is to increase the percentage of foot, bike and transit trips in Vancouver from 44 to 66% by 2040. Is this one of … Continue reading

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Vision’s Housing Affordability Task Force Recommendations: A Charter of Rights for Developers. What Would a Progressive City Council Do?

Vancouver’s developer-backed municipal party, Vision Vancouver, has recently approved the final recommendations of its Housing Affordability Task Force. The recommendations have been widely criticized for being more of the same pro-market ideology — higher density without any affordable housing! What … Continue reading

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Vision Vancouver’s Affordable Housing Report – More Density, Less Affordable Housing

Last week, on Wednesday Oct. 3, Vision Vancouver approved the final recommendations of the Mayor’s developer-controlled Task Force on Housing Affordability. You may have read an Oct. 3rd article in the Province, “City Council in Density Dilemma – ‘Thin Street’ … Continue reading

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Vision = NPA + Bike lanes

Much of the past century saw a winning-streak by the right wing NPA, Vancouver’s historic party of wealth and privilege. Pundits talk about Vision Vancouver’s interruption of that NPA legacy, and there has even been talk of the disintegration of … Continue reading

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City Council sets sights on mega-development at 955 East Hastings

This week, City Councillors will be returning to City Hall from their summer break. One of the first orders of business will be to consider a large-scale condo development in the Downtown Eastside Hastings Corridor, directly across from the Raycam … Continue reading

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Rapid transit on West Broadway – getting it right by learning from history

Those who ride the 99 B-Line along West Broadway know just how full to capacity public transit is on this busy corridor. Transit analysts tell us that the current form of public transit on West Broadway is just not capable … Continue reading

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The Olympics – a celebration of human excellence, or a party for the rich funded by the rest of us?

While the world watches the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London with excitement and enthusiasm, now is the perfect time to reflect on the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, and to draw conclusions that the two years that … Continue reading

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Market Housing is Not the Solution

Two social housing sites – the province’s Little Mountain and Metro Vancouver’s Heather Place – are about to be redeveloped. With today’s housing crisis, this should be good news. Both sites could easily accommodate an increase in the number of social … Continue reading

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Vision Vancouver gives Aquilini $35 million; Gives green light to expensive condos, red light to affordable housing

Last week Vision Vancouver once again proved with certainty who they don’t owe their allegiance to: the citizens of Vancouver, the people who can barely afford housing, and the homeless. Vision Vancouver’s allegiance is only and solely to developers. Last … Continue reading

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Vote COPE, For Responsible City Government

This year, Vancouver heads to the polls to choose the type of Vancouver they want to see going forward into the future. At the Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE), we’ve been listening to Vancouverites from across our city, so we … Continue reading

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