What’s happened with zoning changes in Vancouver is a cultural change, and a fight that’s as old as Vancouver. The arguements are the same, the type of associations are the same; but the lack of political will to engage the fight in the name of renters, density and affordability may be changing.
The upcoming civic election will tell whether those with the will to make greater and more significant change will assume power, or whether things will go back to same-old, same-old, with all power going to neighbourhood associations themselves to ensure that middle-density rental buildings are excluded.
The messages’ media has certainly changed, but not much else.
The fiche reprint above is from 1967 (more examples HERE).
I note these points from 1967. All adding up to familiar predictions of ‘Hoodmageddon”. Will they continue to win the day?
Homeowners Plan to Guard Interests:
- Accusations of haphazard planning, making snap decisions without consulting. [Ed. The old process arguement].
- Perceived necessity of district associations to safeguard the interests of residents [Ed. no one was, apparently, being listened to if they advocated for the interests of renters].
- Concern that proposed garden apartments and “. . even [gasp] row houses . . .” would substantially boost property taxes for homeowners.
- “The chief reason is that the area’s drainage system has yet to stand the test of winter.” [Ed. the token nod to practicality].
I do recall a modern-day ‘Hoodmageddon scenario, perhaps in Kerrisdale, where one opponent advised against proposed density because Telus had told them that local TV and Internet capacity was already strained.
Who will prevail on October 2018? At least one mayoral candidate has made it clear that rezoning will proceed only after neighbourhood associations have declined to exercise their veto.
Do you still think your vote doesn’t matter?