Counterfactual propositions are most times best avoided. We all are hungry for glimpses of the future, sure. That part is okay. There’s just too much risk of distraction in many a creative “what if” scenario, too much room for wild swings of positive or negative projection. Let’s make an exception today for this dystopic reflection on an imagined socioeconomic existence for Vancouver, BC. Yikes! This can’t be a future anybody wants a part of.
How Vancouver’s housing segregation became policy: a 2040 look back. Decades from now, researchers reflect with shock, pity on what led to creation of regional, economically unequal ‘bantustans’
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If major cities are to be money mills for real estate investors – especially overseas ones – affordable housing for working people needs to be considered necessary infrastructure and supported appropriately.
Burnaby’s low-income residents face evictions amid development boom
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For a look into BC’s soon-to-be-unbearable environment for renter’s there is this item from The Tyee. Yikes!
“I go to bed in tears”: Lower Mainland renter rage image: Chris Vreeland via Flickr/CC
Mississauga is tough for us to figure out at times, even though the suburban-poverty.com office complex has been located in this sprawlalicious place for some five full years now. Surrey, BC? Never been. Both places are mentioned right away in this sensible article asking that we consider framing where most of us find ourselves living a little differently.
Forget downtowns and suburbs: the “in-between cities” are where it’s at
cbc.ca The 180 with Jim Brown
Reconnecting the in-between city
image: Surrey, BC by Waferboard via Flickr/CC
Canada’s largest circulation newspaper ( or is it second largest, we don’t remember exactly and in a dying industry does it matter who is first ) shows us how to make a really fantastic contribution to the discussion of one of the most pressing public issues.
If you go down this road here are some pointers:
(103) A man’s home is his castle …and frequently also his shitbox!
Hey Globe and Mail, look who was on this, like, six hundred postings ago…
(262) Living in a van in Van
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Mandatory living wage a success in first Canadian municipality to adopt the practice. The Vancouver suburb was the first municipality in Canada to introduce a living wage in 2011 and the city says it hasn’t seen any negative impacts
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Vancouver sometimes seems to have taken such an awful turn into economic weirdness it is hard to know what to do with it. Transit hubs and higher densities are supposed to be helpful things, markers of adaptation. In Vancouver’s real estate-driven reality they are causing harm.
Making room for families in the city
image: Vancouver graffiti by Matthew Grapengeiser via Flickr/CC
Survey probes health of Burnaby’s homeless youth
image: Burnaby, BC in 1966 by Robert Ciavarro via Flickr/CC