Treated Like Garbage – Vancouver’s UDP Requests Resubmission Of Pearson Dogwood Care Home

650 West 57th Avenue - DP-2019-00686 - Dogwood Care Centre - Pearson Dogwood Parcel B As the rezoning application for the Pearson Dogwood site was approved just months before Hannah and I began to document our city's growth, we often learn a lot at these Urban Design Panel reviews. Though even someone who had closely... Continue Reading →

Conspiracy Theorists Blame Lazy Millennial Care Aides For The Destruction Of Kerrisdale’s Character

2803 W 41st Ave - Crofton Manor After over two years of attending various engagement events, Darren and I still cannot understand the hostility expressed at these meetings. We appreciate some are fearful of change, and others are outright opposed to it, but there is never a reason to expressed one's thoughts in such a... Continue Reading →

September 10th & 12th, 2019 Public Hearing – Misinformation Seeks To Defeat Tortured Rental Housing – Developer Anxiety Leads To More Protections For Marpole Renters

September 10th & 12th, 2019 Public Hearing - With the end of City Council's August break, the public hearing process starts up this week with two meetings that will probably have little in common. The one on September 10th will likely be a quick affair, as there are two text amendments (1, 2), two heritage... Continue Reading →

Burdened by Elder Care and Rental Housing – Paper Millionaires Blame Minimum Wage Increases for Lost Views

2010 Harrison Drive (German Canadian Care Home) Many Vancouverites associate our western neighbourhoods with feelings opposed to change and new forms of housing. My experience with the recently approved Finish Centre senior's housing expansion revealed sentiments in our southern neighbourhoods can be just as bad. So, I expected the worst as I made my way... Continue Reading →

January 15th Public Hearing – The Choices of a New City Council – Seniors or Million Dollar Views? Are Rental Buildings Worth the Cost? & How Valuable are Community Plans?

January 15th, 2019 - Public Hearing The start of the new year marks the first time our new city council will host a public hearing, which could give us glimpse of their intentions for the next four years. Though some may believe non-market seniors housing, two simple 6 storey rental buildings on Hastings Street, and... Continue Reading →

After a Decade of Consultation “Huge Improvements” Speed Arbutus Centre to the Finish Line

2133 Nanton Avenue & 4189 Yew Street (Arbutus Centre Block C & Block D) When it was first proposed in 1968, the Arbutus Centre was planned to become one of Western Canada's largest shopping malls. Instead, it drew widespread neighbourhood opposition. Eventually a scaled back version, which has become the community's centrepiece, was approved, and a leading... Continue Reading →

UDP Feels Senior’s Housing will be Good for the Neighbourhood, but Needs to be Better for Its Residents

2499 East 48th Avenue (Sunrise of East Vancouver) Some proposals fit so well into their surrounding neighbourhood, it's actually puzzling why they're still required to go to the Urban Design Panel. Certainly Hannah and I didn't notice anything controversial about this application for a 4 floor assisted living building when we attended its open house... Continue Reading →

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