Vancouver mayor offers $250M of city land for social housing
Gregor Robertson is asking the federal government give $500M in return for affordable housing projects
CBC News Posted: Feb 02, 2016 8:11 AM PT Last Updated: Feb 02, 2016 9:29 AM PT
This seems to be a good offer…and the Feds, if Trudeau is to be believed, should jump at the chance to walk the walk and contribute where it is most needed…that would be Vancouver.
I left years ago because I could see that the City would be unaffordable once I retired…it has become worse than even I expected…why should any more retirees be driven from their home because of the insane real estate exploitation by elites..?
Our ConLite Premier has refused to do anything about it, so why not try this? I don’t agree with many things that have been done in the past under Robertson’s leadership, but this is a great idea that needs to be seriously considered.. we stand to lose everything about Vancouver that once made it a great place to live.
It’s far too late to do anything about those of us who are life long renters – even here on Vancouver Island, rent is becoming unaffordable, when it can be found at all…and in Victoria there are already bidding wars happening for real estate..unheard of in the past, all too familiar in Vancouver..
Whenever possible, foreign investment in real estate should come with added costs and penalties for sitting empty..such actions should be considered at the very least unscrupulous, since there are so many in need..And ‘reno-victions’ should be illegal…
The biggest problem I see for this sort of offer is who decides on the definition of the term ‘affordable housing’…affordable to who, and under what circumstances? Whenever I see a developer touting their version of the latest so-called ‘affordable’ housing, it is a cheaply built sardine tin that is decidedly not affordable as I understand the term..
My imagination gets a bit out there, and worst-case scenario, the seniors of this culture will be eliminated as surplus to need, and,unless they are wealthy, will be shipped to someplace where they are not heard or seen…the poor? Well, housed in tiny stacked tenements and forced into whatever cheap labour jobs are going, servicing the elites, but pushed out of site/sight after hours so no one has to be aware of them..dystopian, maybe, but what else is feasible, the way things are going?