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Up to this point the process for submitting articles for VCI has been a bit obtuse and open to only a few. That just changed.

We’re experimenting with a new feature. Right now if you’re a registered user on this site you can go to http://vancouvercondo.info/submit and use our new submission form to contribute articles, analysis or subjects for discussion. Your submission will automatically be added to a que for moderation before being published. You can even add attachments to your articles if you have a spreadsheet, chart, PDF or other material to discuss.

Hopefully this will be a more direct and simple way to encourage VCI community involvement when it comes to story topics.. In fact, this very post was written via the submit page!

We’ll put together a tutorial on HTML for formatting your submissions, but even if you don’t know HTML feel free to submit and a moderator will edit and format your submission if it’s selected to be published to the front page.

We’ll also put together a list of guidelines, but for now use common sense: keep it on topic, no copy and paste of full articles published elsewhere, no sales pitches, etc.

Go ahead and give it a shot and let us know what you think!

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LMGTFY
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LMGTFY

Hmm.. nice feature, it will be interesting to see what people come up with. I find some of the comments on this site to be the real attraction and it's a shame when some of the better analysis gets swept away in a flood of comments. There are some comments from Jesse and Patriotz (amongst others) that could be turned into articles on their own.

Thanks to you guys and everyone else who contributes expertise and facts to the discussion here, I've learned a lot!

LMGTFY
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LMGTFY

Regarding yesterdays discussion on 'city politeness', I don't find Vancouver to be too much different than other cities from a pedestrian or driver point of view, but I guess it depends on the neighborhood.

I do find the people here in general to be less open and friendly than most other major cities I've lived in. It seems like the nightlife here is for the bridge and tunnel crowd and people tend to either get sloshed drunk or keep to themselves.

Alum
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Alum

420 on the condo tracker.

Spark a bowl.

scullboy
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Alum:

Todays' my birthday. I'm already there. 🙂

As for Vancouver drivers (from the last thread), if you read my posts again, I didn't slam Vancouver as having bad drivers. I observed that as a cyclist and pedestrian I've never felt safer then I do here in Halifax. That's not a slam, it's an observation.

I'd like to offer another one: I've never seen a "rice rocket" tear down streets in Halifax they way they do in Vancouver. I've also never experienced the anti-cyclist sentiment here in Halifax. One only has to go through the archives here to note the anger and hostility a lot of drivers have toward cyclists and bike paths.

YLTNBoomerang
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YLTNBoomerang

I tried the form, it said I didn't have permission.

metalhead
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metalhead

RE: Vancouver drivers.

A 21 and 22 yr. old were caught ripping around Seymour mtn. at 200 km/hr. in a Ferrari and BMW.

They must have good jobs to buy those cars at such a young age?

LOL.

1K in fines, loss of license and a 1 week impound of their wheels courtesy of the new laws.

The Ant
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@YLTNBoomerang: Are you logged in? I can see the form only once I'm logged in.

Anoymous
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Anoymous

@metalhead:

"They must have good jobs to buy those cars at such a young age?"

Yeah, because never in the history of the world has there been a successful 21 or 22 year old. Geez.

Laibach
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Laibach

@metalhead:

Those fuckers must be second generation immigrants in cars bought by dad's "dirty" money. Too bad there aren't criminal charges like in US resulting with deportation. We should start getting rid of such garbage that damages entire society so badly in attempt to promote their culture and values. Think about that.

DaMann
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DaMann

@Anoymous:

LOL Yah the odds are a lot beter that it's a very successful 21 year old with a $300k Ferrari than the fact that it's some spoiled punk driving Daddy's car or was given said car.

I used to live right accross from the UBC frat house and my window faced their underground parking entrance. The amount of $100k+ cars that came out of there everyday was comical. But yah who knows, they probably earned it at their job in between classes.

copacbna
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copacbna

@copacabna:

“I live downtown, so I literally walk everywhere, so I see it alot.”

Well I live downtown too, so like you I literally walk everywhere. And I don’t see it at all. So perhaps it’s you or your attitude."

Yes, I suppose it is my horrible attitude that causes other pedestrians to be run down in intersections, for people to scream at other people on bike paths, to watch old people to get pushed aside by young men, for people to walk 5 abreast without moving.

Yes, my horrible attitude causes this to happen to other people as well.

And I spend a lot of time in my home country, and this is the ONLY place I have ever seen it happen. So yes, it could be me, or it could be Vancouver… hmmm.

copacbna
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copacbna
@Anonymous I found this in a Toronto blog posting about sidewalk ettiquette. I have only heard of this happening in Vancouver or Toronto. It is bizarre, and wait for it, passive-agressive. Shocking! "COMMENT BY CBOBBY JANUARY 6, 2009 | 4:11 PM Actually the real problem with a certain type of people walking on the sidewalk is they will move INTO your way on purpose just to make you walk out of the way. (ie you are walking on the right and they are walking on the left coming towards your direction but with space on their side). I always move out of the way even if it means I have to walk on the left side (which you shouldnt have to do –walking on the right is common sense). I see it in the faces of these pinheads–they get an… Read more »
giggling
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giggling

@Laibach:

Is it Laibach for Ljublijana or the band?

Either way, love both!

And btw, you don't have to go to UBC – any "good" Van highschool will suffice. F'n vermin.

giggling
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giggling

@giggling:

I mean, check out Eric Hamber Secondary for $100K plus cars… or any other highschool west of Cambie…

logic
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logic

metalhead:

The problem is this – if you can afford (or you daddy can afford) a 100k car, do you really think that a 1k fine is deterrent?

We should do what they do in Switzerland and Sweden, where fines are based on the ealth of the offender. That way, if you are a millionaire, you pay a fine that hurts you, instead of being what you spend on lunch in a given week.

DaMann
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DaMann

@logic:

Exactly. $1k fine is ridiculous if you own a Ferrari, appropriate when you drive an old Honda. There was a speeding ticket handed out in Sweden last year that approached $1 million.

realpaul
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realpaul

Phony 'recovery' in housing prices just more shenanigans from the pimps who publish 'inflation adjusted' stats . Arseholes.

http://urbansurvival.com/week.htm

giggling
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giggling

@DaMann:

Sweden is actually a pretty cool place to live. Much better than the best place on earth. I have close relatives there and they feel sorry for me often.

Pete
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Pete

I don't feel like I have any specific knowledge to contibute for articles here, but I've also learned a lot from other posters. Here's a list of articles I'd like to see:

-problem areas in modern construction by strataman

-a fundamentals primer by patriotz

– guide to rental yield by Jesse

-housing and financial planning by Asharpaccountant

-sales stats and market trends by paulb

-current and historical comparisons by inventory

Those are a few articles I'd like to see, how about everyone else?

realpaul
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realpaul
"Strong' fundamentals drive the CDN down along with USD? Whats up with that….how does this happen? When every other currency is showing strength against the plunging USD the Loon ( this is the Liberal Party laughing at you because naming the currency 'the loon' was a move to undermine peoples respect of money….I know…….wacko socialism at its most insidious) continues to dive. The Thai Baht is rising for Christs sake! Look at the Aussie.. http://www.financialpost.com/news/Aussie+soars+pa… The Fed continues its policy of de facto shorting the dollar by buying its own paper issue to keep the Canadian standard of living below the rest of the G8 countries…aren't we lucky. The income taxes we pay are going up unceasingly…ever wonder why? Its to pay for the massive debt that is piling up for programs like this. Ask Flaherty why the CDN LOON… Read more »
kansai_92
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kansai_92

@logic:

Agreed, this is saying rich people can speed but poor people cannot.

Better punishment is automatic impoundment of vehicle for at least a month.

AND mandatory community service (think picking up garbage on the side of the highway).

That way zero discrimination between rich and poor.

You speed, you lose.

Patiently Waiting
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Patiently Waiting

All OV social housing bids rejected

"the province isn't willing to put in that much of a subsidy, so it's meant to be self-financing, and that is very, very difficult to do"

"252 units will likely remain empty for the foreseeable future"

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2

giggling
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giggling

@kansai_92:

Zero discrimination between rich and poor WILL NEVER happen here. I think everyone remembers Campbell's mugshots from Hawaii…last time I checked he is still our premier.

pricedoutfornow
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pricedoutfornow

@Patiently Waiting:

I don't usually have anything to comment on political stories, but I find this absolutely ridiculous. Here we have a shortage of housing for low income people. And here we have units that have been specifically designated for such people (bragged about during the Olympics, even!)…and no one can get it together to make it happen. Only in BC!

Patiently Waiting
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Patiently Waiting

The original Globe and Mail story mentioned by the CBC:

“This is astounding. The ink on these proposals is barely dry but already they’re being declared a no-go,” said Councillor Geoff Meggs. “And we’re not even asking BC Housing to put anything in. We’ve provided land and beautiful buildings for free. I don’t know how often a city comes forward with a building and offered to house people on the provincial government’s waiting list.”

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/brit

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