Olympic Village: Problems in Paradise

Remember when the area of False Creek that houses the Olympic Village was an semi-industrial wasteland?

Then we all pitched in and built an enormous number of high end condos at taxpayer expense.

Now everything is awesome.

…With the exception of a few problems.

It’s a busy Vancouver neighbourhood, that according to residents is riddled with problems reminiscent of the Downtown Eastside.

Police have been called to one building 215 times since May and that is more than 30 times a month, more than one call every day.

On Friday a cab driver was robbed in broad daylight and threatened with a needle.

The Olympic Village was marketed to families, retirees and young professionals. Some social housing was always on the table but condo owners say they did not bargain for this.

“I’ve seen an unfortunate drop in the cleanliness in the area because of random pets that people have,” says one resident. “There’s definitely a lot of garbage that has been left on the street, and graffiti, some people sleep on the stoops outdoors.”

“It’s become quite strange.”

Read the full article here.

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Johnny-boy
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Johnny-boy

This is the legacy of hosting the Olympics which was such a foolish idea. The Olympics are a way for politicians to puff out their chests and get exposure, for local developers to make a mint from the infrastructure projects and then the masses are left to pick up the bill. The Olympics started Greece’s path to bankruptcy.

Billy Bob
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Billy Bob

What ever happened to shipping all the poor people to Surrey?

4SlicesofCheese
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4SlicesofCheese

I am surprised we did not build a monorail for the Canada Line.

space889
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space889

Well…it looks like rent financing is coming to Canada via Garth Turner – http://www.greaterfool.ca/2013/11/08/unfair-2/

For 100K+ apartments, landlords will now accept rent via credit card which can then be financed by the renter by simply paying the minimum required payments, or balance transferred, roll into LOC, etc, etc…

Turkey
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Turkey
Regarding the title story (Marguerite Ford Apartments): I walked by yesterday evening during a police takedown. Two cops, one target. Lots of shouting, some resistance from the target, and some strong-arming from the police. The squabble finally furnished some kind of package and an increase in shouting. This was predictable from the get-go. The social-housing component of the Olympic Village was part of the marketing material, and was originally supposed to be even bigger. Did the condo buyers think homelessness and drug abuse would add rustic colour? Some kind of cute-but-urban chic? A Richard Scarry hippo with cartoon needle tracks, perhaps? The saddest outcome, for me, would be a police-state clamp-down on the environment surrounding that building. A sane approach to addiction requires compassion and opportunities for integration. An urban prison in the middle of an affluent theme park can’t… Read more »
ex-kitsie
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ex-kitsie
It seems strange to me that this issue couldn’t be solved by changing the group managing the building. I live quite close to a similar building, not only in appearance but in the mix of people served, at 6th & Fir. The two buildings were finished and opened at approximately the same time and yet I have seen no problems at the building on Fir. The Mental Patients Association manage the high rise on Fir and it appears to be doing a fine job. I walk by there at least once a day and have never seen open drug dealing, garbage on the sidewalks or even aberrant behavior. What makes the building on Main so different – they both house the “hard to house” and yet one building appears to be operating smoothly and the other sounds like a hell… Read more »
Devore
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Devore

Well, you volunteer to live in a social experiment, there are bound to be some bumps along the way. The condo owners can always jump into their kayaks to get away from it all.

ILoveCharts
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ILoveCharts
One more thing to note: Everyone living in False Creek assumes they can just hop on the Skytrain and that they are only 5 minutes from downtown. The reality is that during the morning rush, the trains are very full by the time they reach the Main Street/Science World station and there is very little or no room for the False Creek folks to hop on. The line seems to be running almost at full capacity already during peak times (very little room for more trains.) With the addition of the Evergreen Line (all those people need to transfer at Commercial onto the Expo Line to go get downtown,) and with many new condos going up in False Creek, I don’t see how this is going to get better. Oh yeah – and then they will remove the viaduct. Folks… Read more »
smartBear
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smartBear

if a typhoon hit the lower mainland richmond would be under water!

Snake
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Snake

Hard to house people,crackheads and hookers should be contain in DTES not spreading these asshole to other area and infect every neighbourhood. If they want to still living in these neighbourhood they should be mandatory drug testing for these people and should be cut off welfare if they fail that drug test.Every single people living in that build ( Marguerite Ford Apartments) is given a cheque by the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation for the shelter and Support paid by the taxpayers like us.

These asshole treat these place like shit and expect us to pay for these place with my hard earn money fuck that. i say ship all the people who failed drug test back to DTES where they were living before and stop fucking other neighbourhood with these assholes.

Bearly above water
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Bearly above water

An oil tsunami is heading toward the Lower Mainland,
WTIC $ 93.00, down over $2.00 today

jesse
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Sad about the perceived problems with social housing. From my experience with it, there are a plethora of good tenants who qualify for subsidy, so I wonder if this is a case of an NGO taking renters without being discerning. It might be different if the rental operators had to live in the same complex. I used to sublet part of a house to tenants and for every person I thought was a good fit for a neighbour I must have rejected 20 before fully reading their applications, and another 5 who passed the “resume” screen and made it to the interview. Them’s slim pickin’s, and there are 25 people out there who need a place to live, that I would consider, most politely, to be of the “scratch and dent” variety. I’m all for community integration or whatever it’s… Read more »
Snake
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Snake
jesse Says: so I wonder if this is a case of an NGO taking renters without being discerning It might be different if the rental operators had to live in the same complex. ——————————————– Those people never get screened these asshole know how to work the system to get into nice & newer building, while the people who truly deserve still lives in shelter & shitty ass SRO rooms. The mangers in PHS make $60,000 with amazing benefits that will even make federal gov employee envy of.They work from 9 to 5 monday to friday that’s $30/hour equals to $240 a day the manages go home at the end of the day and these asshole take over the building have party. Iif a manager live in these building than they will know what’s happening. when the manager is their these… Read more »
smartBear
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smartBear

ppl who live in surrey are losers

smartBear
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smartBear

richmond drivers, lol

http://i.imgur.com/BK750rp.jpg

smartBear
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smartBear
Son of Ponzi
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Son of Ponzi

The rich people are moving into the DTES and the poor people are pressed out.
Simple physics.t

mac
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mac
I live in the Village and can confirm that since the Marguerite Ford apartments opened up there has been a noticeable change. Don’t forget there are two other social housing units in the immediate area, one at W 1st and Main and the other at Yukon & 3rd. So the area is housing quite a few addicts only “steps from the ocean” as RE agents like to say! There are two cops who live in our building and they say they have been very busy at the Ford apartments. I hear from friends who live at James that there’s lots of activity in the alleyways. Stashing drugs, etc. I feel most badly for the people at the James because it has to be the nicest building in the area. And I feel bad for renters and owners… I know why… Read more »
VMD@work
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VMD@work

1. Apparently Flaherty just said he “will intervene in Canada housing market as needed.” We’ll see about that..

2. Apparently most local Chinese media picked up on Goldman Sach’s piece on “Canadian Housing Bubble? 9 Signs We’re in for a Major Corection

3. The Canadian Experience Class rule change few days ago was described in many Chinese media as “will affect at least 80% of international students studying business/arts programs. They also
– expect more cooks/bookkeeping/accounting assistant (etc) job openings in coming years
– expect RE sales & rental market to be negatively affected (some expect condos to be more affected than SFHs)
– expect luxury car sales to be negatively affected

Unplugged
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Unplugged
VMD@work
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VMD@work
G&M: Jim Flaherty vows to intervene in housing market again if needed Canada’s finance minister says he’ll intervene in the housing market for a fifth time, if that’s what’s needed, to head off any bubble. “We have to watch out for bubbles – always – in markets around the world, including our own Canadian residential real estate market, which I keep a sharp eye on,” “And I’ve intervened four times in the last several years, and I’ll intervene again if I have to to make sure we don’t create a housing bubble.” – I still expect sales to significantly decline once the summer rate-holds run out (most should expire before end of this month), which makes another round of mortgage tightening in Spring/14…less necessary. – It might also be a good scenario for RE to stay warm until Spring/14, drawing… Read more »
Loon
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Loon

I just watched a great docu on the “help to buy” home buyers assistance plan in the UK, highlights the problems and the resulting bubble that is being inflated. Also touches on Irelands property crash.

Sorry nothing on youtube yet only bittorrent, worth the download:

http://thepiratebay.sx/torrent/9185191/Panorama.2013.11.11.The.Great.House.Price.Bubble.HDTV.XviD-AFG

jesse
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“And I’ve intervened four times in the last several years”

You mean the government has intervened since 2000 in a big way, and perpetually since World War 2. Intervening on an intervention is best left to Rob Ford’s mom.

space889
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space889

Wasn’t the skytrain stations upgraded to take 6 cars a few years ago? How come the 6 cars train hasn’t been put into service yet?

As for mental illness and drug treatment, it still surprised me that experts and academics think these people can take care of themselves on their own when the evidence just points to the opposite. Take the arguments against re-opening Riverview hospital and replace mental illness with any kind of long lasting physical illness requiring extended hospital stay, most people will find that argument to be BS. But somehow for mental illness it is all good??

Snake
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Snake
For all the people who thumps down my post(#10) give a valid reason why my point sucks ? otherwise people who thumbs me down guys are welfare bumps with crack addiction or hookers from DTES Have u ever been to MacDonald on tinsletown just buy something sit and watch the circus then u tell me if these Hard to house people,crackheads and hookers should be contain in DTES or not ? social housing is fine but they need to screen these individual thoroughly when they get placed in neighbourhood like that.these people need to know this not main & hastings where drugs get sold in front of police station.i think that’s only place in the world where drug dealing happens in front of police station. Next will be fraser & broadway as a new social housing project to be completed… Read more »
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