Vancouver: Getting better or worse?

Pete McMartin has an editorial over at the Vancouver Sun about the ‘amenity paradox‘ – that is that the attributes that make a city attractive to live in eventually erode liveability.

“It’s funny that you should mention the Amenity Paradox,” said author and urban planner Lance Berlowitz. “I was thinking about that very thing last month when I was in Barcelona. It’s one of my favourite cities and I’ve been there many times, and local people I know there were complaining that they can no longer afford to live in the city, that it has become too tourist-oriented, that, like Paris, it has become a caricature of itself.”

That is not the case in Vancouver. As much as our Chamber of Commerce would convince us of our global significance, we are not anywhere near being in the league of Barcelona, Paris, or even Toronto, for that matter. And we have a long way to go in terms of becoming truly urbane.

Wrote Bob Ransford, consultant and bi-weekly columnist for The Sun on urban design:

“We are quite delusional about what we are in Vancouver. We’re a small regional city that has seen a population spike, changing quickly some of our old ways. Those old ways were not that impressive. We’re like the 14-year-old — neither an adult nor a child, but we think we’re pretty special and we pretend we’re more gorgeous than any other teen — yet we’re terribly insecure.

So what do you think? Is Vancouver getting better as it grows more mature or are we still an adolescent insecure city in many ways?

Read the full article here.

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Bo Xilai
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Bo Xilai

I half-expected the Vancouver Sun to run a story with this headline…

“Chaos in Hong Kong Good for Vancouver Real Estate: Rennie”

featuring Rennie, or any of the other interchangeable RE self-serving bobble-heads…

VanRant
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VanRant

re: Bo Xilai

This time Beijing can not massacre the protesters in HK and burn their bodies and the people in HK knows that. The protest is just going to get stronger while the whole world is watching. It could be a very long event and if Beijing gives in, it could be the end of the evil empire. Pass the popcorn.

HK is mad
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HK is mad

Beijing’s plan is to dismantle traditional cantonese institutions, like the triad, that’s why the ppl in HK are so upset. communist party does not like competition.

Lou
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Lou

I don’t feel the protest will go anywhere, everything will be back normal when people there realize that the economy starts hurting.

Richmond RE Office
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Richmond RE Office

It’s been very busy in our office this morning.

Not hot air. Watch the SFD sales and prices in the next 30 days.

Sit back and enjoy.

VanRant
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VanRant

In hearts of hong kpngers, the most hated are the communist, of whom the older generation fled from years ago. Many remember having their properties seized in china, while millions we tortured and executed. That is why many sought the safety of the Canadian passport in the nineties as a life insurance policy when they saw the massacre in tiananmen square. The communist should have left HK alone and now they are cornered in a situation they can not win. Power to the people of Hong Kong.

patriotz
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“Is Vancouver getting better as it grows more mature or are we still an adolescent insecure city in many ways?”

I think it’s grown less mature. An adolescent who thinks he’s mature because he has a big expensive car is less mature than an adolescent who knows he isn’t mature.

Hahahaha
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Hahahaha

See lots of people falling for the American “pivot” to Hong Kong – i.e. “democracy” protests.

It’s more of the same. The program to destabilize China was implemented within weeks of China’s Central Bank ending it’s American bond buying program.

While Canada may have the ability to “vote,” there is nevertheless conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses in order to acheive objectives, such as narrowing “candidates” to 1-2 individuals, or achieve a certain foreign policy objective.

Beijing is basically doing the same thing, but in a less sophisticated manner, by “choosing” the candidates that can run for office.

Hahahaha
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Hahahaha

“Is Vancouver getting better as it grows more mature or are we still an adolescent insecure city in many ways?”

I think it’s grown less mature. An adolescent who thinks he’s mature because he has a big expensive car is less mature than an adolescent who knows he isn’t mature.

Wow…you must be fun at parties…Are all Vancouvites this depressed?!

Leaving for the south of Spain in 7 weeks. 6 months sabbatical! yahoo!

Hmmmm
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Hmmmm

HAM enjoying our beautiful outdoor environment

http://youtu.be/1rRpps5N064

Bob the builder
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Bob the builder

….While Canada may have the ability to “vote,” there is nevertheless conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses in order to acheive objectives, such as narrowing “candidates” to 1-2 individuals, or achieve a certain foreign policy objective….

Thank you Chairman Mao. Power to the proletariat.

space889
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space889
@Madashell – That’s an angle I have not thought about before and it is an interesting theory. I think Beijing has realized that it is in a no win PR war regardless of what it does on “international” media stage since everything is so biased. However, it definitely has to win domestically in the sense that it has to bring HK in line. Truth be people, while the Hongers like to think of themselves as the supreme of Chinese, if not a superior seperate race/ethnic non-Chinese group, they don’t really have much respect within China itself. Where do you think all the crass and spoiled behavior really got started? HongKong. Frankly many in China believe the only reason HongKong got rich and where it is is due to simply luck and history & closed door policies of the communist. HongKong… Read more »
space889
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space889

Based on some famous posters on this blog, I would say Vancouver has gotten worse in the last 20 years since the first HK wave of immigrants.

As for attracting the dregs of Chinese society, what is that saying you have? Something about honey attracts more birds, and pile of dung attracts more flies?

Hahahaha
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Hahahaha

@space889

We are in a global sanctions war now. China has basically stopped buying US treasuries. The US is running 1T deficits.

It’s eerily reminiscent to 1937. A competitive race to the bottom.

The easiest way out would be massive war that would act as enormous economic stimulus.

I would argue the CIA (they have operationalized regime destabilization) are behind what’s happening in Hong Kong. It’s the “Asian Pivot” Obama talked about.

Interesting times coming up

tedeastside
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tedeastside

@hahaha…..but but but you wont be in the best place on earth.

u cant ski and kayak the same day in the south of Spain

Bull! Bull! Bull!
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Bull! Bull! Bull!

usa is meddling in HK. HK is a beach head for freedom and democracy.

i wonder which foreign government is meddling in Vancouver. what’s vancouver a beach head for?

is this site being monitored by foreign governments?

Loon
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Loon

Open for debate:

What does it mean to you to live comfortably in Vancouver ?

joe
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joe

We stand with the brave citizens of Hong Kong and their fight againt Beijing’s attempt to install a puppet government. Too bad our own government legitimizes this dictatorship with trade etc. Where are you Mr. Harper in your support of these brave HK young people fighting for freedom?

space889
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space889

Uhm…HK is part of China, not an independent state. Puppet government refers governments of an independent country/state serving/subservient to government of another independent country/state.

Westside Realtor
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Westside Realtor

I hope the HK protesters rush to buy westside sfh.

Otherwise the situation just gets worse by the day.

Surrey building lots flying off the shelf?

would-be buyer
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would-be buyer
crabman
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crabman

Getting better or worse? Well, I came to visit in 2001 and liked it so much I moved here. If I were coming now to visit, I definitely wouldn’t move here. I guess that means I think it’s getting worse.

Best place on meth
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Best place on meth

#10

“I think I have right to….aahhhh…reject question.”

Yes, and the reporter has a right to put your shameless, filthy, piece of shit PRC face on TV for everyone to see.

I would have shoved the garbage in his mouth and made him choke on it.

Fuck China.

Let this betrayal of Hong Hong be a lesson to Taiwan that they should NEVER even consider joing those mainland dirtbags.

Heard Herd selling
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Heard Herd selling

My Vancouver lawyer buddies tell me thing’s are slow, they primarily deal with HAM for a variety of purposes. September is normally crazy busy after the summer holidays, this year crickets they tell me, somethings up

paulb
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