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City proposes 3.4% property tax increase

You can probably handle paying an extra $49 bucks, but George Affleck points out that over the past 10 years the city budget has grown 30% while population has grown 9%.

The $1.32-billion draft 2017 budget was released late Wednesday afternoon. It includes a 3.4 per cent property tax increase and other increases for utility, recreation and permit fees.

The city says the increases will go towards greater costs for existing services that are in line with inflation and new expenditures in other areas like social housing, security and the arts.

According to the city, the property and utility fee increases will amount to an extra $49 in costs for a median homeowner in Vancouver.

Read the full article over at the CBC.

Vancouver, New York, London & Paris

Reader tedeastside either hates Vancouver or he wants other people to.

Regular visitors here know teds comments have a certain reliable tone to them, but yesterday’s got creative and inspired people to riff on it:

to those proud vancouverites who mention vancouver in the same breath as New York or London probably thinks the following

Shangri-la = Empire State building
Robson Square = Rockefeller center
Nat Bailey = Yankee Stadium
Steam Clock = Big Ben
Olympic Cauldron = Eiffel Tower
VAG = the Louvre
Robson street = Champs-Élysées
Gassy Jack = Statue of Liberty
North Van Sulfer piles = the Pyramids

This of course got some pointing out that Vancouver can have overpriced real estate and still be a decent city, but where’s the fun in that?

Continue reading Vancouver, New York, London & Paris

FFFA! It’s Friday again!

Well well, look at that, you made it to the end of another work week.

This is Friday and that means it’s time for another Friday Free-for-all, our regular end of the week news round up and open topic discussion thread for the the weekend.

Here are a few recent links to kick of the chat:

Can the industry police itself?
Ultimate buy / rent calculator
Boom a bust for heritage buildings
Canada job market not quite best
Leaving the city for better economics
Tiny homes
Is the worst over for Looney?

So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!

Does density make people happy?

Is there a ‘good’ and a ‘bad’ kind of density?

Is density for its own sake an improvement to a city?

Gordon Clark has an opinion piece over at the Vancouver Province about density and it’s effect on people in the city.

Perhaps I’d feel better about all the growth if someone could point to some positives. But where are all the natural history museums, art galleries and other great cultural features common to other large cities? Despite the growth, we’re not acquiring any of the cultural attributes of large cities that at least provide some trade-off to a hectic life in an urban jungle. Let’s face it, we’re an artistic wasteland compared with truly great cities. How are all those condo towers blocking the spectacular views of the North Shore mountains and the ocean making us more interesting?

What do you think? Are community and culture getting shafted in the race to density and growth or are long term Vancouverites just grouchy and looking at the past through rose coloured glasses?

 

FFFA! Economy, Moving, Morale & Helicopters!

It’s that time of the week again!

Its Friday Free-for-all time!

This is when we do our regular end of the week news round up and open topic discussion thread for the weekend, here are a few recent links to kick off the chat:

City employees low on morale
Canada Bubble about to burst?
Too late for warnings?
Harpers investment advice
Interprovincial migration by age
You need $2.3 million to retire
One persons move away experience
Advertorial brings back helicopter meme

So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes in the comments below and have an excellent weekend!