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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.

FFFA! SALES! CONDOS! INFLATION! RENT! POT!

It’s that time of the week again, this is when we do our regular end of the week news roundup and open topic discussion thread for the weekend.  Here are a few recent links to kick off the chat:

Winter freeze for Vancouver sales?
RET better than a new condo?
Calgary & Edmonton beat Vancouver
Don’t bet on inflation for home prices
Rent Vs. Buy
Everybody must get stoned
West Van waterfront acreage $20.00
Rona sales struggling
Shadow inventory?
Mr. Christie you make good condos
Really low sales

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