Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Macleans Magazine and BC Business look at the Olympic Village
While the city is embroiled in Public Hearings on the proposal to build an enlarged casino in Vancouver, two interesting stories appeared in my inbox today regarding the Olympic Village. The first is from Macleans magazine. http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/03/08/live-like-an-olympian%E2%80%94now-half-price/ Many of the comments are by participants in a forum held late last month organized by SFU/ThinkCity and the Planning Institute of BC on lessons to be learned from the Olympic Village. I am in general agreement with most of comments in the story, although I was surprised to read the comment attributed to the Mayor which implies that politicians...presumably NPA politicians 'prioritized' luxury units.
Trust me, Your Worship, Kim Capri and Elizabeth Ball did not decide what the unit sizes should be. Those decisions were made by the Maleks and Bob Rennie
The other story is very interesting and addresses the broader issue of social engineering and combining the rich and poor in neighbourhoods around the city. Notwithstanding the vigorous criticisms I received when I suggested that it wasn't fiscally prudent to mix the really rich with the really poor, I decided to repeat this to the very bright lady who wrote the story. You can find it here. http://www.bcbusinessonline.ca/2011/03/07/vancouver-mixed-income-housing-woodwards?page=0%2C0