Thursday, December 13, 2012

A holiday greeting card retrospective


It's the time of year when many of us send and receive greeting cards.

In years gone by, I used to design and print cards which often took an entire weekend to personally sign and send out. My daughters would help me stuff the cards into envelopes and stick on the stamps. Rather than a pretty card with pictures of silver balls and other Christmas decorations, the cards often related to my company's development activities.
The 1989 card was a Christmas tree made from newspaper headlines from the Spetifore Lands rezoning. In 1991 both the Vancouver Courier and Province did stories on a card that ridiculed NIMBYism, following the defeat of a rezoning application to build additional rental housing at Langara Gardens. The idea came to me in the dentist's chair. Santa Clause is coming to town was playing on the radio, and I imagined him being greeted by the protestors who had organized to block the rental housing. My daughters suggested a few of the picket signs!

In 2009, I reluctantly made the switch from a printed card to an electronic card. This year, like so many of you, I decided to again send out an electronic card. However, since many of my current friends and colleagues did not know me back in 1989, I decided it was time for a 'retrospective'. After all, I became a senior citizen in 2012, so it's not entirely inappropriate to look back.

Below is this year's card. If you take a few moments to read it, I hope you will agree it tells an interesting story about real estate development and other issues of the day, including an earlier hockey lock-out, the need for an expanded convention centre, concerns over pink stucco houses, and the grand opening of the Ford Theatre! Remember the Ford Theatre? The lobby is still too small!

At the end you will find an unabashed effort to spread the word about Hollyburn Mews, a new infill development I am building in West Vancouver, which is about to come to market. Happy Holidays!




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