Jon Hernandez, CBC, November 29, 2018
“Henry Pryor, a property buying agent, says the London luxury new-build market is ‘already overstuffed but we’re just building more of them’.
“’We’re going to have loads of empty and part-built posh ghost towers,’ he says. ‘They were built as gambling chips for rich overseas investors, but they are no longer interested in the London casino and have moved on.”
“Ghost towers: half of new-build luxury London flats fail to sell,” Rupert Neate, The Guardian, January 26, 2018
“According to U.S. group Demographia, Vancouver is the third-least affordable city in the world for a home ….”
“Vancouver housing market more unaffordable than New York and London: survey,” Gerry Marr, The Financial Post, January 26, 2016
“I think there are people who say the Vancouver model is fine, and then there are others who don’t like the Vancouver model.”
Hon. Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety & Solicitor General
“In this chapter, we introduce the Vancouver model to tourism infrastructure planning and development. The key characteristics of this model are (1) an emphasis on private sector participation in tourism project development with little or no direct public financial support, (2) the leveraging of tourist amenities and infrastructure through private sector developments, and (3) an emphasis on planning for a liveable region, with particular emphasis on housing.”
Dennis R. Judd, The Infrastructure of Play: Building the Tourist City
“Of course, the Vancouver model lacks the keen public relations touch of the other, more media-centric New Urbanism. But that may come. Within a matter of years, the Vancouver urban prototype will save more energy, house more people, and make finer urban neigh- borhoods than all the overhyped neo-nineteenth-century projects combined. Vancouver is the portal through which the twenty-first-century city is being conceived, for good, and sometimes, for ill.”
Trevor Boddy, “New Urbanism: ‘The Vancouver Model’”
“[T]he Vancouver model is socially and politically regressive, promoting a suburban homogeneity, complacency, and torpor that threatens the capacity of cities to function as sites that support vitality, difference, and invention.”
“I was advised that the particular style of money laundering in B.C. related to B.C. casinos is being called, quote, ‘the Vancouver model’ in at least one international intelligence community.”
Hon. David Eby, Attorney General
The sudden arrival of the unseasonal cold has sped-up the fig tree’s autumnal striptease. Its bare limbs stand among a discarded shroud of leaves.
On this crystal clear Sunday I opt for the raking zen exercise.
Pulling the freeze-dried leaves into a pile, sunshine catches.
Something dreamlike: ice, molded by the corrugated skin and delicate veins of leaves.