Plot

by Zbigniew

The weather warms; thoughts turn to the garden, to the spreading of manure and the turning of soil.

Our burghers have caught this strain of spring fever in a big way, evident in their generously apportioning of bullshit all along Broadway, from Commercial Drive to UBC.

A city-commissioned KPMG report is their slender almanac, and a $2.8 billion subway the fix for the standing-room-only busses running down “North America’s busiest bus corridor.”

The only fix: it’s already a given that tram and light rail won’t do the job, while the bolstering of the lackadaisical bus timetables of 4th and 16th avenues isn’t even on the agenda. And the real head scratcher is that the subway proposal comes without a land-use plan.

As soil prep goes, the city’s approach is decidedly unorthodox, like tilling a raised garden bed with a pickaxe, blindfolded. It looks crazy, unless destruction itself is the intended goal.

Busses, trams and street rail would barely ruffle the surface, but a subway is pure disruption, a literal loosening of the soil, an undermining of roots and foundations by giant metal Chaffer beetles. In its wake will come the weeds: increased land value, taxes, and rents, closures, permits, and the inevitable podium/towers. The lack of a land-use plan isn’t an oversight, its intentional. It’ll facilitate the chaos, allowing the growth to find its own opportunistic path.

All the planning that’s necessary is to demarcate the plot:

Broadway Corridor

The UBC-Broadway Corridor: Unlocking the Economic Potential, KPMG, p. 9