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Month: May, 2014

Even Worse: The 2014 Worst of Vancouver Survey

by Zbigniew

High-priced basement suite rents got you down?

Ceaseless construction noises rattling your thoughts?

Lost all faith in the local democratic process?

Channel that despair into the 2014 Worst of Vancouver Survey. Smart-ass invective most welcome.

To take the survey just click below:

 

Survey closes July 1, 2014.

Greenest City Chainsaw Mash-up

by Zbigniew

Erased

by Zbigniew

Perusing DOXA’s 2014 guide, I came across an advert from media sponsor CBC:

Cranehead

Several elements caught my attention: the rictus smiles, the highly managed hair and makeup, the cardboard-cut-out-against-skyline-background cheesiness. Wither the Mother Corp? It’s getting harder and harder to distinguish the public broadcaster from its private counterparts, both in wrapping and content.

I found some relief from the plastic in the construction crane sticking out of the part in Rene Fillippone’s sculpted hairdo. Oh, those ubiquitous cranes.

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I can’t speak to its origin, but this delineation of Downtown Eastside neighbourhoods seems to be the “offical” take. Certainly, it was recently employed by the City of Vancouver in its Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan:

DTES-LAPP1_0Gastown, Chinatown, Strathcona. I draw your attention in particular to Oppenheimer, or as its officially known, the Downtown Eastside Oppenheimer District.

On May 2nd I came across this on CBC’s website: Could Railtown be Vancouver’s next Yaletown?

“Old warehouses and factories are giving way to restaurants and furniture shops, fashion studios and offices for high-tech firms.” The primary draw of course are rents: between $14 and $22 per square foot, about half of the price of neighbouring Gastown.

That the juggernaught is rolling east is not exactly news -recall the land play that all but destroyed 439 Powell. What’s extraordinary about this article is the accompanying map:

railtown-neighbourhood

Oppenheimer has been swallowed near-whole by “Railtown,” the previously unofficial appellation of a modest strip of Railway & Alexander streets from Gore to … Princess? Heatley, maybe.

From SoMa to NoLo, the rebranding of neighbourhoods is popular tactic. It’s bottom-line savvy to create someplace from a suburban nowhere. Or, to erase and replace existing and troubled associations. Would you be more inclined to purchase one bedroom + den 550 sq. foot granite countertop condo in Railtown or the Downtown Eastside Oppenheimer District?

The article –which, curiously, lacks an attributed author- makes repeated references “Railtown,” while the Downtown Eastside is mentioned only once in a quote by Hastings Crossing BIA representative Wes Regan.

Its a pretty tight frame frame for a story, something more usually seen on Global or CTV?

There’s a story that matters here. But what is it?

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I’m awaiting the DOXA screening of Shameless Propaganda, a history of the early years of the NFB and Cancon agitprop, when the CBC ad comes up in the projected pre-show rotation. But something’s different in this version.

I catch it when it comes around again. It’s Rene’s hair. The construction crane: it’s gone -erased.

Craneless

Seen in Passing: Cordova & Seymour

by Zbigniew

Rubbish

Rubbish Detail