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Melissa Fong: VANCOUVER “FOREIGN BUYERS”- DRIVING SPECULATION & UNAFFORDABILITY? PART 2

Read Part 1 here I just wanted to update you with this thread of articles that are very illuminating- Please add your thoughts to this conversation- Some of the conversation […]

Melissa Fong: ICYMI: Funny images- Gregor Robertson, #BestWank, Hobbit House

In case you missed it- some fun images from others that made me chuckle: ^Homage to WestBank, of course. And then this.. : (Filed under: Happy rant, Marxist rant Tagged: […]

Melissa Fong: Who’s buying condos in Vancouver’s Chinatown?

For your comment : ) Meet Sebastian, a Sommelier, & Linnie & Nicolas (Author & “Customer Engagement specialist” who have already bought at Keefer Block Condos (Keefer & Main). Solterra […]

Melissa Fong: Pointing fingers at Vancouver’s unaffordability problem: Answers & more questions…

Ever since my last post I have received a lot of questions as to why I found it so entertaining- the debate. I was also contacted by dozens- yes, dozens- […]

Melissa Fong: Vancouver “Foreign Buyers”- driving speculation & unaffordability?

I think I discovered the most amazing conversation on Facebook and YOU have to contribute to this debate. I have thought about this for a long time (thanks to AY […]

Melissa Fong: “Infinitely Privileged”?: Vancouver condo ads just got that much worse…

Of course, Vancouver has hit an all time ridiculousness. If all the DTES condo ads didn’t make you sick already (espousing creative class lifestyles or properties for all those exciting off-the-grid-go […]

Melissa Fong: Housing in Vancouver #VancouverManifesto

I’m going to start a series called “Vancouver Manifesto”. They are going to be my general beliefs about Vancouver city-building. They might be in the form of starting a conversation, answering a question or just a quirky statement from an urbanist. The best housing in #YVR is in S. False Creek/Fairview/MountPleasant-dense, midrise, mix. Limit condos;encourage . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Housing in Vancouver #VancouverManifesto

Melissa Fong: Vancouver developers- Gillespie, DTES & other thoughts on financial reform, Vision Vancouver

…. They WILL earn a profit because it is Vancouver.

Gillespie knows that encroaching on DTES is best odds at this point in Vancouver’s real estate. Largest “rent-gap”/ current to potential price in the city- and he’s always known that so he’s more bold, perhaps than others, to make that happen.

I know a lot . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Vancouver developers- Gillespie, DTES & other thoughts on financial reform, Vision Vancouver

Melissa Fong: Vancouver Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan- Speaker #55

…when you have an extensive plan that guarantees redevelopment and insertion of new and desirable market rate housing, you are planning the upclassing of a neighbourhood. The DTES has staved off gentrification forces as much as it has because it is has been safeguarded for the poor. The redevelopment of Hastings East might as well . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Vancouver Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan- Speaker #55

Melissa Fong: The demise of the Annex: Westbank bought Honest Ed site

I don’t know why this news induces both laughter and sadness in me. There’s a salty pool of tears collected by irony. Honest Eds is possibly one of the most iconic buildings, business and site in Toronto (Top 5, easily, gaining much more fondness than that phallic “free-standing” structure by the waterfront. The tackiness of . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: The demise of the Annex: Westbank bought Honest Ed site

Bill Longstaff: Are political donations and Alberta’s persistent condo problems related?

Justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done. — Lord Hewart, Seventh Lord Chief Justice of England

The same might be said about governing. Governing parties should not only govern justly but should be seen to be governing justly. That is difficult when they receive large political . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Are political donations and Alberta’s persistent condo problems related?