Dunbar Re-Vision

@MayorGregor Happy Fourth Anniversary!! | December 10, 2012

(Credit to Rand Chaterjee for shooting this video, and the Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver (NSV) who organized a gathering of 400 people at Heritage Hall in 2008 to help celebrate the first Vancouver Vision victory. Vision had committed in writing, to support community based planning, but since that time they have betrayed the public trust.)

As we recall, Mayor Gregor was ebullient in his high praise for neighbourhoods back in 2008. It was music to the ears of all who would listen. But how have things been in the last four years? Can we say that the neighbourhoods have had their say?
It turns out with respect to land use issues, with the exception of the casino proposal, that the neighbourhoods have had to fight, with out success, every project passed through council.
But, perhaps things are soon to change. @MayorGregor and Councillor Reimer have set a new task force into motion. It is called the Engaged City Task Force. Additionally, and more recently, when he talks to his peers he uses language like, “I am concerned that these proposals are being considered in the absence of full public input”

This assuredly, will be the neighbourhoods’ salvation. Just as it has been for Dunbar. Of the hundreds of letters sent to the Mayor and Council regarding the Pacific Arbour proposal for the 4600 block of Dunbar Street, including the Dunbar Re-Vision request for a meeting, nary a reply was received.

What part about, “Serious Voice” were we to believe? Surely you can’t be serious? See: RAMP   WEN   ARCA   Norquay  Yaletown   Strathcona       Mainlander   FCRA   SHPOA    KennCedCot   Calm   CCAP   DTEast   KARA   CHW   DR

Happy anniversary Mayor Robertson.


2 Comments »

  1. Note the language in the Engaged City Task Force report at http://former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20121003/documents/ptec20121003min.pdf:

    “In light of the Vancouver Foundation research on belonging and inclusion, particular attention will be paid to recruiting individuals with expertise and experience with engaging individuals 25-34 years of age. In addition, the task force will seek to recruit individuals with experience and expertise in effective use of social media for community engagement.”

    Indeed this is a group that does not vote as prevalently as older cohorts, and this must be corrected. However, why is this task force focusing so exclusively to younger residents? Is it because so many of the “older” folks (everyone over 34!) have already realized how hollow Vision’s policies and promises are?

    Looking at the composition of this Task Force, many are current or former city staff, subcontractors or grant recipients. Is this group independent and unbiased? Why was no one from the city’s many Residents or Community Associations chosen?

    Comment by Randy Chatterjee — December 10, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

  2. Through experience I have learned never to trust anyone under 74.

    Comment by Jonathan Baker — December 10, 2012 @ 10:26 pm


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