May 13, 1971
For more than ten years, the city has prepared and commissioned one report after another, but nothing has happened...
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Posted 25 March 2019 - 08:23 PM
did that hot dog vendor fix it?
Sadly, no. The cart blocked the view.
Posted 25 March 2019 - 08:32 PM
On one side are those who insist that highrise buildings aren't necessarily ugly, but help revitalize a steadily declining downtown.As long as the buildings are of a high architectural standard, they say, the city doesn't lose any of its appeal.On another side are those who want to convert the entire Inner Harbor area into a park. Waterfront, they claim, should be used for the benefit of the public.And then there are those in the middle who are willing to tolerate a certain amount of commercial activity (restaurants, shopping facilities, lowrise apartment buildings) as long as the public is assured of a fair share of waterfront access.
Or maybe the dichotomies and competing premises weren't entirely valid to begin with? How about high-quality lowrise commercial buildings and apartments with restaurants and shops that not only assure a "fair share" of waterfront access but actually enable more & better waterfront access than would otherwise be possible?
Posted 25 March 2019 - 09:20 PM
Posted 09 May 2019 - 04:42 PM
This article is focused on Vancouver but still, you get the idea. Some excerpts:
House-hunting in Vancouver? Bring lots of cash -- and a tent
Globe and Mail
April 5, 1980
...thousands of families in Ontario and Eastern Canada are thinking of packing their station wagons and heading for the Pacific Coast for a new life in the golden West.
Daffodils and tulips have already peaked. Vancouver's 60,000 street trees have burst into blossom. It's that time of the year when locals brag that they may comfortably ski down a mountain before lunch and sail around English Bay until dinner.
But wait. Listen first to Jim Patterson, British Columbia's embattled rentalsman. ''If you're coming out on spec, you should have lots of money -- and a tent."
...finding a job can be tough enough, without the double-whammy of a seemingly insane housing market...
In Vancouver, one of the tightest housing markets in North America, the vacancy rate is .2 per cent. In Victoria, it is .1 per cent, and in some suburban areas it is a flat zero.
Average house prices in Greater Vancouver, which rose 7 per cent last year, leaped 8.3 per cent to $76,811 in the first two months of this year. ''Don't bother looking for worse statistics," says Richard McAlary, regional economist with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. ''They can't get any worse."
...B.C. led the country into its last housing crisis, in 1973-75. Rent controls were imposed in the province in 1974...
...landlord and tenant groups, revived and infused with a new militancy, are pressing the federal and provincial governments for incentives to boost rental construction.
Small professional investors and the rental construction industry have been in a sulk for months about Ottawa's cancellation of popular MURB tax shelters - Multiple-Unit Residential Buildings - that permitted the depreciation of capital costs against personal income.
Ottawa bureaucrats have acknowledged that while the West would have benefited from prolonged tax sheltering, that was insufficient justification to maintain a $10-million nation-wide program.
Opinion here is that it will take a broad new program by the federal Government, reintroducing tax incentives and dealing with high interest rates, to improve the B.C. picture.
Rental market analysis by the rentalsman's office shows that dizzying dips in the roller-coaster rate of apartment construction in the past decade have coincided with elimination of federal incentives provided by the Revenue Department and CMHC.
The Human Resources Ministry, the bailiff of bankrupted dreams, has no empty beds in its usual emergency shelters. It has about 300 people bunked with friends and in Vancouver hotels and motels.
Low wage earners have been forced on to the street by rent increases of up to $250 on apartments they had been renting for $450 a month.
Rents on a one-bedroom apartment in a five-year-old building in Vancouver are averaging up to $375 a month. About 25 per cent of the renters already are paying out more than 35 per cent of their gross income for rent.
The housing market in Vancouver requires a wrenching adjustment for those newly arrived from most other cities in Canada. ''We've had people living in tents before when the vacancy rate was much higher than it is now,"
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Posted 09 May 2019 - 05:33 PM
Posted 16 May 2019 - 03:58 PM
If Victoria was a movie, how many sequels and/or reboots would audiences have suffered through by now?
$6,000,000 Mayfair Open to Public Today
October 16, 1963
A number of merchants on this part of Douglas Street, most of them on the Saanich side of the boundary, were put out of business some time ago by loss of trade resulting from the Capital Improvement District Commission's Douglas Street parking ban.
...one of the diehards, who had operated a drug store there for nearly nine years, saw the handwriting on the wall and locked up his store... with two years and two months yet to go on his building lease.
"I couldn't see any future," said Mr. Bruce...
Parking a Must
"This is exactly what I expected would happen when they took parking away," said Saanich Couns. Joseph Casey. "...as long as there is no parking, they cannot do any business."
"Downtown" Soon at Saanich Line
September 30, 1962
Greater Victoria shoppers in a few years' time will call the city-Saanich boundary on Douglas the "downtown" commercial district, a Saanich councillor predicted yesterday.
Coun. Gregory Cook said he thought downtown businesses will move to the fringes of the large Mayfair shopping centre under construction just south of the Saanich boundary at Douglas and Tolmie.
Two community planners agreed the mile-long stretch of land east of Douglas between the Town-and-Country shopping centre and the Mayfair shopping centre will become a major commercial area, but felt there was no immediate danger of city merchants suffering because of it.
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