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#261 Bingo

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Posted 05 November 2018 - 10:22 PM

New rumour is that there are going to be two cities named, Crystal City is one, Houston and Long Island are the others named.

 

Finally ...now can we LOCK this ridiculous thread.


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#262 On the Level

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Posted 05 November 2018 - 10:36 PM

^The real issue is no other municipality wants the CoV issues which were brought onto themselves.  While I would never live in Langford, I do admire what Stew Young has done to Langford in 20 or so years or leadership, and basically single handedly

 

What frustrates me most of all is candidates who say they want affordable housing but also don't want to change anything.  In my mind there is only one way to create affordable housing - either allow more condos or allow subdivision to create smaller lots.  Most of the Saanich Peninsula is multi acre lots, but the only thing they grow is a lot of lawns.  Not sure if amalgamating will change any of that

 

Personally I think we will only see a lot of change as the older generation die off.  Far too many 50+ people here still don't have a clue about affordability, after all they paid 100k for their house, whats the big deal?

 

Edit:  wait, how the heck did we start talking about this in the Amazon thread lol

 

Yes and no.  It was the CoV population that pushed for the Westshore after the backlash of all of the 1960/70s apartment blocks.   That was where the CRD budget came from to push major sewer lines out there and punching through the highway expansion in the 1990s.  

 

There is no Amazon coming to Langford, but there might be something smaller in the next 10 to 20 years.  It's the only place in the CRD that could support a major player without public backlash poisoning the whole thing.  



#263 lanforod

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 09:10 AM

New rumour is that there are going to be two cities named, Crystal City is one, Houston and Long Island are the others named.

 

Dallas and NYC (I guess maybe that's Long Island) are others I've read. 

Wait and see I guess. Probably just pitching for twice the incentives.



#264 spanky123

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 09:17 AM

Dallas and NYC (I guess maybe that's Long Island) are others I've read. 

Wait and see I guess. Probably just pitching for twice the incentives.

 

100% correct. Standard sales tactic. Get the cities to offer up 100% of the incentives and then give them 50% of the promise.



#265 AllseeingEye

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Posted 12 November 2018 - 09:19 PM

Not a huge surprise but multiple media sources including CBC and CNN are reporting tonight that "HQ2" will be announced tomorrow and will be split between NYC and northern Virginia, both of which had been pegged some time ago as highly likely locations for the new Amazon office facilities.



#266 tjv

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Posted 13 November 2018 - 08:05 AM

^yes its been officially confirmed as those locations.  I have to wonder if those locations will roll back the incentives as they are only getting 1/2 of what was promised?



#267 Citified.ca

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 11:47 AM

Victoria might not have attracted the likes of Amazon, but a report from CBRE nevertheless identifies the Capital Region as one of the nation's top technology hubs.
 
Victoria ranks high among Canada's leading tech towns: industry report
https://victoria.cit...ndustry-report/
 
Victoria’s emergence on a high-profile tech industry ranking identifying Canada’s leading technology clusters underpins the Capital’s role as a centre for innovation and a welcoming environment for start-ups.
 
A report issued by commercial real-estate brokerage CBRE has identified the south Island as a rising star among Canada’s 20 key tech clusters, otherwise known as urban centres with an established tech industry, that are critical to ensuring start-ups have access to investor capital, unique supports and opportunities to secure sufficient human resources.
 
“Victoria’s debut on CBRE’s list is at a very respectable number-ten spot,” says Ross Marshall, Vice-President of CBRE’s Victoria office.
 
“This is the first time the list has been expanded to include more than ten technology clusters and Victoria placing in the top-ten confirms what so many of us have suspected, that the region plays an integral role on a national scale.” [Full article]
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