What's absurd to me is the way the author thinks that low density housing near the downtown core is how we can best mitigate climate change. How is it more environmentally friendly to ensure that fewer people are able to live in one of Victoria's most walkable neighborhoods? Clearly this "environmentalist", as she calls herself, is misinformed as to how cities need to change to reduce CO2 emissions.
Managing density / urban development
Posted 12 September 2019 - 05:36 PM
She's no environmentalist. A NIMBY in hemp clothing is still a NIMBY.
Posted 20 September 2019 - 10:19 AM
I understand the concerns of longtime Fairfield residents who may be worried about the effects of new development in their neighbourhood. It’s one of the most desirable neighbourhoods in the city to live in due to its proximity to downtown and relative quietude compared to other areas nearby.
Fairfield is also one of the most desirable areas in the city due to its higher density. People NEVER mention this, because they just can't get their heads around it. They refuse to come to terms with it. If a higher density neighbourhood is convenient, comfortable, and quiet then why should anyone worry about higher densities? Density is not the antithesis of desirability. Never was, never will be. Density can be done poorly, sure. But if everybody likes Fairfield then isn't that strong evidence that density has been done well in Fairfield? Just continue to follow the Fairfield model and there should be no problem.
...the concerns of residents who are already in a comfortable position of homeownership should not trump those of residents who are struggling to survive in a city that is becoming increasingly inhospitable to the renting population.
If you are a homeowner in Victoria and have been for several years, take a moment to think about what it would be like if you moved to Victoria now. With housing prices entirely unaffordable for new graduates and an almost zero per cent vacancy rate for rental units, there is a dire need for change.
Sigh. For almost 60 years we've been saying this. We'll be saying it 60 years from now, I'm sure. Every day is the first day all over again.
Seriously, these are the headlines almost exactly 50 years apart:
September 14, 1969
"Squeeze Is On: High Density Inevitable"
September 20, 2019
"We need greater density to deal with housing shortage"
Edited by aastra, 20 September 2019 - 10:27 AM.
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