TEA & TWO SLICES: On Painted Stupidity And Vancouver’s Inability To Dress Itself

September 20, 2011.

by Sean Orr | So The Tyee remembers Greenpeace, but fails to even mention this past Saturday’s #Occupywallstreet demonstration led by a different Vancouver-based activist organisation. The Tyee column is called mediacheck (better check yo selfs before you wreck yo selfs).

Unfortunately, I will be renouncing my D.N.C membership after they spraypainted “Gentrifuckation” in front of L’Abattoir in Gastown. How is a local, independent restaurant staffed with industry veterans (and bearded iconoclastic dishwashers) akin to a Cactus Club at Main and Hastings? Don’t get me wrong, I used to be angry and irrational too (I still am), but now I see that the word gentrification alone is meaningless.

By blanketing all development as evil, protesters demean themselves. Condos are one thing, but even Habititat For Humanity’s no frills housing for the middle class is attacked? Why didn’t they go south instead and tour the real, unchecked gentrification that is Yaletown? Gastown was gentrified about 40 years ago as a way of preventing the real destructive power of gentrification in the form of freeway development (see Project 200).

One can almost invert the subject of Obama’s words from rich people to these protesters: “This is not class warfare. It’s math.”

A thoughtful rebuttal from Rabble: Vancouver Beat Cop launches blog about Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Traversing the nuances between exploitation and exposure.

Tweet of the Day: lindsaykines, “Canada Starts Here. Is that Christy Clark’s job strategy or her next radio show”?

Runner Up: DouglasHaddow, “New Tory crime bill will send 3K marijuana industrialists to prison. That’s a 1 in 100 chance if you grow. It’s like a really shitty lottery”.

A ranking I can finally get behind: Vancouver 3rd in worst-dressed city list.

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Tea & Two Slices A cup of tea, a couple of slices of toast, and Sean Orr…

Sean Orr started writing letters to the editor after he dropped out of Geography at UBC, although the two are unrelated. Shortly after that, this thing called blogging was invented and he started writing for Beyond Robson until Andrew Morrison came to him with Scout. Aside from being good at stirring things up, Sean is a photographer, a musician (frontman in the hardcore-punk band Needs), and a resident of Gastown, where he is employed as a dishwasher at L’Abattoir.
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