by Sean Orr | Wow: In Vancouver, house owners earned more sitting on their assets than entire population did by actually working last year. What a bunch of lazy bastards.
“But we have craft beer! And gay people! And food trucks! Plus you’re racist! OMG, shuddup” — this is our uncharacteristically truculent Mayor (paraphrased) in response to Vancouver’s internationally recognized affordability crisis (Why is Vancouver so Expensive?). Sorry Gregor, but despite increased job growth our economy is not comparable to London’s, New York’s, or San Francisco’s.
To make matters worse, only a fraction of new social housing units in Vancouver are guaranteed for low-income people. So…great news for the record number of homeless people.
Funny thing, though: when rental housing is built, NIMBYS oppose it: Parking-lot battle brews over five-storey rental proposed near Commercial Drive.
And just to rub it in for the people who can’t afford to live near where they work, they’re going to start charging drivers a fee-per-kilometre driven! Hope all of you “no” voters are happy.
No wonder housing/poverty/homelessness is the number one concern facing British Columbia today, narrowing edging out “The bongo drums are waking me up” of course.