Posts Tagged ‘condo towers’

Inside job: How a murky system of preferential access skews new condo sales

Saturday, June 24th, 2017


M City condo development, in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga


Above, story on preferential sales to offshore buyers by Westbank, a Vancouver developer who built an outsized condo development in Vancouver’s Chinatown

This important article, “Inside job: How a murky system of preferential access skews new condo sales” is behind a paywall, so I’ve cut and pasted its content here.

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The End of the Age of Tall Buildings

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Vancouver towers from Wikimedia Commons

[Update: see post on this topic on the Vancouver Lights blog. Also see this critique of glass highrises by Lisa Rochon in the Globe and Mail. Apologies that this is such a long post. For urbanist nerds only, perhaps, though this issue affects anyone interested in urban affordability and sustainability.]

 

The other evening I had to go to a meeting in a condo tower’s boardroom.

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Condos and highrise buildings, New York vs Vancouver

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

(All photos here are of New York. Photos of Vancouver to be appended later.)

The building at left is by Gehry. Shot is taken from the Highline promenade. I’m not normally a fan of Gehry but this grouping of buildings is quite attractive and when I saw its complementary surfaces I was struck by how seldom (never) Vancouver achieves this.

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“We are all Canucks” until we riot, apparently. Then it’s the work of a “handful.”

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

“Hockey’s over-the-top fandom (and the same could be said for the Olympics) seems a frantic expression of what the post-modern metropolis and its high-rise ghettos lack and even deliberately negate — a human-scale community in which individuals feel purposeful and acknowledged.”

“In the absence of any shared collective progressive principles, the BC elite longed for a new solidarity forged from of this “fighting collectivity” of Canucks fans.

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