Posts Tagged ‘real estate’

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 “Non-Partisan” Association, Vancouver’s zombie political party

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014


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This post is for Vancouverites who are either new to the city, or who are urban or civic politics nerds but aren’t acquainted with the early historical roots of the local civic political party that is known—somewhat hilariously—as the Non Partisan Association (NPA). In power for many years, the centre-right NPA was recently all-but eliminated by a new party called Vision Vancouver, which looks like a progressive alternative to the NPA but which is in fact a greenwashed NPA clone, and equally if not more developer-funded.

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Interior design and architecture in a world gentrifying at a surreal pace

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

In case you think that what follows is an exaggeration, please take a quick look at the recent articles listed below. They are only a small selection from a rising wave of articles on gentrification and the new super-rich. It’s interesting that the New York-based City Limits piece mentions Vancouver first; we are after all a world leader in unaffordability, non-regulation, luxury towers and property speculation.

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The “boutique Iliad”, or Smash the State? Or both!

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

I had a fit of morbid laughter when I saw this redevelopment banner today. The graffiti could be its Greek chorus. Do you think the condo developer actually bothered to read The Iliad before naming a building after it? Or even bothered to Google it? But then why not style a condo as the location of ten years of vicious warfare, flaming arrows streaming past the gates, grieving women tearing their hair in anguish, the dead lying unburied, horrifying and inglorious trips to the underworld, juvenile and narcissistic gods, the death of heroes, and then ultimately the destruction and fall of Troy.

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If you have six million, you can buy this Arthur Erickson

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Erickson’s Filberg House, posted here on May 20, is actually for sale. A friend found it online by accident, while idly searching for midcentury modern houses outside Vancouver. (Above photo by MidCentArc on Flickr; below from realtor.ca.) It’s near Comox on Vancouver Island. I’m ambivalent about this era of Erickson, or maybe it’s this material; I prefer the Graham House, which has unfortunately been demolished, or one of his other cedar houses.

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