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Fighting the Height

by murray bush - flux photo

Community press conference on City's condo towers plan.
Setting up for the height fight.
Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users spokesperson Lorna Bird.
Raise The Rates spokesperson Jean Swanson.
Part of the 10 sites campaign for social housing.
Raise The Rates spokesperson Jean Swanson.
Power of Women spokesperson Stella August.
VANDU spokesperson Paul Martin.
Sid Chow Tan of the Access Association of Chinese Canadians

VANCOUVER -   Downtown Eastside residents and organizations are speaking out against City plans for more condo towers in their neighbourhood.

Spearheaded by the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council (DNC), an ad hoc coalition held a press conference today to denounce the City's Hictoric Area Heights Review. The Vision dominated Council is expected to use the review as an excuse to ease height restrictions so developers can flood the area with hi-rise luxury condos.

The DNC is also campaigning for 10 sites of low-income, resident-controlled housing in the Downtown Eastside before the next civic election.

Council will be discussing the Review on Thursday, Jan. 20 at 2pm.  Speaker after speaker at the press conference vowed to take the fight for the community to City Hall.

The speakers encouraged residents, activists and concerned citizens to get involved: 

HIGHER BUILDINGS DOWNTOWN & THE HISTORIC AREA HEIGHT REVIEW

Public Information meeting
Today  Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, 7- 8:30 pm at the Empire Landmark Hotel
(1400 Robson Street) in the Crystal Ballroom, lobby level.
http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/planning/capacitystudy/

REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING, TUES, JAN 18, 2 PM

Important motion on zoning capacity
Motion B5: "Density in Vancouver" by Clr Woodsworth calls for staff to
report back within one month on the "total existing zoned capacity" in
Vancouver. We have heard of reports that Vancouver could satisfy
demand for increased accommodation for many years into the future
without the need for any rezoning. We hope Council will pass this
motion and allow our society to make decisions with the facts on the
table.
http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20110118/regu20110118ag.htm

PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE, THURS, JAN 20, 2 PM

Two important motions on height

Agenda item 4: "Historic Area Height Review: Policy Implementation."
Agenda item 5: "Implementation of “Vancouver Views” and Opportunities for
Higher Buildings in the Downtown."
http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20110120/penv20110120ag.htm
 

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Comments

great photos

great photos

Awesome Murray!!

Such an honor to share a community we can truly be proud of!

A community so unique and beautiful - we will fight to keep it!

Tami Starlight - DNC / VMC

Rocking photos as usual!

What would the VMC do without your camera, Murray?

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