Thank goodness the City of Vancouver is appealing the decision by a B.C. Supreme Court judge to overturn Brenhill Developments Ltd.’s rezoning application [“City manager Penny Ballem offers talking points to councillors if they’re asked about appeal of Brenhill ruling”, web-only]. The ever self-centred and elitist “activist” residents of Yaletown seem to stop at nothing in their quest to eliminate low- and moderate-income renters from the neighbourhood.
As was shown in the West End with the two controversial (with the neighbouring condominium owners who formed the core opposition) developments that contained rental housing, when these are finally built, not only do we not hear any further from the owning classes about them, area residents actually like the new buildings. In fact, both buildings could have easily been another 10 storeys high, creating more affordable units and saving all of the Maxine’s building, and almost nobody on the street would notice or care.
Of course, the Yaletown folks are more monied and can drag a deal like Brenhill, one that clearly benefits the city and thus the citizens, through the courts to a hopefully hollow victory of the selfish few. Wouldn’t it be ironic if land swaps occurred in the creation of New Yaletown, where those colonists that the Community Association of New Yaletown represents now live?
> Blair Petrie / Vancouver