It describes Vancouver as a "breathtakingly gorgeous" city with a sizzling economy.The sizzling economy bit has me a bit puzzled. Vancouver has a sizzling real estate market and hence a HUGE construction boom going on. I have little evidence of anything else.
"But there is trouble in paradise. And nowhere is it more evident than in the Downtown Eastside-a two-kilometre-square stretch of decaying rooming houses, seedy strip bars and shady pawnshops," states the UN agency.
"Worst of all, it is home to a Hepatitis C (HCV) rate of just below 70 per cent and an HIV prevalence rate of an estimated 30 per cent-the same as Botswana's."
Vancouver is a tourist city...and not the good kind. It attracts lots of overseas business and wealth. They buy up the pretty glass towers that we can't afford.
They drive the 'densification' and 'ecodensity' ideas that we are constantly hammered with.
Vancouver is the home of illegal goods. Goods coming in and out of the city. Knock-off's of Channel and so on are available everywhere. Everyone has a fake YSL bag. Well, a certain demographic of our population anyway.
Vancouver is the home of fake lottery scams that target little old ladies in the US. Vancouver is the city that couldn't keep a stock exchange due to the volume of shady activity taking place on it.
Money here is not usually made in purely legitimate ways.
There are no big industries here. Not many head offices left.
So what is generating all the income?
Who is paying for this image of paradise?
I love living here for the scenery and climate. However, the cost of living rises more every single day.
Our city and provincial governments have nothing but dollar signs in their eyes and only working towards one goal....selling the city to the world for the 2010 Olympics.
There is no concern for the regular citizens that make up this fair city.
Health care is a problem.
Housing is a problem
Business are falling apart ....the death toll on the Cambie Line increases every month. So much for small business
It has finally come out that all the promises for housing made by VANOC are highly unlikely and in my opinion was always just words on paper.
For the rest of the world Vancouver is a nice place to play. Lax laws and a laid back style help off shore investors make some easy cash....at the expense of the rest of us.
There is nothing viable in the economy of this city...nothing sustaining. Nothing long lasting.
We are being told to get out of our traditional homes. We are told that family life doesn't fit in here. WE are told that condos are the way to go.
According to Patrick Condon in the Vancouver Sun, June 26, 85% of new housing needs will be for non family housing.
I disagree with this. I say this statistic is being forced upon us by inflated real estate prices and marketers pushing their condos.
Families are being driven to the suburbs whether they want to go or not. Guilted out for a dream of a home with a yard and so forth.
I am very sad at how Vancouver has fallen. I hope to be proven wrong.
But I doubt it.