The intent of my blog was to engage and that it did, having now over 149K views! I realize along the way I’ve had my share of critics and haters while at the same time giving them a media outlet they would not have otherwise had.
To the supporters of my cartoon blog I will forever be grateful and indebted. For it was your steadfast enthusiasm and encouragement that kept me at the digital drawing board day in, day out….
But this is no longer my city, it is on a due course I as a senior artist cannot follow or bank on.
Here is my last curtain call dedicated to our infamous mayor – Density Darrell R. Mussatto… the stage is all yours one last time – Grinch.
None of life’s strings can last
So I must be on my way
And face another day. (Harrison)…
Where affordability is always at play. (Stache)
The residents of CNV have spoken… WANTING EVEN MORE EN MASSE DENSITY, TRAFFIC CONGESTION, UNAFFORDABLE HOUSING and DEVELOPER COLLUSION that will only further grease its farcical OCP… Tolling Linda Buchanan’s as its next night-mayor. Someone who as her 2014/2018 City Council record pledgedly pro ports: will CONTINUE IGNORING RESIDENT’S CONCERNS and PETITIONS and BOWING DOWN to the DEMANDS of her VULTUROUS DEVELOPERS – Congratulations! #SellOutBuchanan #cnvSOL
Wannabe night-mayor Linda Buchanan… you know the one who tried to pull the wool over everybody’s eyes by voting against her buddy developer Darwin Construction by not voting in favour in the devastation of the Harry Jerome Neighbourhood. KNOWING DAMN WELL non city resident Councillor Holly Back was in favour of the project thus enabling an uncanny swing in favour of the 800+ residential log jam increase to the community and guaranteeing a $237+ million Harry Jerome Sportsplex! #timeToChangeCourse #Vote4ChangeOct20
Our developer donor indebted mayor and “unelected” city clerk, new CEO and in-Epp OCP Planning Director have had more than enough time since July 23rd’s last meeting to over agenda-size and proceed to ramrod their hyper-density agenda through tonight’s expected (yawn) city council 4 1/2 to 5 hour meeting. And don’t expect the 3 remaining city council meetings to show any less mercy when it comes to pushing through the mayor’s Manhattan CityShaping final and Last Testament…. all aboard.
My morning CoffeeBrew crowd have ordained Councillors Back, Clark, Bell & Bookham as the “Four Horsemen of the Harry Jerome Apocalypse.” The density flood gates are forever open thanks to these four despicables. And developers will make damn sure Darwin’s “city council” approved 30 tower is the new density bar, aka height standard for all new projects north of 17th Avenue. #CollusionGluttonyHypocrisySabotage
Well at least those of us north of seventeenth like me know who not to vote for on October 20th. It is also a good reason why we should also release (if we only could) our city administrators i.e. OCP City Planners and Engineers who have embraced the new towering heights demagoguery north of 17th and every other high rise project throughout our city since 2014. Anti NIMBY’s who have made a complete mockery out of our OCP and on the record City Planning Dir. Mr. Epp repudiating Regional Growth Strategy Levels now sitting somewhere beyond 2041 population growth levels. #CityHallCorruption
And lest we forget and never ever should we let wannabe night-mayor Buchanan off the hook. EVERYWHERE you turn you are sooner than later faced with a “Buchanan” detour, a lane closure, a construction site delay or left frustrated trying to find street parking in and around every damn construction site. Especially right now on Keith Rd. east and on 3rd Street between Queensbury and St. Andrews – what a bottlenecking nightmare they are during 3 to 6 pm rush hour!
EVERYONE of these developments, including the new Hollyburn apartment project which is of course thanks to our developer compliant city hall is permitted to shut down the curb lane at the intersection of Lonsdale and 13th for the next couple of years at their leisure. You can emphatically BLAME BUCHANAN and her fellow Mussatto Team Slate that includes non city resident Holly Back. Despicables who IGNORED EVERY Hollyburn neighbourhood petition, Public Hearing and emails against this colluding project… More city resident voters you can “count on” not willing to elect any Mussatto Team Slate collusion member running in our October 20 civic election. #Enough2014CityCouncil
I have come to realize the current towering deconstruct state of our once unassuming enclave city is sadly well beyond repair. The social and economic wellness of our city has been flushed down the toilet in a whirlpool of perverse and deliberate over development.
It is impossible to expect our infrastructures to keep pace with the density explosion that has been fornicated upon our city especially over the last four years by our Manhattan loving density mayor and his lackey team councillors and in combine with our shameless horse trading councillors.
About a week & a half ago a fan of my blog sent me this link “The Death of a Great City” (NY NY) from Harper’s Magazine https://harpers.org/archive/2018/07/the-death-of-new-york-city-gentrification/
A definitive precursor in what to expect from our city’s deliberate CityShaping shortsightedness in 1/10th the time. The death of the city is ALREADY upon us. Our city “today” has become unsustainable and unaffordable for far too many low income families, millennial’s and even middle class. These are the very dependent’s vital in the continued economic and social wellness of our city whom have “had enough!” Unwilling to live in inflated priced cookie cutter condos or willing to give landlords $20K to $30K of their annual hard earned NET INCOME without any return on their rental investment. #MortgageRentalRates
I don’t enjoy insinuating gloom and doom for the city’s next decade, but it is INEVITABLE. From my POV there is really not much the next city council can do to slow down or reverse our unsustainable growth. Over the next decade there will be an acute en masse carryover of unfinished or new high rise startups ALREADY GREEN LIT by our current malignant city council & backed by our contemptible backroom inEpp city planners.
Our 2018 new city council will be hamstrung, having been deliberately paralyzed by our current city council’s “self defeating modus operandi: prophesying density demagoguery.” It is my opinion none of our existing city council despicables deserve to be re-elected!
Which brings me to an agonizing decision I and my wife made over this past weekend. This is no longer our Camelot and cannot consciously run for city council. The upcoming EIGHT YEAR+ deconstruct of the existing Harry Jerome Lands across the street from us is a bridge too far. We have just spent 18 months of the “destroy and build” new Sundance full market value apartment building while they displaced many low income renters from their family homes! Simply put enough is enough!
We will eventually be leaving the North Shore and moving to a town or less congested city centre that will indeed offer senior artist’s like myself, affordability and a sustainable future, it’s out there, it’s just not here.
For as long as we live here, I will continue being a critical watchdog of our out-of-touch city council and our low life city planners – caricaturing their eroding ineptness. Hopefully the new city council will not require as much satirical caricaturing… a new city council sinking in a leftover quagmire of MASSatto’s CityShaping fanaticism. #cnvSOL
Note: To be fair Councillor Clark has not made his mayoral candidacy official. Maybe he is waiting to see just how much feeler support there is before tossing his “horse trading stetson” into the mayoral ring. If Councillor Clark is running for mayor he and Buchanan would be running from a parallel kindred slate coveting more and more DENSITY continuing to turn their backs on NIMBY’s. #enoughDensty
Councillor Buchanan has voted in favour of EVERY new highrise except for her recent mayoral campaign’s ‘the fix is in’ new Harry Jerome Mega Sports Complex allowing Darwin’s takeover of the existing HJ Lands. And lest we forget IGNORING EVERY neighbourhood petition and helping to make a mockery out of every highrise public hearing. Forever voting against resident concerns like Hollyburn’s new apartment building, allowing them to buy at below market value our city hall’s hovering density air in order to increase the height of “her” Hollyburn donor’s 13th & Lonsdale Marlborough 3 Commercial Apartment highrise from 12 to 17 floors! #disingenuous
The same can be said about Councillor Clark who is on record for towering “community” horse trading with developers. Two key huge projects come to mind; Polygon’s new Promenade Lower Lonsdale tower featuring a horse trading swap for extra floors blocking more area condo views in order to get the North Van Museum & Archives “squeezed” into a confined main floor space! And if you want to epitomize horse trading we need to look no further than the about to be built 32 & 26 towering Darwin project in order to finance his damn $210+ million Titanic MegaDome Sporting Facility having “turned his back”, crapping on the majority of the Harry Jerome Community who are dead against both projects. #screwNIMBYS
Is either councillor the kind of mayor you want i.e. bound & determined to further entrap our city into further highrise development. Two infamous city councillors who don’t give a damn about NIMBY concerns having divorced themselves from Regional Growth Strategy Levels surpassing 2041 census. Promoting Bike to Work Black Necklace lanes used by less than 2% of city residents OVER our city’s dire, unable to keep pace infrastructures. While also deliberately limiting residential and commercial street parking at ALL “their” construction & noise polluting sites beholding to “their” heavy equipment vehicles closing off residential street parking & causing constant lane closures… No, then simply vote for change October 20th. #weCANdoBetter #noMoreDensity