The Charter Towns Charrette

A coordinated approach for bringing housing prices back on par with household incomes; ending atmospheric pollution; and revitalizing our industry and economy.

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One TramLine

Half-Price Offer: Connect North Vancouver, Burrard Street, Arbutus ROW, Westminster Hwy, Surrey, Cloverdale, the Langleys, Abbotsford, Sumas and places in between at 40% savings over Skytrain.

Vancouver and Surrey Mayors—just elected—propose to spend $8.7 Billion to run 30 km of Skytrain to UBC and Langley. That’s the old way of doing business. TramLine offers to deliver 110 km of service for $5.4 Billion. The TramLine links North Vancouver with Abbotsford, and places in-between. It connects to the Canada, Millennium and Expo Lines. And builds a corridor to house a quarter-million people in ‘cheap’-affordable houses priced between $200,000 and $350,000—20% downpayment, with delivery 18 months later.

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Lewis Mumford’s review of Jane Jacobs ‘The Death and Life of the Great American Cities’

Just in time for Christmas 1962 the New Yorker magazine published a review of Jane Jacobs epoch making book by the the renown humanist and planner Lewis Mumford.

Do towers make or break neighbourhoods? Must we chose between either building ‘hyper’ density, or making ‘good’ places? Can only ‘big’ cities be ‘great’ cities? Will Capitalism trump the issue of human scale, or do we possess the strength to resist the its siren call? On 1 December 1962 these issues played across the cover and pages of the Christmas edition of the hip, the savvy, the culturally inured New Yorker magazine. Famed New Yorker columnist and liberal arts critic Lewis Mumford took up his pen to review—and criticize—the epoch making little yellow book by architecture journalist and Greenwich Village activist Jane Jacobs: The Death and Life of the Great American Cities. How was Jacobs’s manifesto, bound in a small yellow jacket, received by the establishment media and the establishment planning profession? Fifty-six years later we take another look.

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Skytrain ‘bad’ Urbanism

The real problem with the skytrain-and-towers urbanism building in Metro Vancouver for over 40 years is that it is ‘bad’ urbanism.

PICTURED ABOVE IS NEITHER A PRISON, NOR A CONCENTRATION CAMP FENCED OFF WITH BARBED-WIRE AND CHAIN-LINK FENCE. WHEN SKYTRAIN RIDES ON THE GROUND IT HAS TO BE ‘FENCED OFF’ BECAUSE COMING INTO CONTACT WITH ITS RAILS WILL KILL YOU, OR SO WE ARE TOLD. WHATEVER THE REASON FENCING OFF TRANSIT IS THE DIAMETRIC OPPOSITE OF MAKING GOOD PUBLIC PLACES DESIGNED TO SUPPORT HIGH LEVELS OF SOCIAL FUNCTIONING. SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE.

There are two problems with the Skytrain that we shall address here: one is technical, the other is urban.

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The Revitalization of the Land Commission and Reform of our Fourth Level of Government

Three years after the Land Commission Act was passed the provincial government changed. The new administration removed critical elements in the visionary land policy. It’s time we put them back.

Premiers of British Columbia: Dave Barrett (1973 – 1975); Bill Bennett (1976-1986); William Bennett (1952 – 1972)

The Laws of Economics know no censure. When House Prices in the GVRD—the corporate name for ‘Metro Vancouver’ per letters patent (12 June 1974)—rose by 12-times over 30 years the Laws of Economics admit but a single primary cause: In the GVRD the supply of land has been overly restricted.

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Metro Vancouver Mayors: What Went Wrong

80% of the Metro Mayors were either fired at the last elections or simply chose not to show up for work. What happened?

PICTURED ABOVE: FORTY-FIVE YEARS LATER THE ALR (THE AGRICULTURAL LAND RESERVE) REMAINS A SOURCE OF CONTENTION.

It was all supposed to be strategic.’ We would build towers-and-skytrain and stop climate change. We got the towers and we built the skytrain. Yet, it will be the Teslas that set us on the path to end pollution and put solar panels on every rooftop. The towers-and-skytrain, what did that get us? Housing prices 12-times over median household incomes. People at the polls on 20 October this year had two questions in mind: What went wrong? How can we fix it?

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The Commodification of the Modern Corporate Woman in the Vancovuerism

The image of Isis has always functioned in Western Culture as the vehicle for laying our collective and subliminal undercurrents bare for all to see.

Rumoured Apple Corporation’s new headquarters in Vancouver BC have come complete with the image of the work space reproduced above and analyzed below.

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