Friday, October 19th.
Interurban Gallery (1 E. Hastings). This event was co-sponsord by Housing Justice: Public Engagement, Policy Development and Legal Rights and SFU Woodwards Cultural Unit.
Kim Villagante’s response from this evenings discourse.
I thought the answers provided regarding arguments against densification were inadequate today and so I did some quick research. Below are a couple of quotes and links that talk about the arguments against densification on the Vancouver community. Specifically the first link to the article was my favourite since I grew up in Surrey.
much love! k!m
“what I am beginning to think is that it is not the City of Vancouver that has to densify; it is the suburbs around it, and that the City of Vancouver should be doing all in its power to cause that suburban densification to happen.”
“There is nothing ecological about densification that, by cramming more people into the same space, unduly stresses and pollutes the environment, both natural and human. False promises abound in the Charter, ranging from assurances regarding restrictions on shadowing to “respect for authentic neighbourhood values, context, character, and identity.” The rows of towering two-story masses entailed in Vancouver laneway housing, hideously exemplified in the 4600 block of West 11th Avenue, spread darkness and congestion, where once there was light and space – and relative privacy. Further proliferation of such structures. throughout the city will only aggravate the problem.”
“That helps them fit in better with the neighbouring single-family homes,” Bardon said. “So the addition of density that comes with the project represents less of a visual change to the people in the neighbourhood, because they don’t have these enormous towering buildings around them.”