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By demanding they replace the suite theyve destroyed, were only keeping them from taking our community apart. Were ensuring our vibrant neighbourhoods stay that way and were forestalling what many would say is the inevitable ghettoization of our workforce. If they dont want to do that, if they dont want to buy into the vision, if they dont want to be part of keeping us successful, screw em. Let em invest their money somewhere else or wait for the stock markets to come back.
This goal can be reached through zoning. No new sexy financial "tools" are needed. Whats needed is vision and backbone. Weve got smart enough boys and girls at the muni to work out the details. What we need is smarter elected boys and girls with the political will to fight the good fight.
What we dont need, at least not right away, is the Callaghan as a safety valve, as an outpost where we can mask this problem through growth, where we can create affordable neighbourhoods for employees and abandon our existing neighbourhoods to the investors. We need the Callaghan, but we need to protect our old neighbourhoods too.
Personally, I dont think this goes far enough. I believe every house built or rebuilt in this valley ought to have a suite. But I dont think thats doable. I think protecting the ones we have is. We wouldnt be putting a gun to anyones head and making them build something they didnt want, wed be keeping them from destroying something important to us.
I think most of you agree with me. I think you need to let everyone whos running for council or mayor know it. I think you ought to demand it.
Its not the only thing we should do to start dealing with affordability instead of just talking about it, but its my litmus test. Is it yours?