At the Oakridge Open House I was intrigued to hear opposing views of the development proposal. One resident of the neighbourhood said it’s about time; another expressed deep concerns over the fit of this project to this neighbourhood.
Even with the updated boards of the proposal the skeptics remain suspicious. The abundance of ground level illustrations in the room was impressive. Still, until a project is actually built, its success or failure is a matter of speculation.
Participation of residents in the shaping of their city’s neighbourhoods is a challenging task. This relates to the discussion with Robert Reich where the evidence and extent of inequality in our society are creeping upward. The city’s need to remain economically viable is a business opportunity to some and an affordability threat to most. How sensitive and successful Vancouver’s handling of this challenge is, remains to be seen.