My Friendly Challenge to SFU Professors, Michael Harcourt & BCS

This week the professional staff of our City, the experts we’ve hired to advise us, produced a thorough, thought-through plan after three years of consultations and revisions under the rubric of Historic Area Height Review.

Nonetheless, some of our city’s most educated and influential citizens felt it necessary to oppose this plan for new housing in the DTES, successfully defeating any further consideration of this report’s recommendations for the DTES during the rest of this council’s term.

I strongly disagree with their position on a strict policy basis favoring something over nothing and want to know why they’ve intervened to shut down any progress in this way.

That is why I’ve publicly challenged Michael Harcourt, the SFU Professors, and the Building Communities Society to sponsor a public forum where we can debate these issues.

Mr. Harcourt, Professors of SFU, and the Building Communities Society – are you up for a fair debate? I am. Name the time and place.

3 thoughts on “My Friendly Challenge to SFU Professors, Michael Harcourt & BCS

  1. If we are to ever truly improve the hellhole that is the downtown eastside, we need to stop concentrating misery there. We need to create a more mixed neighbourhood and disperse some of the social agencies to other areas of the region. The Woodwards redevelopment was a good first step and it has definately improved that area. WE need MORE development of a similar kind. This area is currently a complete disgrace and unacceptable for a city as rich as Vancouver and in a country as rich as Canada.

  2. RE: “Mr. Harcourt, Professors of SFU, and the Building Communities Society – are you up for a fair debate? I am. Name the time and place.”

    Sean I agree with you and I also think that Mr. Harcourt is an ideal Vancouverite to lead this forum and debate, as you so fittingly suggest.

    I believe that the legacies from Mr. Harcourt’s vision for lasting infrastructure for YVR following Expo 86 were/are exemplary!

    I too urge you, Mr. Harcourt, to accept Sean Bickerton’s friendly challenge. The debate will be a lively one for sure!

    Thanks for the super post Sean!

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