“Creme de la Creme” Reappears in Shaughnessy Property Owners Association “Slavery” Analogy

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About fifteen years  ago at a hearing regarding the future of the Arbutus rail alignment (now a greenway) a resident made this very astounding statement  to the Mayor and Council: “We are the people who live in your neighbourhood. We are dentists, doctors, lawyers, professionals, CEOs of companies. We are the crème de la crème in Vancouver. We live in a very expensive neighbourhood and we’re well educated and well informed. And that’s what we intend to be.”

Somehow that became a litmus test not so much of entitlement, but the need for a universal understanding across the City that the development of the Arbutus right-of-way was a public good for everyone, including the local residents. Jen St. Denis in Metro News reports on another unfortunate analogy which appeared in the Shaughnessy Property Owners’ Association newsletter,  suggesting that “gentle density” in laneway houses and secondary suites accessible to…

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