In Vancouver and around the world, middle-class citizens rage against planning that favours profit over people.
From The Tyee speaking of Vancouver, but applicable to the City of North Vancouver – where there has been NO open discussion about land use and planning:
Quoting in part:
Area stakeholders who had participated in good faith, who were assured again and again that in Vancouver planning was collaborative and democratic; were surprised, then ashamed of their gullibility, then outraged at the betrayal.
One expects this turn of events to have long lasting significance, and the signs are not good.
Already voices are raised, including the mayor’s, equating resistance to the plan with resistance to affordable housing and sustainable transport. Opponents are thus tarred with the NIMBY brush, even though these same citizens had previously agreed to substantial increases in the population of their neighbourhood.
The rage generated by this feeling of impotence can sometimes seem incoherent, leaderless, unfocused — but the rage is real and it’s powerful enough to threaten established governments.
This rage seems particularly acute when democratic practices have been subverted — when leaders present a face of community connection and a commitment to consultation on the one hand, but are driven by external motivations which have only a limited connection to immediate local needs and current democratic processes.