March 6th, 2018 — There are a lot of dark and therefore probably empty apartments 8:30 on a Tuesday night in the three buildings making up the Harbour Green condominium complex on Cordova Street west of Burrard. In a Vancouver Sun story March 7th, 8,431 homes in Vancouver were declared vacant by the city. Of those, 2132 have not given a reason to justify an exemption from the empty home tax. The city said that not all of the other 6,349 will have reasons that under examination exempt them from the tax.
January 17th, 2018 — This condo at 2088 Barclay has 28 suites most of them with the lights out at 8pm on a Wednesday which means they probably have no one living in them. Meanwhile, below, a little farther away from the shores of Lost Lagoon on Glen Drive by Terminal Avenue there are the working poor living in campers parked on the street.
July 24th, 1974 — At the end of the 1974 spring term the above photograph of UBC students camping on Wreck Beach for lack of housing on campus ran in the Vancouver Province newspaper. UBC promised they would do something but when I went back in September I found John Villeneuvei (bottom picture) living in a tent on Wreck Beach with his wife and dog and it was for the same reason, no affordable housing for students on campus or in the city. In the early 70’s basement suites in west side houses were illegal and cheap Kitsilano apartments were being turned into condos. Kind of like today except for the basement suites which is why the federal government has just announced a program to subsidize low income renters. We’ll see what happens.
September 12th, 1974 — UBC student John Villeneuvei
December 28th, 2015 — Camp for homeless person on Alexander Street at Columbia.
October 1st, 2016 — Temporarily a home for someone on Columbia Street at 7th Avenue.
June 1st, 2017 — Homeless person camped on Burrard Street at Robson.
June 1st, 2017 — Camp for homeless person set up with pillows, duvet, mattress, and box spring on Pacific Blvd right under the Granville Street Bridge.
November 30th, 2016 — This car with trailer was parked for days at a time at various locations along 16th Avenue near UBC last winter. It was home for someone.
May 3rd, 2017 — Another camp for a homeless person this time under the Granville Street Bridge at Beach Avenue.
April 29th, 2017 — Camp for homeless person on Beach Avenue under the Granville Street Bridge.