Latest Classifieds in FAMA Era

Letter to City of Vancouver Planning Department from Carnegie Community Action Project

Carnegie Community Centre

“It is the responsibility of the Development Permit Board to ensure that in their effort to ‘revitalise’ the Downtown Eastside that it is not at the sacrifice of displacing the existing low-income community.”

Woodwards Belongs To Us… Not to Kassem Aghtai (handbill)

Woodward's

This handbill, printed in English and Chinese characters, is a call to action to “reclaim” Woodward’s from Kassem Aghtai of Fama Holdings.

Letter to Board of Variance from Nicholas K Blomley, Associate Professor of Geography at Simon Fraser University, December 6, 1997

Vancouver City Hall

Many of Blomley’s speculations about gentrification and increased marginalization came true when the Woodward’s site was finally redeveloped by Westbank Corporation years later.

Woodward’s Committee Planning Principles for the Woodwards Building

Woodward's

This is a preliminary draft of a document that outlines a plan for the Woodward’s redevelopment, created by the Woodward’s Committee.

“Woodward’s Co-op pitched as Gastown bright light” by Ian Mulgrew, Vancouver Sun, August 24, 1999

Woodward's

This article, written in the late ‘90s, has a strong grasp of the history of the site. It is based around quotes from Jim Green, who is introduced as “chief troubleshooter in the Downtown Eastside.”

“Mayor offers help to Woodwood’s [sic] project” Vancouver Sun, April 9, 1997

Woodward's

Vancouver Mayor Philip Owen is quoted offering his support for a redevelopment plan of Woodward’s that includes social housing, and committing City staff to repairing the relationship between Fama Holdings and the provincial government.

“Premier urges housing mix as priority at Woodward’s,” Vancouver Sun, November 28, 1995 / “Condos and co-ops,” Vancouver Sun, November 30, 1995

Woodward's

Jim Green, who is arguably the person now most credited with orchestrating the City/Province/Developer collaboration at Woodward’s, is photographed with his thumbs up in front of a sign that says, “Affordable Housing Here! No Condos.”

Director’s Report, February 2, 1995

Vancouver City Hall

The author remarks that while some City of Vancouver staff “pressed the issue of social housing,” it didn’t seem like a priority

Minutes from the Development Permit Board Meeting No. 442, October 20, 1997 (8 pages)

Woodward's

The Staff Committee recommends that the Board approve this application,…

Notes On Van Housing

Carnegie Community Centre

This research summarizes the fight for social housing in the 1990s, the promises that were made and broken, and the overall tension between the Downtown Eastside and low-income residents, Gastown residents, developers and the City.

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