Lots has gone wrong with these condominiums. There’s just too many of them. I guess it’s just a matter of people pulling the levers. The condominium structure is never going to be all that inspiring. The best of them are done with touches that are out of the ordinary. And I haven’t found any evidence of that. I found that they are standard-issue stuff. And I think it is ruining the city. I think as an outsider it is clearly, clearly wrong. It’s a real pity.
His approach will certainly get his book more column inches, but he comes off as an elitist London fop. While I agree that the condo is never going to be the Bilbao Guggenheim, I don’t understand how we’d achieve a dense downtown core (one of Vancouver’s best qualities, if you ask me) without them.
In the comments, the decidedly left-wing Tyee audience weighs in, mostly with approving remarks and a heartfelt anti-development message. Over the last 15 years, the city of Vancouver has added 100,000 people. If not for condos, where would those people have gone?