‘Vesta’ and ‘jesse’ treated us to a fine exchange yesterday (and in the early hours of today, Wedn 14 Sep 2011) regarding possible actions that could be taken by citizens concerned about Vancouver’s housing predicament. Take a look at the posts starting here. Other posters chimed in, including yours-truly. The exchange has some posters calling for various actions, including the lobbying of policy makers. Vesta and jesse treated us to lists of possible actions, jesse adding to some he had previously mentioned.
When one calls for action, it is wise to have a fairly good idea of the likely outcome. After all, as your Mom always said “Be careful of what you wish for”.
So, before attempting to ask for specific changes, let’s first clarify which changes we think may be useful (and why).
We may attempt to collate them (along with prior suggestions).
Here are two thought experiments, to this end:
1. Broad Thought Experiment:
You are the ‘Vancouver Czar of Housing and the Economy Pertaining to Housing’.
What changes would you implement immediately, and what consequences do you anticipate?
2. Specific Thought Experiment:
Imagine that the City completely and immediately discards all laws preventing densification. Multiple units can be built anywhere in the greater metro area.
What are the consequences?