Sep 07 2008

CityView: Vote on How to Make Vancouver a Civil City

Published by at 8:13 pm under Uncategorized

Vancouver Election 2008 is right around the corner — fun times for political junkies like myself. As Raul would say, it’s time to put the public back in public policy.

Our city is in worse shape than it was before the last election. To its credit, the city is developing more social housing and devoting more resources to quelling the public disorder that shocks and awes tourists as well as longtime residents who remember happier times. But on the whole, it’s clear that a lot more work needs to be done to tackle poverty, homelessness, the drug trade, crime and related social ills to make this city livable for all citizens.

Vancouver doesn’t have the resources to take on all these problems on its own, but the city does need to provide direction. What’s the next step? You decide. Take a PollDaddy poll or comment below.

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2 Responses to “CityView: Vote on How to Make Vancouver a Civil City”

  1. raincoasteron 07 Sep 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Actually, violent and property crime are DOWN this year. What makes you think things are worse? I live two blocks from Main and Hastings and I can tell you the only thing that’s worse this year is, the heroin seems to be killing more people compared to last year.

  2. jnarveyon 08 Sep 2008 at 8:01 am

    Regarding property crime, I get the impression from my besieged neighbors that the only reason crime appears to be down is that people have stopped reporting the crimes to the police.

    Just one or two incidents of “it’s unlikely we’ll ever be able to recover your stuff or catch the guy who did it” are usually enough to get people to stop calling it in. No calls, stats go down.

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