The City talks with Vision Vancouver Councillor Andrea Reimer as we mark one year since 2011 municipal election.
Andrea Reimer was first elected in 2002 as a School Board member with the Green Party, she joined Vision Vancouver and was elected to City Council in 2008. Councillor Reimer was appointed in 2008 as the Chair of the City’s Planning and Environment Committee and Council lead on the Greenest City Action Plan, overseeing Vancouver’s efforts to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. Along with six other Vision councillors and Mayor Gregor Robertson, Andrea Reimer was elected in the 2011 election to council. She is currently Chair of the Standing Committee on Planning, Transportation, and Environment and council liaison for the Greenest City Action Team. She is also a director at Metro Vancouver, and is appointed to the city’s Family Court / Youth Justice Committee, Urban Aboriginal Peoples Advisory Committee, and Women’s Advisory Committee.
The City’s Andy Longhurst sat down with Councillor Reimer in July 2012 to talk at length about a number of issues, including neighbourhood engagement, which has come under fire in recent weeks. We also discuss the controversial Rize condo tower in Mount Pleasant, rental housing, affordability, and questions of how the city should continue to develop.
WEB-ONLY CONTENT | Hear more from Councillor Reimer (from the July 2012 interview) on whether green initiatives sideline social justice issues, and whether the City should be doing more to protect the many older single-family homes which are often demolished in Vancouver’s pricey real estate market.
On green initiatives vs. social justice concerns and the viaducts:
On renovictions, the loss of affordable rental stock, and the demolition of single-family homes:
On the May 15th podcast, I talk at length with UBC Geography’s Noah Quastel about his current and past research on the intersections of ‘sustainability’, political ecology, urban development, and class conflict, within the context of Vancouver.
In 2009, Noah authored an article published in the journal Urban Geography titled “Political Ecologies of Gentrification.” The article “explores the possibilities for a political ecology of gentrification. Gentrification research, while firmly rooted in materialist social science, has not yet broadened its interests to consider ecological aspects of, or the role in gentrification of, discourses, social movements, and state policies of the environment. Understanding the political ecologies of gentrification involves recognizing the ways in which material relations and uneven resource consumption, concepts of nature, and the politics of urban environmental management affect gentrification processes. New developments in Vancouver increasingly contribute to gentrification using languages of sustainability and green consumption in a process of ecological gentrification.”
The April 17th podcast is available here. The City talks with Sandeep Johal of RAMP about City Council’s approval of the Rize rezoning for a 241-unit market condo tower in Mount Pleasant, UBC geographer Craig Jones about how the CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) zoning district is being used significantly differently under Vision Vancouver (outside of downtown) and how Rize is consistent with this pattern, and more UBC geographers on Vancouver’s soundscapes of gender and power.
- Sandeep Johal, Residents Association of Mount Pleasant (RAMP)
- UBC Geography: Craig Jones, Max Ritts, Erika Schmidt, Alex Warren, Andrew Tesarowski, and Jeremy Elder
My name is Andy Longhurst and I am very pleased to launch The City, a new weekly show on CiTR Radio 101.9 FM on Tuesdays from 5-6pm. The first show is 5pm on Tuesday, February 21. On the show, you’ll find critical discussions on a variety of urban issues — from housing to food security to city politics. You’ll also find music from a variety of genres and artists on the show. The show will primarily focus on issues in Vancouver, but inherently these are issues that are relevant in cities around the world. You can read more about the show here. Be sure to check out all the ways you can listen here as well. My aim is to cover issues that matter to you — the listener. If there is an issue or story you would like covered on the show, please let me know. Please send me your comments as well. You can tweet the show at @TheCityonCiTR.
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On the first show
The first half of the show will include highlights from Professor Bill Rees‘ keynote address at the 2012 UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) Symposium. Bill Rees, along with Mathis Wackernagel, developed the ecological footprint analysis. Prof. Rees has been a leading voice calling for a steady state economy to address socio-economic and environmental crises of climate change, income inequality, and diminishing natural resources, namely petroleum.
On the second half of the show, I will be speaking with Stephen Bohus and Sandeep Johal of the Residents Association of Mount Pleasant (RAMP) and Sean Antrim of The Mainlander. We will be discussing the proposed rezoning of E Broadway and Kingsway for a 19-storey multi-use development, including 241 residential market condos and a two-storey commercial podium. More information on the rezoning application is available on the City of Vancouver’s website. We will be discussing how rezoning works in Vancouver, the details of this proposal by the developers, Rize Alliance, and the implications of this rezoning and proposed development. We will be taking your calls live starting at 5:40pm. You can call the studio line at 604-822-CITR.
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I’m looking forward to the first show!