I used to love the City of Vancouver.
In the early 1990s I would prowl the streets with my Lesbro Sidekick – a straight geek guy named James. We were roommates and spent our time playing Dungeons and Dragons with pals, drinking coffee at a chain restaurant called Bino’s and wandering around Vancouver at all hours.
I used to go there for events from the outlying burbs that I lived in – New Westminster, Chilliwack, Surrey, North Vancouver. I have lived in Vancouver (East Van and Dunbar).
I think what pisses me off the most about Vancouver is this attitude that Burbanites are somehow lesser and deserve to have a miserable time getting into Vancouver.
After all, it’s not fun to have a thing unless it’s somehow exclusive.
The reality is that only 7% of the traffic over the Port Mann bridge from this side of the Fraser River is going into Vancouver and that is a stat direct from a City Staffer.
Most of us are going to Coquitlam or New West.
So most of the traffic into Vancouver is from Burnaby and Coquitlam.
Stop ILLEGALLY TAXING THE PORT MANN REPLACEMENT BRIDGE – it’s part of the FEDERAL TRANS CANADA HIGHWAY and the province is ILLEGALLY collecting tolls.
West Vancouver got a free ride on the re-surface of the Lions’ Gate as did the 2 North Vancouvers (city and district) for the Second Narrow’s Iron Memorial Bridge.
Why are South of the Fraser being punished monetarily, when we already pay more to get to work in excessive and illegally compounded gas taxes from all three levels of government?
which, the companies then take advantage of by charging the same price so people don’t just gas shop out of the municipality that’s added a tax – creating more profits for gas companies.
Most of the cost of government and business is in doing work in archaic ways and creating false expenses by internally charging between business lines for services.
You know, the Pickton Event of marginalized women being murdered really showed the problem of mixing Provincial Policing by the RCMP with municipal police forces – people were murdered across jurisdictional infighting as much as the social discrimination and systemic stigmatizing of marginalized peoples.
so how can we expect a piecemeal approach to work for a regional transportation system when it’s created to serve the needs of the provincial government of the day, rather than the actual and practical way that people actually move through the region?
Vancouver is the city of no fun for a reason.
It’s miserable to get into and out of at big events because of poor crowd control planning.
Police are damned if they do take away booze and damned if they don’t.
People want everyone else to be responsible for them…