Thursday, June 07, 2018

Discontent/Malcontent City Grows Downtown

'Campers' taking over waterfront property

Ironically, the area being trespassed upon by members of the tent city is the only part of that multi-million dollar prime waterfront that was producing revenue for the city when it was occupied by the pallet farm.

In their wisdom the city bought this piece of property (which no one else wanted) and have spent several million tax dollars developing it to fill another pipe dream concocted by city hall. Aaah, what creative ways the city brain trust can think of to burn those tax dollars of yours.

Seaspan and the rail company both have lifetime rights of way making the rest of the property basically useless for many years to come. Remember all those plans for a downtown travel hub complete with city bus terminal, downtown to downtown ferry terminal, seaplane terminal and helipad? In addition it was going to turn that eyesore property into another boon for Nanaimo's downtown.

In yet another display of incompetent bungling this Mayor and council have allowed this prime piece of real estate to quickly turn into ground zero for yet another battle of the homeless malcontents who apparently have far too much time on their hands and nothing better to do.

Question?

The battle cry from the discontent malcontents is for affordable housing. Has anyone asked any of these squatters how much they can afford to pay for housing? In other words what is their source of income and how much is their income and what percentage of that income can they 'afford' to pay for housing?

Do they really want affordable housing or are they looking for free housing? It is time someone at city hall got some spine and addressed this issue head-on. If not, we are witnessing what will soon become one of Nanaimo's biggest downtown attractions that will likely garner more national headlines.

They have already defied city hall and given the big finger to the Mayor and Council, not to mention the RCMP and they are just getting started. There are about 50 tents there now which already is going to be problematic when it comes to enforcing eviction notices. Just wait until it is 100 or more. I expect that is what this Mayor and council will do as they continue to fiddle as downtown burns.

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