Sadly, The Vancouver Housing Market Discussion Has Been Hijacked
Sadly, The Vancouver Housing Market Discussion Has Been Hijacked

To no one’s surprise, the discussions about the Vancouver Housing market are getting increasingly polarized and increasingly political.  NEITHER of which lead us to real solutions.  There are people out there who have hidden agendas who will use this situation to look like heroes/leaders when in fact they are just manipulating the discourse to their advantage. When you start to hear words of ‘crisis’, ‘anger’ and ‘blame’ you know you are being played.  (check out the audio links later in this post).

Right now it feels like there is a constant hunt for blame. “Let’s blame foreign investors,” “Let’s blame vacant mansions,” “Let’s blame shadow flipping,” and now the latest ridiculous headline “Let’s blame the politicians from 1986!”

Blame is ALWAYS the easy route – once you BLAME someone you are, in essence, relieving yourself of any responsibility or duty to come up with realistic solutions.  You can sit back, smugly say “It was them, not me” and move forward with the complaining and victim-hood that ALWAYS follow blame.

In fact, the discussion got a LOT more rhetorical and blame based with the recent UBC study that come out and blamed this whole issue on political decisions made in 1980’s. It may have been a great ‘academic exercise’ but how is that even remotely helpful to finding solutions?  All it does is fan the flames.  The facts may be true, the analysis may have been an enjoyable academic exercise however lets start today by looking for non-political, non-partisan, long-term…

Solutions not Rhetoric or Posturing

Real life solutions are not easy, real life solutions take nuanced discussion, real life solutions focus on ALL of the fundamentals that are in play in the market and looking at a holistic (rather than symptomatic) response. Solutions come from putting aside our respective ‘posturing’ and looking at the nuances that make up the reality of the current market conditions.

Sadly, it doesn’t seem that the majority are at that point yet. Seems like protest and anger (two VERY easy approaches) have taken over.  But we can change that. While you are reading this, I encourage you to look at all sides of the current affordability situation.  Geographic, demographic, economic, infrastructure et al.  There is no ONE issue – it is all interconnected.

This is NOT just an election issue (although many will try to turn it the main theme through creating anger and distraction from the real issues).

As a case in point, and to show what unrealistic expectations we will be battling against, I heard this argument today: “We want more affordable housing in #Vancouver but we hate densification, it kills neighbourhoods!” In other words logic has left the discussion at many levels.

Real Life Solutions Come From A Seed of Truth

Here are two recent discussions (audio) that I hope will begin for all of us in the Lower Mainland to come together – not just look at the government as the solution. Sure they can be catalysts, but they can’t fix the other 7 fundamentals at play. They can only address the symptoms.

Please take a listen. Then take some time to think about how we can begin a holistic discussion towards solutions. Then post comments below:

Detailed discussion about bringing reality into Vancouver Market
http://cirh.streamon.fm/listenlater-pl-1994
CBC Discussion about “Shadow Flipping” in Vancouver market:
http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2685678112

Peter Kinch discusses the ridiculousness of blaming rather than solving. CTV segment

http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?binId=1.1184756

The current situation in the Vancouver housing market is too important of a subject to let be hijack by those who have hidden agendas (political or not).  Please start pushing back and asking non-emotional questions, not accepting platitudes or anger as a response.

Vancouver, you are too good to stoop to that level of discourse… and you are worth the extra effort it takes to come together to create long-term solutions!

Sadly, The Vancouver Housing Market Discussion Has Been Hijacked was last modified: March 29th, 2016 by Don R. Campbell
 

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