I’m totally hooked on this song by 16 year old Lourde from New Zealand.
I think there should be a version of this song for Vancouver.
Our city was recently ranked the third most liveable city in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit. For years we held the top spot, overtaken by Melbourne in 2011.
Regardless of how “liveable” Vancouver is, I sometimes I feel like ours is the city version of the nouveau riche, a French term used to describe people who have recently become wealthy and spend their money in flashy, conspicuous way. New York (old money) would look at Vancouver like a hillbilly cousin who just won the lottery.
For many people, living here is a financial struggle. The gap between high and low income is becoming increasingly distinct. Homeownership has become a fantasy for many (…not a goal…a fantasy). Families are moving away from the city, which means school enrolments are down; the upswing in housing costs and real estate development may be good for city hall’s bottom line, but it’s not great for communities.
Young families are struggling to make ends meet here and the future does not look promising for the next generation.
Unless something changes, most of our children will not be homeowners in this city…many of them will decide not to live here because of expense and lack of job opportunities. Nevertheless, many believe the sacrifices are worth it to live here. Swim in the morning, ski in the afternoon…right? I guess liveability is subjective.
What do you think??by