Condo Developer Marc Williams wants to build expensive market housing at the old Pantages Site in the Downtown Eastside. Condos in the heart of the neighbourhood will cause higher property values, higher rents in single-room occupancies, displacement of current residents, increased policing, and low-income residents feeling unwelcome in their own neighbourhood. We are tired and angry that the City and real estate developers are being complicit in escalating rents and gentrification instead of building and protecting safe and affordable low-incoming housing. The corporate developers that bankroll City Council are the 1% in our city that hold disproportionate political and economic power and want to make millions of dollars in profit. Meanwhile more people are displaced from low-income housing in the Downtown Eastside and Vancouver’s has become one of the most unaffordable cities for poor, low-income, racialized, seniors, youth, single mothers, and working people in the world. On Tuesday November 29th we are calling for a mass action for people to occupy and take back pantages for the low-income community. The DTES is not for developers! Organized by Stop the Pantages Condos Coalition which includes Citywide Housing Coalition, DTES Neighbourhood Council, DTES Power of Women Group, Streams of Justice, UBC Social Justice Centre, Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users. Website: dtesnotfordevelopers.wordpress.com #occupycondos #dtesnot4developers #occupythehood
La Colonia de Santa Paula: 128 homes in the City of Santa Paula, Ventura County, California. The 21-acre site was built as a farm labor camp in the 1920′s for agricultural workers and their families. Working closely with residents, the landowner Blue Goose Growers, the City officials, the Ramos/Jensen Company built the site in 1984 using the detached cottage configuration of the two bedrooms, one bath Peacock floor plans. The project was sold out several months in advance of construction. A joint venture with David Miller of Miller’s Outpost fame, the project served to meet many needs of the community, the residents, as well as satisfying the community consciousness of the Ramos/Jensen Company and its employees. The venture was profitable, removed an eyesore from the City of Santa Paula, and the farm worker owners enjoyed substantial appreciation in the values of their homes, Colonia Del Parque – a second Santa Paula project commenced in 1986 and involved the construction and sale of 42 homes of a new design and lot configuration. This project was marketed to agricultural workers as well. The homes were pre-sold prior to starting the improvements.
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