To be honest, you wouldn’t be happy about it either.
If a transformative development were coming your way, promising to disrupt neighborhoods that have been largely unchanged for decades, you probably wouldn’t be happy about it.
But as the city of Vancouver moves toward a vast development of the Heights District and as neighbors express their displeasure, there is a bottom line to all this: The job of Vancouver’s council is to make the best possible city for its 180,000 residents.
Sometimes that involves conflicting desires, like between those of people who want economic growth and more housing and new development, and those who believe that cities should never change. And sometimes elected officials have to make decisions that don’t please everybody.
You see, Vancouver is growing, and it will continue to grow. And the question is whether it will have hubs that encourage the kind of density that makes for a vibrant, economically viable city or whether it will be stagnant.
And so, as you drive or walk or bike through the Heights area in question, along Mill Plain Boulevard and Andresen Road and MacArthur Boulevard in central Vancouver, you are intrigued by the signs. Dozens of them along the sidewalks and medians, orange and diamond shaped and reading, “YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD IS NEXT!” while directing you to a Facebook page: “Save the Couve.”