It was at this moment that it hit me: that this disparity between the over-housed and the homeless is out of control. The popular Beautiful Empty Homes website can't keep up with the latest high-end residential property deals and the crisis is also plaguing the Eastside. The City may be mulling a wiki-registry of empty houses and condos but this tell-on-your-neighbours scheme may just add fuel to the fire.
I don't mourn the loss of those sprawling old ranchers; they're an inefficient use of city land. I worry about losing the street art, when every last residential development has been exploited and the bland luxurious uniformity will deter diverse forms of artistic expression.
Only when the art is sanctioned do we get a glimpse of some of the particularly artistic street murals, like in this time-lapse video of Ilya Viryachev, a rising star in Vancouver's animation industry. I'm holding out hope that the hundreds of digital artists moving into the new Microsoft and Imageworks headquarters (beside the Vancouver Art Gallery) this month will share some of their talent outside their new downtown digs.