In the news — Sinkholes, housing affordability, remove trees and add condos

In the news — Sinkholes, housing affordability, remove trees and add condos

2015-06-07-4th sinkholeFourth sinkhole opens up during Evergreen Line construction in Port Moody
By TIFFANY CRAWFORD, VANCOUVER SUN June 7, 2015
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A major road in Port Moody was reopened to traffic Sunday afternoon after a weekend of being shut down due to another sinkhole on the Evergreen Line, the fourth in less than a year.

Traffic resumed on Clarke Road at Seaview Drive after 3 pm on Sunday afternoon, with one lane traffic in each direction.

Evergreen Line officials say the three-metre wide and four-metre deep hole, which first appeared around 7 p.m. Friday, has now been filled.

It’s the fourth sinkhole to open up on the line since last October, and in each case officials have blamed problems with the tunnel-boring machine.

According to a bulletin on the Evergreen Line website, Friday’s sinkhole happened while completing maintenance under Clarke Road at Seaview Drive. It said additional ground material entered the machine’s chamber and an air pocket developed.

“The air pocket resulted in a hole in the asphalt on Clarke Road,” the bulletin said.

Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay is questioning the safety of the project and whether the soil is stable long term. He told CKNW on Saturday that there have been too many occurrences for comfort, and he doesn’t understand why the company hasn’t solved this problem.

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Vancouver housing: remove developers from affordability debate says expert
McGill architecture professor says people who grew up in a city should be able to buy a home in their city
By The Early Edition, CBC News Posted: Jun 02, 2015

In a city where the average home price is well north of $1 million, there’s no shortage of big ideas on fixing Vancouver’s housing affordability crisis. But according to Montreal architect and McGill professor Avi Friedman — who has won international awards for his work on innovative housing — developers should not be relied upon to provide a fix for sky-rocketing prices.

“Builders will not initiate innovative ideas because they are profit motivators, so the city needs to act as a catalyst,” he told CBC Radio One’s Rick Cluff on The Early Edition.

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As its designers watch, Marine Gardens gently fades away 
KERRY GOLD
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, May 22, 2015

Excerpt:
One of the world’s most important landscape architects, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, stands inside the empty courtyard of one of her earliest works.

If you were driving by Marine Gardens, you would be forgiven for not giving it a second glance.
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One by one, tenants of the 70 units are vacating, and the townhouse complex – including the forest of trees and shrubs that Ms. Oberlander planted – are coming down to make way for more condo towers. The area is at the heart of a plan for increased density by way of towers, creating a transit-oriented hub with the adjacent Marine Drive Canada Line station. Marine Gardens is slated for a two-tower development.

“I am passionate about this place, and my heart hurts,” says Ms. Oberlander, who, at 94, has no plans to retire. “Just imagine, those pine trees are going to be knocked down,” she says, pointing to two huge trees. “They make the space. What do trees do? They give you shade, they give you belonging to nature and the feeling that everything is alive. Otherwise, it’s sterile. To not be with nature makes people very sick.

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