An anonymous person posted this tongue-in-cheek-but-partly-serious “For Sale” on Craiglist on June 8, 2015. It is still there as of today. Disclaimer: CityHallWatch does not necessarily endorse all the statements made, though the listing does touch upon several contemporary issues of public concern.
Vancouver City Hall for sale (Oakridge)
BC Gov Inc. is now expanding its bordello-like business model to further maximize return on investment for our global clientele. That’s right, we have just listed Vancouver’s nominal seat of power–City Hall!
Vancouver City Hall, located at 453 West 12th Avenue, would make an excellent addition to any investment portfolio. For maximum convenience, may we suggest leaving it empty while it appreciates in value?
If you are an anonymous international investor with boatloads of cash and no intention of living in or contributing to Vancouver in the long-term, you are just who we are looking for! As the new owner of City Hall, you will be responsible for standing by silently while the local populace is cowed into submission through perpetuation of the following absurdities:
(1) Although the Canadian citizens who currently call Greater Vancouver home are a remarkably diverse group–largely of European, East Asian and South Asian heritage–any policy that prioritizes these citizens over international investors is paradoxically Racist, with a capital R.
(2) Although many nations and cities around the world have enacted common-sense laws to protect residents from international real estate speculation, in Vancouver, we are uniquely and inexplicably unable to do any such thing.
The following “undesirables” need not respond to this offer:
(1) Citizens of modest income who seek to live in, work in, and generally contribute to the city.
(2) The younger generation of Vancouverites, who should stop whining and accept that their living standards will be lower than their parents, because, well. . . Please leave now.
Above all, you must never allow citizens of Greater Vancouver to realize the following:
It is possible to be pro-immigration, pro-multiculturalism, and pro-Canadian citizen, all at the same time; the housing needs of people who wish to live in and contribute to the city’s economy and community should be prioritized over the investment needs of the global elite; Vancouverites are the collective owners of this city, and should not be indirectly forced to leave because someone, somewhere, somehow, has a bunch of money; and most importantly, you must never let it be known that British Columbians–as the people ultimately responsible for BC law–can stand up and say “NO.”