Happy New Year 2019!
With the new mayor and Vancouver City Council settling in for the remainder of the four-year civic election cycle to October 2022, there is a new game in town after ten years of Vision Vancouver.
Our city has entered a new phase, but many of the threads and power connections that drove Vision Vancouver’s agenda are still deeply entrenched among influential City staff, and extend to the development industry, local institutions and the provincial government. Some of those influences may be good. Some not so much.
Public involvement will be important, especially as the City enters a city wide planning process in 2019. This is momentous, and comes with opportunities and risks to our city and neighbourhoods.
CityHallWatch will continue to support and cooperate with observant citizens and groups to keep a watchful eye on Vancouver City Hall, seeking to serve as a mirror, a magnifier, and a microphone.
We are already in our tenth year and will pass the ten-year anniversary in October 2019. Media coverage and public debate about civic affairs have changed a lot since we first started. Reporters in mainstream media have come and gone since CityHallWatch first began. More of the mainstream outlets have assigned reporters to civic affairs in the past couple years. Plus there has been a significant increase in bloggers, podcasters, and social media commenters. But we know there is still an important role for CityHallWatch in that deluge of words and images. We have posted 2,756 posts since October 2010, serving as a useful archive for everyone. And in 2019 we expect to pass the 400,000 visitor mark, and the milestone of one million views.
We welcome tips, story ideas, suggestions, article submissions, and input on how we can better serve the community’s needs. We would also be grateful to receive nice photos that portray the various dimensions of Vancouver to spruce up our posts.
Vancouver is a microcosm of the world and is also deeply integrated with the rest of the world in so many ways. We are both affected by the world and we affect it too. Let’s make it good.