WaldorfThe Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) is alarmed by the most recent loss to Vancouver’s arts and cultural community – the Waldorf Hotel.

COPE is calling on the City to engage with the new owner to prevent the loss of the East Vancouver arts and culture hub and to stop its prioritizing of high-end condominium developments.

Former COPE Councillor Ellen Woodsworth stated, “Unfortunately, this is part of a systemic problem of unrestricted speculation and displacement. In the past year we’ve lost the Hollywood Theatre, the Red Gate, the W2 Media Arts Centre, and many others. The Waldorf is another casualty of this process.”

COPE is committed to a Vancouver for everyone, including first nations, women, seniors, families, students, immigrants, and artists, who would like to live, work, and build a socially inclusive and dynamic city. We have always called for the preservation and expansion of cultural space.

Former COPE Councillor Tim Louis added, “COPE is deeply concerned that Vision Vancouver’s financial support from the development industry is affecting the rate of rezonings and loss of affordable spaces. Recent rezonings along the Hastings Corridor, including that at 955 East Hastings, have led to greater speculation and have put the city’s limited industrial land base at greater risk. We need to apply progressive land-use policies to support local cultural spaces and small-businesses.”

For information contact:

Ellen Woodsworth

Tim Louis

COPE calls on Vision Vancouver to address systemic arts space loss