The Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) believes that Mayor Gregor Robertson’s plan to protect the Waldorf Hotel falls short, and doesn’t address systemic problems facing the arts community and renters in the city.
“Vision Vancouver has indicated their willingness to use the City’s land-use powers to protect the Waldorf, which is good news,” former COPE Councillor Ellen Woodsworth stated. “But we see a clear contradiction in the Mayor’s approach. He is not seeking to address the underlying problems of speculation, displacement, and the ongoing loss of cultural spaces in the city, especially the impending eviction of the non-profit W2 Community Media Arts Society from the City-owned community space in the Woodward’s complex.”
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