Met with activist Wendy Pedersen today for another Gastown Project profile. The photo is of the view from the roof of the housing co-op she lives in. There are lovely flowers, at least one communal barbecue that I saw and, of course, an amazing view of the city and water. Wendy said the building is a pretty good example of genuine “social mix” — unlike the Woodward’s building (whose “W” is visible at the left of the photo) where owners of market price units have better amenities (such as a W-shaped hot-tub on the roof) while residents of the social housing complex have scant amenities. “This isn’t amenities based on class,” Pedersen said of her building.
Other points she made on the topic: Despite being touted as a world-class example of “social mix,” the Woodward’s building is hardly that when the “rich” and “poor” are living in separate buildings; visitors at the social housing complex have to sign in, while those at the market price units don’t.
Friend and colleague Erin Loxam and I have pledged to take and upload one photo every day for all of 2011. See how she’s doing here.