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AHA MEDIA attends Little Mountain Art-In, 2nd Edition

January 12, 2009 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA attended the Little Mountain Outdoor Art Gallery to help support their strong statement for affordable housing.

The following statements are excerpts…

” Artists and community members who want to stop the demolition of the 224 homes at Little Mountain and have them re-opened for families in need of affordable housing”

Total demolition of Little Mountain Housing announced
Tenants and CALM say “STOP WORK NOW”

At a meeting of Little Mountain housing tenants on November 7, BC Housing announced that the demolition of the 230 units that have been their home has begun. Earlier in the week a contractor began boarding up windows as a prelude to full demolition “early next year.”s request that elderly people, families with children at the local elementary school and other tenants who want to stay be housed on site while construction proceeds in stages.

BC Housing Regional Director Dale McMann said that it has no control over when new housing will be built by the private developer who is buying the property. Like the Expo lands, the site could sit empty for years, perhaps even a decade, a desolate 15-acre moonscape in the heart of the city at the eastern foot of Queen Elizabeth Park. A faltering economy and housing market could cause major delays. This at a time when Vancouver needs urgently to gain affordable housing rather than lose it.

Fewer than 20 families have resisted pressure and financial incentives to move. At the meeting they heard no response to CALM

Although the global economic crisis may lead to a worsening of the already severe housing crisis in B.C., the provincial government is selling off this land to a private developer, promising only to replace the existing social housing units. All of the Little Mountain site should be redeveloped as affordable housing, as part of a provincial plan to provide homes for the homeless and to improve the situations of people living in substandard, unhealthy housing. Even better, in these uncertain times there should be no sales of public land, only redevelopment to increase affordable housing.



News media flock to Little Mountain Art-In
and its controversial aftermath

On December 7th fifty artists, residents and former residents painted pictures in support of CALM’s call to reopen and re-tenant the 200 vacant homes at the Little Mountain Housing complex to help ease Vancouver’s housing emergency. CALM proposes that the homes be occupied until construction is ready to start. Without that agreement, it could take 3 – 10 years before the site provides new housing.

The artists created a wide variety of pieces—children’s and child-like art, realistic family portraits, political cartoons and slogans, and surrealistic depictions of homelessness, poverty and eviction. Five Vancouver newspapers covered the event.

On December 11th a work crew posted the art from the Art-In.

On December 12th BC Housing sent the company Goodbye Graffiti to paint out art that it deemed offensive.

* AHA MEDIA would like to acknowledge the following people that made our visit great to the Little Mountain Art-In today!  Jenny Kwan and daughter Cici, Ryder Cooey, Tiko Kerr, Lauren Gill, Debbie Lawrence, Kia from Zeist, Netherlands *





Jenny Kwan with daughter CiCi, Lauren Gill



















AHA MEDIA’s Painting Contribution














Top 12 Most Objectionable Statements about Affordable Housing
According to BC Housing

12. “Don’t destroy our house”

11. “Poor people need homes too”

10. “Embrace community diversity. Against marginalization”

9. “Shame on our city. Developers cause homelessness”

8. “Would you want to be kicked out of your HOME?”

7. “Society will change the day our politicians are homeless”

6. “House our brothers and sisters”

5. “Put people first, people before profit”

4. “Affordable housing now!”

3. “Can i have my home back now?”

2. “Home is where the heart is, don’t break my heart”

And the number one most objectionable statement about affordable housing, according to BC Housing:

1. “Love still lives here”

(Actually, BC Housing was least fond of a piece that used the imagery of the children’s game “Hangman” and the slogan “The Death of Social Housing.” Indeed, the death of social housing is highly objectionable.)

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