SUBCULTURE – MAY 2014

SBC_SUBCULTURE_MAY.001Man, this great city just sucks sometimes … Every time I hear about a D.I.Y. attempt to contribute something edgy and different, like clockwork, they get bombarded with the dog and pony show of red tape … It makes me shake my head … Having waded through the double whammy of also having the same slumlords on top of it, I can relate …

This sounds suspiciously like the soundproofing farce of five years ago, that seemed mandatory for only certain parties … How are the existing businesses in the D.T.E.S. able to be operating without mandated upgrades from grid electrical wiring … Does BC Hydro expect that the building will still be standing after the bigwig real estate roulette table is spun 10 stories high on that block … This seems to be a feeble attempt to thwart the potential of anything positive happening at that address when they’d actually prefer making the building slowly rot into another convenient plot of community gardens that stretch to the next shuttered property … There must be a need to keep up with the condo Joneses that are lurking across the street …

You’d think that the city would be happy to have improvements made on these derelict D.T.E.S. spaces … Instead, while holding their business license in pending suspended animation, unnecessary super-phase power expectations of full-on skyscraper standards are the cash grab of the day … Expecting a couple of hardworking ‘every last penny’ guys to come up with 30K is absurd … Expecting the Slumhotas to upgrade anything is absurd … To match, dollar for dollar, with some inflated corporate estimate of what is demanded is also absurd … That five-cent screw is magically worth a quarter …

If the Feds can fuck the environment by declaring humpback whales safe with the oil tankers, don’t think for a second that the BC Hydro executives aren’t rubbing cocks with developers on their ‘vision’ for the 100 Block East Hastings … I’m sure your voices on the new fangled Local Area Plan are a distant echo for saving or reviving any sort of different cultural space … The only heritage survivors will be those that directly benefit from the new mega-conglomerate of poverty pimping … It’s big money and phantom embellished funding that will prevail …

Here’s a sample of the poverty pimp gravy train … If the self sufficient Welfare disability rate comes in minimally at just under a thousand a month, how is it that if you live in poverty pimp housing, they ding the government at about 2.3K a month per person? … Is that reality? … BIG MONEY!

Time and again, there have been exposes on the outrageous dollar figures perpetrated by governments and corporations … I offered a D.I.Y. solution to deal with my soundproofing situation and was promptly evicted …

So our community will come together to help out the boys at SBC Restaurant make ends meet, while the powers that be piss and moan in circles … A Pivot lawyer has stepped up to the plate for Malcolm and Andrew thankfully … We have put together a fundraiser … Saturday May 3rd at Funky Winkerbeans … four bands … A raffle for killer prizes donated by other small businesses and bands … And of course a minimum donation of 10 bucks going to the cause … So online, search up SBC Restaurant and sign their petition, Like their Facebook page and show up at the benefit to support these guys while they fight the fight to keep this indoor skate ramp / art / all ages venue / grub making space open in rain city …

By wendythirteen

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