Self-interested developers of the day conspired with the then Reeve (old word for Mayor) of North Vancouver to draw a line around the land they controlled and create a ‘City' that would be dedicated to getting their lots for sale instead of 'wasting' money building a larger community.
Every once in a while, common sense and the pressing needs of the community pushes through the increasingly institutionalized limited vision and self interest. In one of those rare moments the North Vancouver Recreation Commission was created and what is now the Harry Jerome Complex was built.
But as local governments get bigger and more complicated, their organizational self interest and the interests that fund campaigns for Council will be much more difficult to overcome.
The only way that it is going to get done is by consolidating the two local governments called “North Vancouver” - one at Mahon and 29th and the other at 14th and Lonsdale - into the lovely and capacious new City Hall at 14th and Lonsdale. The savings from doing so would more than pay for a new Harry Jerome Centre to serve everyone in North Vancouver. And at no cost to the taxpayers of North Vancouver.
Then North Vancouver would be a real City. One that could do an authentic Official Community Plan. A plan that truly aligned with the rest of what means community to the rest of us and not the stunted, small one that is trying to ’shape’ the community to match its own limited vision.
We should be talking about things like this during the election. We don’t get another chance to talk about it, and have it matter, for four years.