At a meeting of the Urban Development Institute’s Under 40’s, a panel of young developers complained that seniors with time on their hands were hijacking the city’s planning processes. Wesgroup Properties vice-president Beau Jarvis said: “While the silent majority is running around the seawall in Lululemon tights with a latte and toy poodle, we have a very social-media savvy, fundamentalist, vocal minority that is literally hijacking the cities in which we work”. He said Seniors “pack official comity plan meetings because they have time on their hands while middle-aged and younger people are busy working.”
Agreeing with Jarvis’s comments were Daniel Boffo of Boffo Properties, and Joo Tim Tiah who runs the Vancouver base of his family’s billion dollar Holborn group.
Not sure what Jarvis’s “fundamentalist” term means, but happy to be called media savvy!! These young developers are now threatening to take their family fortunes to cities which are more developer friendly (and younger?)
These comments prompted a series of responses which are quoted below:
“Look, we’re all familiar with the human life cycle. You’re born, you put on some yoga pants, buy a latte and a toy poodle, go for a walk, and then you die. What more is there?”
“I must remain the silent majority because my poodle just threw up on my Lululemon pants and my latte is getting cold in the meantime.”
“Dear Gran: Could you please use some of your overly-abundant spare time and respond in a thoroughly scathing way? I’m far too young and busy making money…”
“Good thing I own a bicycle, because I’m way too old and blind to drive!”
“I’d like to laugh at these witty comments, but I forgot where I put my reading glasses. And while I was looking for them, I forgot what I was going to read.”
“Wait a minute while I grab my pipe and slippers, and try to remember how to spell Patronizing!”
“Wait for me, I have to change my Depends, grab my walker and toddle on over to meet you for tai chi in the park before we protest at Bard on the Beach plans to gravel over Vanier Park!”
And the last word from Gran:
“My walker lost a wheel so I’m grounded till next pension payment. Nothin’ much to do ‘cept go t’meetin’s.
Listen, you young whipper-snapper. When I was your age I had respect for my elders. Damn right. Those walkers and canes are symbols of years of hard work and learning from the best teacher in the world, experience.
If the elders said that historical places are irreplacable, I’d stop and think on that. If they said cities need to be designed for everyone in them, not just the rich, I would mull that over too. If they said that money for social supports is a matter of priorities, I’d pay attention.
If they said that ‘create(d) wealth’ didn’t trickle down, I’d pause and consider. They might just know a thing or two.
Seems to me those things should be political. Seems to me you youngsters should be listening, learning, and thinking for yourselves, not sitting around whining about having your self-serving schemes shot down.”