Thursday, September 28, 2017

History of: Newspapers, Vancouver Heritage, and Trade Wars

It's a morally fraught business, reading a newspaper these days. Get one delivered to your door and you feel not only a hopeless dinosaur but also responsible for all those dead trees. And in any case more and more of the content is bland syndicated material from someplace in middle America.

So you go to an online source like The Guardian, and you can't read a single article without getting a little lecture about how The Guardian loses money and you need send them a cheque stat.

Anyway, qualms aside, yesterday The Guardian had a thoughtful piece by Tyler Stiem about how Vancouver is simultaneously one of the most liveable cities in the world and one of the least affordable, and how one consequence of that is the wholesale demolition and replacement of a whole category of the city's architectural heritage, the late 20th century modernist work that is too new to survive as heritage and too old to please the global developers.  It's not journalism you would be likely to read in any Canadian newspaper; it's supported by foundations like the Rockefeller Foundation,

The same issue has a piece on the 219% tariff the United States, at the behest of (militarily-subsidized) Boeing, has just imposed on Bombardier aircraft sold in the United States. Since Bombardier does a lot of construction in the United Kingdom, it is a loser along with Canada. The lesson the Guardian draws is mostly about Brexit, As part of Europe, Britain could play hardball with American in trade wars. Alone it is too small, and stands to get royally screwed. The way Canada is, it is too polite to say, but that's the Canadian reading that we don't get from our Canadian business press.

Image: Andy Clark/Reuters from The Guardian

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