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Westbank founder calls out Vancouver’s “high level of mediocracy”

Vancouver has attracted global wealth despite many of its buildings falling short of the wow factor according to a major developer.

Actually, Westbank Corp. founder Ian Gillespie’s words leave no doubt as to his opinion of the state of the city’s development: “Three-quarters of the buildings in this city look like a piece of s—,” he told Bloomberg.

And the says that the city has been complacent because – despite what he says is a “high level of mediocracy” – the wealth continues to flow into the city, especially from Asia.

Gillespie was speaking to Bloomberg about his forthcoming masterpiece; a 28.5 acre development that will match New York’s Hudson Yard as the largest in North America.

Oakridge, co-developed by QuadReal Property Group, will feature condo towers, a mall, a library, community centres, daycare, and a forest of newly-planted trees.

“If future generations don’t look at this and say, ‘they were thinking about what this means a hundred years from now,’ then I think we’ve been short-sighted,” Gillespie said.

It is scheduled for completion in 2027 and $1 billion of units were sold in less than a year.

Among other projects for Westbank are its first outside North America, a building in Tokyo.

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