Vancouver has always struggled to create sustainable cultural institutions. I speak from experience. That's why so many of my friends joined me in leaving Vancouver over the past decade or so. If you work in the arts, it's a brutal city to try and make things happen.
This was the main reason I stayed at the Waldorf hotel in the summer of 2011. The people behind the place are clearly trying hard in a city that rarely rewards this kind of effort. So I did my best to support them with my wallet. Now someone wants to turn an amazing building into little boxes.