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Save the Waldorf Hotel
Doctor Tiki
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Posted: 2013-01-10 12:59 pm   Permalink


Sign the petition
http://www.change.org/petitions/city-of-vancouver-save-the-waldorf-hotel-2#

Many of you may know of the extraordinary Tiki legacy of the Waldorf Hotel in Vancouver. Built in 1947, completely refurbished into a Tiki palace 1955 after the owner had a moment of enlightenment in Tahiti. As the Tiki era faded the three tiki bars in the hotel were boarded up for decades. The neighborhood became poor and unattractive for a developer to knock it down. In 2010 a group of entrepreneurs signed a lease, restored the hotel and, in fact, make it even more tiki. The hotel and tiki bars have become a Mecca of culture in Vancouver and the lease holders care for the tiki bars better than anyone could have hoped. Unfortunately they could not sustain the business and last week they ran out of time and money. The building has been sold to a condo developer and they must vacate immediately. The developer has declined any offer to even meet with the group who run the businesses in the hotel and whose creative community created the value that the developer now seeks to exploit. I don't think there is a bad guy here but the developer must not be allowed to destroy this historic place. Please sign the petition.

Here's the petition http://www.change.org/petitions/city-of-vancouver-save-the-waldorf-hotel-2#

Here's more about the Waldorf Hotel and Tiki Bar in Vancouver http://www.vancouversun.com/business/commercial-real-estate/Vancouver+Waldorf+Hotel+close+with+video/7797282/story.html



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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2013-01-10 1:09 pm   Permalink

Thanks for posting this over here on General Tiki.

I signed, so should you!


http://www.change.org/petitions/city-of-vancouver-save-the-waldorf-hotel-2#

DC


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AceExplorer
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Joined: Apr 03, 2008
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2013-01-10 1:40 pm   Permalink

I signed!

 
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Or Got Rum?
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Joined: Jul 29, 2009
Posts: 331
From: Wisconsin
Posted: 2013-01-10 1:56 pm   Permalink

Done!

 
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Brandomoai
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Joined: Mar 05, 2008
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From: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Posted: 2013-01-10 4:39 pm   Permalink

I hate to say it, but I'm skeptical this petition will make any difference. Still, I signed it and shared it on Facebook. You gotta' try something! Hopefully, they get more than enough signatures!

 
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twitch
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Joined: May 12, 2006
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From: Vacant lot where T. Vic's, Van. was
Posted: 2013-01-10 5:26 pm   Permalink

From a Facebook post:

"Just received this email re The Waldorf:

For Immediate Release
January 10, 2013

Vancouver, BC – Over the past twenty-four hours there has been a considerable amount of discussion and speculation in the media and public about the future plans for property at the 1300 and 1400 block of East Hastings, which includes the Waldorf Hotel.

Gerry Nichele, CEO of Solterra Group says, “It will be a while before we take possession of the property, and right now the Puharich family is still responsible for the ongoing operations of the hotel. We have an open mind about the future of this site and we are studying all the options. I can say that at this point we certainly have no intention of demolishing the Waldorf Hotel. We want to work with the City to explore possible ways to retain and improve the hotel.”

Solterra Group appreciates the public's interest in this site."

Believable? Knowing condo developers, some serious doubt. Still - PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION!


 
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Sweet Daddy Tiki
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Joined: Jul 20, 2003
Posts: 1067
From: Edmonton
Posted: 2013-01-12 11:23 am   Permalink

http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/gregor-robertson-deny-rezoning-of-the-waldorf-hotel-site-to-condo-development

This online petition is directed at Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson. I haven't signed it til now because I thought it would have more impact for local politicians to see support for the Waldorf coming from people who could vote for them, but as my friend Marlena pointed out to me, tourist dollars can also influence politicians. Here's what she wrote on the petition:

"My husband, friends and I have come to Vancouver several times in the last couple of years SPECIFICALLY to visit the
Waldorf Hotel and enjoy its history and cultural events. The work that the owners of the hotel put into preserving and
restoring the authenticity of the original 1950s hotel, especially the mural and artwork, is amazing. Vancouver should be
proud of its history, arts and culture, and should not make the mistake of destroying an irreplaceable part of that."

I think this is a good model to use for anyone not from Vancouver who has visited and enjoyed the Waldorf.

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Dagg
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Joined: Jun 26, 2012
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From: Van Isle BC CA
Posted: 2013-01-13 12:08 pm   Permalink

There is a rally planned for today at 2pm at the Waldorf.

http://www.waldorfhotel.com/2013/01/the-waldorf-love-in-sunday-january-12/

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Doctor Tiki
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Posted: 2013-01-13 12:32 pm   Permalink

I'll be at the rally today!

 
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Otto
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Joined: Mar 29, 2002
Posts: 852
From: NorCal
Posted: 2013-01-13 6:01 pm   Permalink

Carol Kruger tipped me to this article that shows the Mayor is already active in seeking to protect Waldorf. Everyone should still sign the petition listed above though


http://www.mayorofvancouver.ca/waldorfmotion



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twitch
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From: Vacant lot where T. Vic's, Van. was
Posted: 2013-01-14 05:21 am   Permalink

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kk/sets/72157624900387329/with/5018899826/

Photos of the 2010 restoration


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AceExplorer
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Joined: Apr 03, 2008
Posts: 942
From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2013-01-14 11:14 am   Permalink

Those reconstruction photos are very nice. Old rotary phones, I kinda miss those...

 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4248
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2013-01-14 11:34 am   Permalink

Most recent news from the Gen-Why on-line pettition:


The #SaveTheWaldorf petitions have reached 13,500 supporters! In response, Mayor Gregor Robertson put out a statement tasking city staff to meet with the giant condo developer, Solterra Group, and Waldorf Productions.

This is a big step in the right direction but the Waldorf, as we know it, is still slated to be shut down by January 20th!

Waldorf Productions must be given the opportunity to sign a long-term lease if it is to be saved.

The more people speak out now the greater our impact will be. A strong public outcry from our community and pressure from the City of Vancouver can force Solterra Group to negotiate with Waldorf Productions.

Here’s how you can help right now:

*Share the #SaveTheWaldorf petition -
http://chn.ge/VU7NOr - with anyone you know who loves art, community, music and Vancouver. The more people who join us the stronger our impact will be.

*Our goal is to reach 20,000 supporters by Monday.

Share with Facebook http://on.fb.me/Y32nnd
Share with Twitter http://bit.ly/VYHDrb
Forward this email to your friends and contacts.

*Attend the Waldorf Love-In @the Waldorf Hotel today (Sunday) 2pm-5pm. All are welcome.

Help us spread the word. More actions to come.

Thanks for being a part of this.

- Tara, Nicole, Steve & Glyn for the #SaveTheWaldorf Community & Gen Why Media


DC


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Hale Tiki
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Joined: Oct 19, 2004
Posts: 1798
From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2013-01-15 1:52 pm   Permalink

Signed. I'm supposed to head out to Washington to meet some soon to be family this summer. If it's still open, maybe we'll make the 5 hour drive!

 
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Dagg
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Joined: Jun 26, 2012
Posts: 313
From: Van Isle BC CA
Posted: 2013-01-17 09:41 am   Permalink

Facebook page

http://www.facebook.com/SaveTheWaldorf


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