Urbanism

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
As I post this, authorities are still determining the loss of life from the smouldering remnants of the 24-story Grenfell Tower in West London. Videos and images of the early morning towering inferno leave little doubt that the final tally of... Keep Reading
Joe Wai
Friday, January 13, 2017
Very sad news to note yesterday, the passing of Joe Wai. Many in Strathcona might only know of Joe Wai as the nickname for the ubiquitous stuccoed and bay-windowed duplexes and triplexes throughout the neighbourhood, as the 1970's BC Housing built... Keep Reading
Thursday, August 4, 2016
At long last, the City of Vancouver has hired a Chief Planner, Mr. Gil Kelley. Kelley comes with a solid background of West Coast urban planning experience: two years as head planner in San Francisco, fourteen years as director of planning for... Keep Reading
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
The litany of lost opportunities to meaningfully address the housing crisis in our city is depressingly long, and given the role that the real estate industry can play in that equation — you might be surprised to learn that the City of Vancouver... Keep Reading
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Concord Pacific has had a pretty profound impact on our city. In just thirty years, the Li-Ka Shing founded company has gone on to develop large scale master planned communities across the country, but their (ongoing)... Keep Reading
Friday, January 29, 2016
I’ve lived in Vancouver-Mount Pleasant for close to thirty years, and in Strathcona/Chinatown for most of that time. It’s my home, and an area I’m very fond of —of course, a lot of Vancouverites and visitors are fond of Chinatown, and it represents... Keep Reading
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Vancouver is a growing city with worsening congestion, affordability challenges, and a finite amount of developable land — investing in good transit now is an absolute necessity if we want to keep our local economy robust and our region livable. The... Keep Reading
Thursday, December 17, 2015
The holiday season is well upon us, and this weekend marks “Super Saturday”—the busiest shopping day of the year and the last Saturday (December 19) before Christmas. If you’re like me and leave gift shopping to the last minute, the thought of a... Keep Reading
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Today, December 3rd marks the International Day of Disabled Persons (first declared by the United Nations in 1992). On that note - it seems appropriate to talk about disabilities and accessibility in B.C. It’s impossible to talk about accessibility... Keep Reading
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
What might the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement mean here in the City of Vancouver? — with the notion of foreign investment already a hot-button issue in Vancouver real estate and unaffordability; what might the TPP and its extrajudicial... Keep Reading
Friday, November 13, 2015
Housing affordability: If it's bad for buyers, it's worse for renters. Early last week I attended the SFU Community Summit's Housing in the City: Beyond the Headlines panel discussion on issues relating to housing in B.C. and efforts to move us... Keep Reading
Friday, November 13, 2015
The provincial government recently announced $35 million in funding — for what are termed as routine capital grant upgrades: things like window and boiler upgrades, roof replacement and energy efficiencies. Vancouverites, were of course disappointed... Keep Reading
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Thursday October 27, a milestone in a several year personal and community struggle was achieved. Vancouver City Council approved an amended staff report to remove the viaducts in principal, with the inclusion of a serious commitment to immediate... Keep Reading
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Reported in Today's Sun: "89 home care workers lose their jobs in Vancouver." * Census data tells us that B.C.'s population is ageing faster than the rest of Canada — at 15.7% of the population, we are a full percentage point above the national... Keep Reading
Friday, September 18, 2015
Like many Vancouverites, I owe a sincere debt of gratitude to VCC. I wrote my first lines of HTML code in a VCC classroom, allowing me to upgrade from print-focused graphics to remain successfully self-employed and engaged in newly emerging... Keep Reading
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Vancouverites recently heard the news that some of the city’s largest underdeveloped greyfield sites — the 21-hectare Jericho Garrison site and another 8.5 hectares near Cambie and 33rd — are being reconsidered in a new partnership between First... Keep Reading
BIG Architecture / Westbank : Vancouver House rendering
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The notion that at least some of Vancouver's development is being targeted to wealthy investors and thus skewing our own housing market – making it more expensive for local residents – shouldn't come as much of a surprise to anyone who lives here... Keep Reading
Vancouver Vanishes, Vision Vacillates
Thursday, June 5, 2014
After five years of unfettered majority rule on city council, hundreds of heritage demolitions, and thousands of tonnes of landfill; Vision Vancouver today trumpeted long overdue measures to thwart the unmitigated destruction of our city's heritage... Keep Reading
Thursday, May 22, 2014
"According to the Bank of Canada, the average selling price of a home in Vancouver is now nearly 11 times the average Vancouver family’s household income" So who's buying? What drives our sky high real estate market? It's a real failure of... Keep Reading
Handout Image published in Vancouver Sun
Friday, May 16, 2014
Local media was buzzing with reports of Bob Rennie's recent keynote speech, in which he placed the blame for Vancouver's affordability crisis on single-family neighborhoods, while defending his own development interests. As reported by the Sun's... Keep Reading
photo c/o False Creek Residents Association
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Have you noticed the green lights on the towers around the northeastern end of False Creek? Have you noticed that giant fenced-in parking lot that sometimes hosts the circus - but is mostly empty? Well, both sights are related to the park that was... Keep Reading
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
While Gregor and the gang push more concrete and glass towers as the panacea for affordable housing - the data paints a different picture. Look at the numbers for average purchase price (which of course ultimately dictates rental price) of concrete... Keep Reading
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