Friday, July 27, 2018
Vancouver political watchers were on the edge of their seats as the first of three towers proposed to slice into the Vancouver skyline’s long-protected view of the mountains met with a council decision Tuesday July 22. As expected by some, the... Keep Reading
Monday, July 23, 2018
With the first of three mountain-view-penetrating proposed towers heading to Council for vote tomorrow, there's a lot of talk both for and against the context and importance of Vancouver's view cones. #SaveOurSkylineYVR It's easy (cynical) to paint... Keep Reading
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Integrity of office and public trust. Yesterday morning I tweeted news that the City's top properties guy: Bill Aujla, manager of Real Estate and Facilities had tendered his resignation to go and work for the Aquilini Group as VP of Real Estate. The... Keep Reading
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Fallout over the BOFFO-Kettle deal that would have seen a new drop-in and supportive housing along with close to 200 market condos built atop an assembled parcel of private and public owned land and Commercial and Venables. As I commented to the Sun... Keep Reading
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Some years ago I met w/ Daniel Boffo, over n'hood resistance to height/density and perception that inclusion of city land in project called to question net public benefits, notwithstanding Kettle contributions. I suggested that the best solution... Keep Reading
Sunday, May 27, 2018
A recent tweet from the mayor's office caught my eye .@Cityofvancouver data shows 95% of EHT declarations were made from Canada, 2% from US, 3% from other countries (reflects where the property owner was located at the time they made their... Keep Reading
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Vancouver City Council proposes province tax property flippers... But NPA voted against. ICYMI, as the BC Budget was being delivered, the rest of Vancouver City Council passed Adriane Carr's "Call for Bold Provincial Actions to Tackle Housing... Keep Reading
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Want to avoid Vancouver’s Empty Home Tax? Find the right strata. The extended empty home reporting deadline is approaching. There's been plenty of advertising. But did you know EHT specifically exempts condos where strata rules restrict rentals?... Keep Reading
Friday, February 2, 2018
Union of BC Municipalities have released a Housing Strategy for BC that consolidates some excellent recommendations - more rental housing - demand management - comprehensive homeless strategy - all government collaboration - manage prices through... Keep Reading
Monday, December 18, 2017
Two stories, one address - but a common malaise and a failure of city government to address real issues affecting regular Vancouverites. Published last week - one story (in the swan song edition of the venerable WestEnder) "Taxed to death: How... Keep Reading
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Know your rights. Under the City's Tenant Relocation and Protection Policy, formally evicting long term tenants for "minor repairs" necessitates at a minimum 4months free rent and moving expenses (in the case of a 10year tenant). It seems in the... Keep Reading
Friday, October 20, 2017
During this recent by-election, I really focused on what the city can actually do — within their mandated and legal role. Zoning and land-use decisions are the big tools at the city's disposal. The outrageous land valuation increase detailed in this... Keep Reading
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
I recently visited the old Cardero Grocery for the first time in many years, it was nice to see it hadn't changed much, the classic "Chinese Corner Store" once so familiar to Vancouver neighbourhoods. A friendly local mom and pop grocery for... Keep Reading
Sunday, October 8, 2017
I’m running to be your city councillor, because when I talk to Vancouverites, they tell me they are frustrated - they feel like the city is failing them. Failing them on housing. Failing them on homelessness. People feel that there’s special... Keep Reading
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
I released a new video today, describing our Green Party goal for a new deal on housing, and announcing five bold quick start actions the City could immediately pursue to ease Vancouver’s housing crisis.   We need to shift development in... Keep Reading
Amazon HQ in Seattle (Elaine Thompson AP)
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Let this sink in. While so many of Vancouver’s bricks-and-mortar small businesses are struggling to stay afloat, our mayor is trying to woo a multinational corporation whose business model is based on replacing local bricks-and-mortar shops.  ... Keep Reading
Friday, August 25, 2017
A massive development rezoning, estimated worth over a billion dollars in market value. The luxury tower project being proposed by a well-connected and influential developer will reportedly deliver close to $90 million in public benefits spread out... Keep Reading
Friday, August 25, 2017
A Chinese language only ride hailing company called has been operating in our city for over a year. They claim to serve an average of 10,000 trips a month. All while governments have been hand-wringing and talking about talking about ride... Keep Reading
Thursday, August 24, 2017
To be clear, these annual rent increases are a direct result of over a decade of inept housing policy by the former BC Liberal government. The failure to reign in a housing market increasingly disconnected from local incomes is 100% on the Clark... Keep Reading
Pete Fry Vancouver
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Thanks everyone. Even though I’m being acclaimed tonight, I don’t take this nomination for granted. Thank you for your faith and confidence in me, and in the Green Party of Vancouver. I’m proud to stand alongside our Green city councillor Adriane... Keep Reading
Monday, August 7, 2017
Ever wonder why so much of our city's (dwindling) affordable rental stock are of a 50's-60's-early 70s vintage? The City tries to incentivize rentals with density bonuses, the Province tries to support rentals with subsidies — what's been missing is... Keep Reading
Friday, August 4, 2017
Concord Pacific nets some positive press over a handful of affordable art studios, but the “inclusionary zoning” sleight-of-hand is mostly about clever marketing and is deserving of some deeper analysis beyond the clickbait. The story about the... Keep Reading
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Summer 2017, and the mayor is only now hearing concerns about overseas pre-sales & insider trading of #VanRE condos? We (Vancouver Greens) called out this issue in 2014, the BC Greens called for taxing pre-sales in the BC Election earlier this... Keep Reading
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
A massive development rezoning, estimated worth over a billion dollars in market value. The luxury tower project being proposed by a well-connected and influential developer will reportedly deliver close to $90 million in public benefits spread out... Keep Reading
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Thoughts on new micro-suite development on 100 block West Pender by Vancouver's Affordable Housing Agency. The conditions of this rezoning are consistent with how Vision Vancouver redefined "social housing" in their 2014 DTES Plan. For this... Keep Reading
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
Friday, June 2, 2017
As news broke Monday of the historic NDP-Green deal to form a progressive government for our province, I was waiting at City Hall, one of hundreds of speakers over four days testifying before city council in defense of Chinatown. I had managed to... Keep Reading
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Tomorrow, Friday March 31st is the public’s last opportunity to provide feedback on the City of Vancouver’s disastrous new planning policy for Chinatown before the proposal goes to City Council. The Chinatown Economic Revitalization Update and... Keep Reading
Vancouver's meh new logo
Thursday, February 23, 2017
The City's new logo is not a lot of things. It's not inspiring, it's not reflective, it's not exciting, it's not very good — but at $8,000, it's not a rip off. I'm not at all suggesting this was money well spent — it's not. Of course the actual cost... 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
Friday, January 6, 2017
With the naming of the new elementary school in North East False Creek, it seems the debate is still raging and petitions are being circulated after the interim appointed Vancouver School Board decided to go with Crosstown rather than honouring... Keep Reading
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Hey Strathcona, notice an increase in train whistles this morning? CN just informed that as of yesterday, they've increased traffic on the (Raymur) Burred Inlet Line from zero to six scheduled trains a day. This means: - Disruption of the at grade... Keep Reading
Saturday, December 31, 2016
2016, what a stinker of a year —right? Trump, Brexit, Aleppo, record-breaking climate change and biodiversity depletion, geopolitical uncertainty and upheaval, bigotry and intolerance, fake news, an unstable and untenable local housing situation,... Keep Reading
Friday, December 23, 2016
I don't want to knock the City of Vancouver's recent work to build modular mobile housing for people at risk of homelessness — but this article illustrates how we might have missed the mark with that particular project. Vancouver's units —proper... Keep Reading
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
As expected, the City of Vancouver’s 1.8 billion dollar capital and operating budget for 2017 passed yesterday. Also, as (cynically) expected, the people of Vancouver were distracted by a last-minute emergency property tax increase of 0.5% to deal... Keep Reading
Friday, December 9, 2016
Has Vancouver lost its way? Certainly, life isn't necessarily getting better for many of us here: more homelssness, less affordability, more stress — if anything, the race toward "world class city" and other superlatives often feels like a race to... Keep Reading
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
The buck stops with Trudeau. Shipping 900,000 barrels a day of tar thinned with solvent through the Salish Sea is NOT the kind of #RealChange Canadians voted for. I'm appalled that our government would backstop the laziest, cheapest and... Keep Reading
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Yesterday I spoke to CBC On the Coast about the recent op-ed from the local BIA about lack of consultation with regard to two new supervised injection sites proposed in the Strathcona area. To be clear: I voiced support for these (and more)... Keep Reading
Friday, October 28, 2016
When people ask what went wrong, and how did Vancouver get to this crisis point of inequality and unaffordability — I've often pointed to the Richard Florida mantra of the creative class / creative cities: a school of urbanism that has dominated our... 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
As Greens, how we treat our planet and its inhabitants reflect our fundamental values.  As a Green MLA, I will fight to push those values into provincial decisions and lend my voice to those who have none. An Endangered Species Act for B.... 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
Thursday, January 28, 2016
On Tuesday (February 2), voters in Vancouver-Mount Pleasant will head to the polls and mandate a big change for our riding. The big change coming to Vancouver-Mount Pleasant isn’t just the replacing of Jenny Kwan’s 20-year career as MLA since she... 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, January 7, 2016
Vancouver, B.C.– Pete Fry, B.C. Green Party Candidate For Vancouver–Mount Pleasant, announced today that a B.C. Green Party government will eliminate the regressive monthly MSP premiums. Currently, MSP premiums are charged to anyone who lives... 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
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
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
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
Monday, September 21, 2015
Peter Ladner's  Sept 14 opinion piece raises an interesting quandary about Vancouver housing prices, the dearth of detached homes, and the notion that taxpayers are subsidizing seniors to take up unused space. The idea of an octogenarian... 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, July 15, 2015
This morning, as predicted, the Bank of Canada cut our interest rate by .05 per cent. Ostensibly, the move is to head off a recession — spurred mostly by slumping oil markets that have dampened Alberta's economic outlook — lower interest rates mean... Keep Reading
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Thoughts on transit referendum:  Firstly, it never should have happened — an absolute abdication of leadership—doomed to failure from the start. We elect leaders to make the tough decisions, not pass the buck; and that is precisely what Christy... Keep Reading
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
My name’s Pete Fry, and I’m the BC Green Party candidate in the provincial riding of Vancouver-Mount Pleasant—where we’ll be holding a special by-election to replace Jenny Kwan now that she is running in the federal election. Last year, I ran for... Keep Reading
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
I was cautiously optimistic to hear the premier's May 30 announcement that the B.C. Liberal government has begun researching the options for taking action on the issue of unaffordable housing prices. Housing affordabilty in Vancouver isn't... Keep Reading
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The affordability crisis in Vancouver certainly isn't news—it was a central theme of our most recent civic election, and the two preceding it—but in recent weeks, calls for senior government intervention have landed on the premier's desk in the form... Keep Reading
Monday, April 27, 2015
VICTORIA B.C. – Pete Fry was confirmed as the B.C. Green Party candidate for an anticipated Vancouver-Mount Pleasant by-election at a nomination meeting held on Saturday April 25, 2015. Fry was a candidate for Vancouver City Council with the Green... Keep Reading
Map of the Vancouver-Mt Pleasant riding
Thursday, April 9, 2015
It seems like only yesterday I was out trying to hustle votes in the municpal election—but recent changes in East Van politics will see a by-election and no incumbent here in the East End... So I've decided to take the plunge, but I need your help!... Keep Reading
With former Portland mayor Bud Clark
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
MY NAME’S PETE Fry. I’m a creative professional, entrepreneur and community activist, and I’m running for city council with the Green Party of Vancouver. I’ve been self-employed most of my adult life with clients ranging from the DIY indie music and... 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
Image © DonkeyHotey, see postcript
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Given the abysmally low voter turnout of past civic elections (just under 35 percent of eligible voters in 2011), Vancouver chief election officer Janice MacKenzie’s announcement on June 25 to expand opportunities and places to vote with at-large... 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
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
On Sunday May 4th while the Vancouver Greens were endorsing their candidates (myself included) to run for City Council on November 15 of this year, ruling party Vision Vancouver were holding their AGM. As the Vancouver Courier's Mike Howell Keep Reading
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
“Pipeline spills can have both positive and negative effects on local and regional economies, both in the short and long term. Spill response and clean-up creates business and employment opportunities for affected communities, regions, and clean-up... Keep Reading
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
It's Tuesday, and as has become a semi-regular habit while I work, I have the live stream of City Council going in the background. I'm listening for the decision on the DTES Local Area Plan, when General Manager of Parks and Recreation, Malcolm... Keep Reading
Saturday, April 5, 2014
One of the ideas I brought forward to the ill fated Dog Strategy Task Force was that at a minimum, all parks (of a prescribed size or larger) - regardless of leash or off-leash status should provide a “dog patch”.  An area specifically set... Keep Reading
Friday, April 4, 2014
Recently, a friend invited me to a group that was exploring getting an off-leash park in Mount Pleasant. As mentioned elsewhere, I had spent the better part of a year and a half working on the Vancouver Park Board's Dog Strategy Task Force from 2006... Keep Reading
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Today, at City Hall they're reviewing the Mayor's Engaged City Task Force Report, which is expected to be approved by the Vision-dominated council. Ostensibly, the report is about enhancing citizen engagement, but it includes some troubling... Keep Reading
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The following was the presentation I made to City Council on March 12, 2014, regarding the DTES LAP and originally published on the Strathcona Residents Association website.   Re: Draft DTES Local Area Plan and Report The Strathcona... 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
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Wow.. this was the scene at 440 West Pender back in 1932, "The Paris Cafe".. subsequent substantial renovations have removed the big display bay windows and added an access door to the basement. Locals may remember this building across from the... Keep Reading
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Back from City Council, who just unanimously approved a report to work with affected communities and plan Viaducts removal and an Eastern Core Strategy. BIG thanks to councilor Adriane Carr who went to bat for Strathcona and had Prior Street... Keep Reading
Sunday, December 30, 2012
A sign from above and blessings for a new year. I experienced the most profound and prophetic moment yesterday, at the #IdleNoMore demonstration in front of the Vancouver CBC Plaza. Spoke with a Squamish matriarch about the past, the present and... Keep Reading
Monday, September 3, 2012
Like Many Vancouverites, when the City announced it's new $3million dollar website last month - I was curious to check it out. Sure, it carried a hefty price tag, but then again a content management system of that scale is a lot of work. As I... Keep Reading
Thursday, June 14, 2012
So what does the City's viaduct removal plan say about traffic calming on Prior Street? Unfortunately for Strathcona - not a lot. In fact, the map illustration shows a new six-lane Prior Street extension that connects to Main Street, Quebec Street... Keep Reading
Friday, March 4, 2011
In September, 2006, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation announced the formation of an all-volunteer task force, made up of citizens with proven expertise in specific areas of stakeholder interest and concern. Members were charged with the... Keep Reading
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