There has been a lot of hollow talk about housing affordability during
the campaign leading up to today’s civic election, but very little
discussion about specific initiatives that will help spur the
construction of new market rental housing — a key to providing more
affordable housing in the region. Continue reading “Op-Ed: Incentives needed to spark rental growth”
The citizen-led Vancouver City Planning Commission argues for immediate City Council response to our evaporating rental housing supply.
According to recent Census figures, more than half of all Vancouverites rent their homes. Fifty two percent of our city is an extraordinary number – over a quarter million of us. Projections for population growth within city boundaries range from 15-30% within a generation. Today, however, there is no purpose-built rental accommodation being built in Vancouver.
Why? Continue reading “A Made-in-Vancouver Solution for Our Rental Housing Crisis”
Parks, recreation centres, childcare facilities, libraries and transit are what planners and most Vancouverites typically consider community amenities. But two local planning groups want to hear what else we treasure about our neighbourhoods. Continue reading “NEWS: Mapping Neighbourhood Needs and Assets “
Vancouver Courier , September 17, 2008
Vancouver was a sleepy city 50 years ago,with streetcars rolling along major streets,industry belching smoke along False Creek and no SkyTrains shuttling commuters. Granville Island didn’t exist,and the city’s inhabitants were predominantly of Western European descent. Most women worked only inside the home, and a mill worker could afford to buy a single-family starter home of about 8OO square feet. Continue reading “NEWS: City Mulls Public Spaces”
City hall panel asking Vancouver residents to consider what sort of buildings are needed to meet anticipated needs
By Bob Ransford , Vancouver Sun,
Saturday, September, 06, 2008
Continue reading “NEWS: Keeping a bit of the past for the future”