January 2018

A weekly roundup of news stories and articles that may be of interest to the Vancouver city planning community. This list is updated every Thursday afternoon.


January 18, 2018

Vancouver’s small businesses struggle amid tax, property crunch
John Kurucz, Vancouver Courier, January 18, 2018

Why the ‘Housing Crisis’ Is Really About Globalization
William E. Rees, The Tyee | January 18, 2018

Vancouver didn’t make the shortlist for Amazon’s second headquarters—but one Canadian city did
Craig Takeuchi, The Georgia Straight | January 18, 2018

Council moves toward making Vancouver a ‘fair, safe and inclusive city’ for women
Vancouver Courier | January 17, 2018

Cambie Bridge bike lane approved by Vancouver city council
Aaron Schulze Global News/CKNW | January 17, 2018

Ride-hailing and Autonomous Vehicles: Considerations for Vancouver
Karen Quinn Fung, Vancouver Public Space Network | January 17, 2018

Disaster Resilience Saves Six Times as Much as It Costs
Benjamin Schneider, CityLab | January 17, 2018

It’s ‘really problematic’ to blame foreigners for housing crisis, says UBC sociologist
Clare Hennig,  CBC News | January 16, 2018

Mobility pricing commission shortlists two schemes
Nelson Bennett, Business in Vancouver | January 16, 2018
RELATED: Phase 1 Project Update and Report, Mobility Pricing Independent Commission (pdf)

Robson Square not yet the celebrated heart of Vancouver it’s designed to be
Tina Lovgreen, CBC News | January 16, 2018

Opinion: Can more housing supply resolve the affordability crisis in Vancouver?
Thomas Davidoff, Joshua Gottlieb and Tsure Somerville, The Globe and Mail | January 14, 2018

Opinion: B.C.’s home owners grant serves no public policy purpose
Martin Shaffer, Vancouver Sun | January 14, 2018

Opinion: Improve planning, build more to resolve affordability issue
Anne McMullin, Vancouver Sun | January 12, 2018

Building the Compassionate City
Jenny Donovan, The Urbanist | January 12, 2018


January 11, 2018

If foreign home ownership is a $45-billion ‘tip of the iceberg,’ Vancouver expert hopes ‘we’re not on the Titanic
Dan Fumano, Vancouver Sun | January 10, 2018

Gregor Robertson Not Seeking Re-election for Vancouver Mayor
Katie Hyslop, The Tyee | January 10, 2018

Ride-hailing services need to play by same rules, says taxi firm
Alan Campbell, BIV/Richmond News | January 10, 2018

The high price of Vancouver’s working class romanticism
Christopher Cheung, Vancouver Courier | January 10, 2018

TransLink CEO expects ride hailing services will ‘enhance’ commuter options
Marchella Bernado amd Monika Gul, News1130 | January 10, 2018

City of Vancouver in middle of the pack when it comes to density
CBC News | January 9 2018

‘I’ve seen this fear before’: Chinatown activist says stigma of homelessness needs to be remedied
CBC News | January 9, 2018

Smart City Expert Says “Sustainable” Shouldn’t Be the Goal
Tom Dallessio, Next City | January 9, 2018

To build an inclusive smart city, look through an age-friendly lens
Katie Pyzyk, SmartCityDrive | January 9, 2018

Which are the best cities for children?
Simon Kuper, Financial Times | January 9, 2018

Opposition to social housing in B.C. reveals discrimination, say lawyers
Jen St. Denis, Vancouver Metro | January 7, 2018

Kids commuting to school: what’s driving the conversation?
Justin McElroy, CBC News | January 7, 2018

Vancouver sees increase in farms despite downturn in region
Jennifer Saltman, Vancouver Sun | January 7, 2018

A blueprint for change? The promises inside the new city, provincial and federal housing plans
Lori Culbert, Vancouver Sun | January 6, 2018

Vancouver group urges women to speak out at city council in January
Megan Devlin, CTV Vancouver | January 6, 2018

Lower Mainland public transit’s moment to shine clouded by parochial interests
Adrienne Taylor, The Globe and Mail | January 5, 2018

Time to Scrap the Home Owner Grant?
Andrew McLeod, The Tyee | January 5, 2018

Small businesses struggle to stay afloat in Vancouver amid rising rents
Clare Hennig, CBC News | January 5, 2018

What Canada’s entry at the next Venice Biennale really means
Alex Bozikovic, The Globe and Mail | January 5, 2018

How Cities Can Embrace Innovation Without Sacrificing Public Health and Safety
Jennifer Bradley, Next City | January 5, 2018


January 4, 2018

The Gordie Award 2017 For Work with the Biggest Planning Impact
Sandy James, Price Tags | January 4, 2018

‘A stupid waste of money’: B.C. homeowner grant under fire as government increases threshold
Wanyee Li. Vancouver Metro | January 3, 2018

How ‘Not in My Backyard’ Became ‘Not in My Neighborhood’
Emily Badger, The New York Times | January 3, 2018

Vancouver Real Estate: Planning, building affordable housing in 2018
Joanne Lee-Young, Vancouver Sun | January 2, 2018