News Clippings

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.


September 20, 2018

Is Missing Middle Really Missing?

Pedestrian Observations | Alon Levy | 2018-09-10 | Tagged: urban design, density, housing

3 Ways to Create More Resilient Communities

Scientific American Blog Network | Sandro Galea, Joan Saba | 2018-09-10 | Tagged: resilience, sustainability, public health, architecture

All housing is political: Author makes the case for democratizing where we live

The Globe and Mail | Kerry Gold | 2018-09-12 | Tagged: housing, A City for All

For “hip-hop architect” Michael Ford, rap holds the key to a just society

Georgia Straight | Lucy Lau | 2018-09-15 | Tagged: architecture, A City for All, Engagement for Real, housing

Prof provides ‘cheat sheet’ to help communities learn Indigenous greetings

www.cbc.ca | Anna Dimoff | 2018-09-15 | Tagged: A City for All, Indigenous culture

Lost Japanese neighbourhood rediscovered in Vancouver heritage home designation

Georgia Straight | Carlito Pablo | 2018-09-17 | Tagged: heritage, A City for All, neighbourhoods

World Heritage status would make Vancouver’s Chinatown permanent symbol of resilience, B.C. says

www.cbc.ca | @cbc | 2018-09-17 | Tagged: Chinatown, heritage, resilience

Public packs city hall for divided debate on allowing duplexes across Vancouver

www.cbc.ca | Michelle Ghoussoub | 2018-09-19 | Tagged: housing, City of Vancouver, politics

Vancouver City Council approves $2 billion housing mandate

www.voiceonline.com | Rattan Mall | 2018-09-19 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, housing

The rebirth of X̱wáy̓x̱way, X̱epx̱páy̓em and Iy̓ál̓mexw as Vancouver place names

Vancouver Sun | John Mackie | 2018-09-19 | Tagged: Vancouver, history, Indigenous culture

99 per cent of Vancouver single-family neighbourhoods now zoned for duplexes

Global News | Simon Little | 2018-09-20 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, housing, politics, neighbourhoods


September 13, 2018

B.C. renters set to face biggest rent increase since 2004

www.cbc.ca | @cbc | 2018-09-07 | Tagged: housing, BC Gov’t

Politicians set sights on housing speculation, not supply, at UBCM summit

thestar.com | Jen St. Denis | 2018-09-10 | Tagged: housing, politics, UBCM

How BC’s Soaring Real Estate Prices Made the Rich Richer

The Tyee | @thetyee | 2018-09-11 | Tagged: housing, inequality, A City for All

Climate Action That Overlooks Equity Issues Is a Missed Opportunity for Cities

CityLab | @CityLab | 2018-09-12 | Tagged: resilience, inequality, A City for All, climate change

Plans for new St. Paul’s Hospital in False Creek Flats revealed • urbanYVR

urbanYVR | @urbanyvr | 2018-09-13 | Tagged: urban planning, urban design, False Creek Flats, development

Cities grapple with ‘Airbnb effect’ on rentals, but so far the data is limited

Financial Post | @financialpost | 2018-09-13 | Tagged: housing, real estate, AirBnB


September 6, 2018

UBCM | Progress on Housing

www.ubcm.ca | @ubcm | 2018-09-05 | Tagged: UBCM, housing, BC Gov’t

Canada’s most livable city is not Vancouver…it’s Calgary

The Conversation | Meg Holden | 2018-09-05 | Tagged: livability, A City for All, housing, neighbourhoods

Even if You Build It, They Might Not Come: Animating City Spaces

CityLab | @CityLab | 2018-09-05 | Tagged: public space, urban design

Development ‘moratorium’ on Broadway corridor ‘doesn’t make sense,’ developers association says | The Star

thestar.com | Melanie Green | 2018-09-06 | Tagged: Broadway Corridor, housing, real estate, urban planning, zoning, Communities and Corridors

Thousands of listings pulled off Airbnb as Vancouver’s new rules come into effect

CTVNews | @CTVNews | 2018-09-06 | Tagged: housing, AirBnB, City of Vancouver

TransLink launches new mobility grant program for academics

Vancouver Sun | @vancouversun | 2018-08-31 | Tagged: transit, TransLink, research

Is This the End for Vancouver’s ‘Single-Family’ Neighbourhoods? | The Tyee

The Tyee | @thetyee | 2018-08-31 | Tagged: housing, VCPC, zoning, Vancouver, The Tyee

Dynamic Planning for Affordability

Planetizen – Urban Planning News, Jobs, and Education | Todd Litman | 2018-09-04 | Tagged: urban planning, housing

Land wealth is a massive source of inequality in BC

Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives | Alex Hemingway | 2018-09-04 | Tagged: economy, inequality, A City for All, real estate

UBC study finds Vancouver is the unhappiest city in Canada

Vancouver Courier | @VanCourierNews | 2018-09-04 | Tagged: A City for All, social inclusion, urban design

‘Everybody fits in’: inside the Canadian cities where minorities are the majority

the Guardian | @guardian | 2018-09-04 | Tagged: A City for All, social inclusion, demographics

Federal government confirms investment in Surrey LRT and Broadway subway line

Global News | @globalnews | 2018-09-04 | Tagged: Communities and Corridors, transit, infrastructure, Broadway Corridor

Connecting the Arbutus Greenway to the Seawall

Vancouver Public Space Network | @vpsn | 2018-09-05 | Tagged: VPSN, Arbutus Greenway, Communities and Corridors, public space, urban planning, cycling, walking

Forget Universal Basic Income. We Need Universal Basic Mobility.

www.2025ad.com | 2025AD | 2018-09-05 | Tagged: transportation, mobility, A City for All

City of Vancouver mulls sale of Arbutus Corridor lands to CP Rail for $1

Vancouver Sun | @vancouversun | 2018-09-05 | Tagged: Arbutus Greenway, Vancouver Sun, transportation, City of Vancouver, Communities and Corridors

9 books to read about transit

The Buzzer | Tanushree Pillai | 2018-09-06 | Tagged: transit, books

Vancouver votes in favour of Arbutus Corridor sale back to CP Rail for $1

Vancouver Sun | @vancouversun | 2018-09-06 | Tagged: active transportation, Arbutus Greenway, City of Vancouver

Thousands of listings pulled off Airbnb as Vancouver’s new rules come into effect

CTVNews | @CTVNews | 2018-09-06 | Tagged: housing, regulations, AirBnB


August 30, 2018

Want kids in cities to play outside? Just building playgrounds isn’t enough | Apolitical

Apolitical | @apoliticalco | 2018-08-23 | Tagged: urban design, children, A City for All, public space

Heads Up, Vancouver: Rising Seas Are Sinking Home Values

HuffPost Canada | Daniel Tencer | 2018-08-25 | Tagged: climate change, flooding, resilience, real estate, HuffPost Canada

Build Cities That Make People Active By Design (Blog)

HuffPost Canada | Kevin Lam and Jean Wang | 2018-08-27 | Tagged: urban design, public health, active transportation, cycling, walking

Why placemaking is now place marketing. And why it’s vital to your city

Resonance | @Resonanceco | 2018-08-30 | Tagged: placemaking, urban planning, public space

Over 140 additional curb ramps being installed in Vancouver
Kenneth Chan, Daily Hive-Urbanized | August 30, 2018

Downzoning of Vancouver’s Chinatown could cut property values 40 per cent
Peter Mitham, Business In Vancouver | August 29, 2018

Commercial Real Estate: Looking long-term at Vancouver’s waterfront
Evan Duggan, Vancouver Sun |  August 28, 2018

How do Vancouverites feel about the city’s housing situation? Some are ‘miserable,’ poll says
Melanie Green, StarMetro Vancouver | August 27, 2018

What would cities look like if they were designed by mothers?
Christine Murray, The Guardian | August 27, 2018

Big City Housing Doesn’t Have to Be So Expensive
Peter Coy, Bloomberg Businessweek | August 27, 2018

City of Vancouver prepares for driverless cars in 2040 Transportation Plan
Clare Hennig, CBC News | August 26, 2018

 19 mayors pledge to make all new buildings net-zero by 2030
Alissa Walker, Curbed | August 23, 2018

‘Troubling’ Findings on Who Speaks Up About Housing Development
Bill Lucia, Route Fifty | August 22, 2018

6 Ways We Want to Redesign Cities
Kateryna Romanova, IDEO | August 21, 2018

The Smart City Problem
Richard Littlemore, Trek Magazine (UBC Alumni) | Summer 2018


August 23, 2018

Autonomous Vehicles: Planners Aren’t Planning, Just Reacting

wiscav.org | Robert Fischer | 2018-08-16 | Tagged: urban planning, autonomous vehicles, transportation

Vancouver’s West End Challenges Assumptions About Compatibility
Daniel Herriges, Stronbg Towns | August 21, 2018

Small Is Beautiful and Helpful for Cities
Erin Ward, The Tyee | August 21, 2018

Opinion: Urban walking isn’t just good for the soul. It could save humanity
Jonn Elledge, The Guardian | August 21, 2018

The Bipartisan Cry of ‘Not in My Backyard’
Emily Badger, The New York Tines | August 21, 2018

City growth dominated by car-driving suburbs, whose votes decide elections
John Ibbitson, The Globe and Mail | August 20, 2018

Key Vancouver bike routes break ridership highs
Canadian Press, CBC News | August 18, 2018

Opinion: There’s no getting around the unsavory perception of ‘poor doors’ in Vancouver
Adrienne Tanner, The Globe and Mail  August 17, 2018

An Open Letter: Homelessness, Not Tent Cities, Is the Real Health and Safety Risk
Bernie Pauly, Marilou Gagnon and Chrissy Brett, The Tyee | August 17, 2018


August 16, 2018

Vancouver’s digital strategy awarded SmartCitiesWorld | August 16, 2018

Court stops City of Vancouver from thwarting Marpole rental housing project
Carlito Pablo, Thje Georgia Straight |  August 15, 2018

Renting for life? Vancouverites struggle to let go of homeownership ideal
Wanyee Li, StarMetro Vancouver | Aug. 14, 2018

Opinion: Placemaking sets the scene for economic success Charles Gauthier, Vancouver Sun | August 14, 2018

Vancouver’s New Plan To Allow More Homes Of All Shapes And Sizes Dan Bertolet, Sightline |  August 14, 2018

How cities trick you into better behaviour
Nikhil Hemrajani, BBC | August 13, 2018

How cities trick you into better behaviour
Nikhil Hemrajani, BBC | August 13, 2018

Portland Now Has The Smartest Parking Policies In The Northwest Michael Andersen, Sightline | August 13, 2018

Heat: the next big inequality issue Amy Fleming, Guardian Cities | August 13, 2018

Vancouver studying impact of driverless cars Marcella Bernardo, News1130 | August 10, 2018


August 9, 2018

Thanks to Comprehensive Street Design, Vancouver Sows for the Future David Goldberg, Sightline | August 8, 2018

How to Get in Front of the Future: Anticipatory Planning Lisa Nisensen and Jean Crowther, Medium | August 8, 2018

‘A Virtuous Cycle of Green’: How street design can be calmed by nature David Goldberg, Sightline | August 7, 2018

Most Public Engagement Is Worse Than Worthless Rueben Anderson, Strong Towns | August 6, 2018

 Building health: Our communities’ designs strongly influence our physical well-being Kevin Lam and Jean Zhuojing Wang, CBC News | August 4, 2018

Shipocalypse Now: How online shopping is changing our cities and our lives | CBC Radio

www.cbc.ca | @cbc | 2018-08-03 | Tagged: retail, urban design, CBC


August 2, 2018

Is There an “Ideological War on Transportation” in Vancouver?
David Kitai, Vancouver Magazine | August 2, 2018

City of Vancouver wants tunnelled SkyTrain from Arbutus to UBC Kenneth Chan, DailyHive/Urbanized | August 1, 2018

New study on Vancouver’s Arbutus Greenway: Can urban planning affect health and well-being? Clement Woo, SFU News | August 1, 2018

Vancouver demands developer combine play areas in condo and social housing building

Jen St. Denis,  StarMetro Vancouver| July 31, 2018

Let’s talk about the emotional abuse of planners
Lisa Schweitzer | July 31, 2018

Human nature? Why ecology is a critical part of city infrastructure
Tom Carver, GreenBiz | July 27, 2018


July 26, 2018

Green Building coalition pushes for performance-based building codes
Canadian Architect | July 26, 2018

Vancouver to develop green roof policy
Ainslie Cruickshank, StarMetro Vancouver | July 25, 2018

Vancouver needs to spend $1 billion to prepare for one metre rise in sea level
Mike Howell,  Vancouver Courier | July 25, 2018

Hollywood Theatre condo redevelopment gets green light
Joannah Connolly Vancouver Courier/Glacier Media Real Estate | July 25, 2018

Four Ways to Build Inclusive, Healthy Places for All
Sharon Roerty , Robert Wood Johnson Foundation | July 25, 2018

Vancouver Park Board approves landmark audit into past actions and colonial roots
Clare Hennig, CBC News | July 24, 2018

Vancouver city council approves renaming policy to help streets reflect city’s history
Wanyee Li, StarMetro Vancouver | July 24, 2018

City of Vancouver approves 1st of 3 towers for northeast False Creek
Justin McElroy, CBC News | July 24, 2018

City Council approves BC Place Stadium tower height with rental housing requirement
Kenneth Chan, DailyHive/Urbanzied | July 24, 2018

Vancouver city council approves Jericho Lands planning policy
Vancouver Courier | July 24, 2018

Laneway homes can now be more easily built in Vancouver
Kenneth Chan, DailyHive/Urbanzied | July 24, 2018

How will Sydney bounce back from a disaster? Know your neighbour
Megan Gorrey, Sydney Morning Herald | July 24, 2018

Low-tech solutions to smart city challenges: Addressing social isolation in our cities
Future Cities Canada | July 23, 2018

 Fact-checking Vancouver’s Swamp Drainers
Jens von Bergmann and Nathan Lauster, Mountain Doodles | July 22, 2018

Vancouver park board approves four-year, $399-million capital plan
Nick Eagland, Vancouver Sun | July 20, 2018


July 19, 2018

Our changing views of the city: A new urban celebration
Meg Holden, The Conversation | July 18, 2018

Making Room: How is Low-density housing currently being used?
Jens von Bergmann, Mountain Doodles | July 17, 2018

The Kids are All Right… About Cities
Robin Mazumder | July 17, 2018

Vancouver looks to honour Indigenous culture in plan for downtown park
Frances Bula, The Globe and Mail | July 16, 2018

Why is it important to have gender-inclusive city planning?
ElsaMarie D’Silva, YourStory | July 14, 2018

City council approves Plaza of Nations development despite opposition from former director of planning
Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight |  July 13, 2018

Northeast Vancouver may be getting a little greenway love
Naoibh O’Connor,  Vancouver Courier | July 13, 2018

Project Spotlight: Keeping things cool in the DTES
CityStudio | July 13, 2018

Why TOD is an incomplete idea in Metro Vancouver
Darren Proulx, SlowStreets | July 13, 2018

Why New York City Is Reporting Its Sustainability Progress to the UN
Nicole Javorsky, CityLab |July 13, 2018