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.

November 15, 2018

New Vancouver council needs to address Downtown Eastside’s growing homeless problem

The Globe and Mail | Adrienne Tanner | 2018-11-12 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, public health, housing

Vancouver appears poised to reverse duplex decision, despite housing crisis

British Columbia | Jon Woodward | 2018-11-14 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, housing, zoning

Why Cities Must Tackle Single-Family Zoning

CityLab | Benjamin Schneider | 2018-11-14 | Tagged: housing, zoning

Council agrees to start a citywide plan to map out Vancouver’s housing vision | The Star | Jen St. Denis | 2018-11-14 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, urban planning, housing

Vancouver council takes first step to a city-wide plan

Vancouver Courier | @Howellings | 2018-11-14 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, urban planning, housing

Vancouver council approves launching city-wide plan; vote on duplex do-over to come Thursday | CBC News | Justin McElroy | 2018-11-15 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, housing, urban planning

By the Numbers: Metro Vancouver’s Increasing Inequality and Division | The Tyee

The Tyee | Christopher Cheung | 2018-11-15 | Tagged: Metro Vancouver, A City for All, demographics

November 8, 2018

Vancouver city hall extends time for public input as reno fight heats up in West End

Vancouver Sun | Joanne Lee-Young | 2018-10-26 | Tagged: housing, real estate, development

Could State-Led Upzones Happen Here? 7 Lessons from Modern Cascadia

Sightline Institute | Michael Andersen | 2018-11-02 | Tagged: housing, zoning

The social costs of ride-hailing may be larger than previously thought | @TheEconomist | 2018-11-03 | Tagged: transportation

Vancouver’s new councillors weigh in on prospect of a city-wide plan

Vancouver Courier | Naoibh O’Connor | 2018-11-05 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, urban planning, zoning

Urban planning displaces Black populations, says professor | Michelle Gomez | 2018-11-06 | Tagged: A City for All, social inclusion, urban planning

Tall timber skyscrapers beacon for a future friendlier to climate, Vancouver conference hears

Vancouver Sun | Derrick Penner | 2018-11-07 | Tagged: architecture, resilience, climate change

New city-wide plan and renter’s office to be considered by Vancouver City Council

Daily Hive | Kenneth Chan | 2018-11-07 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, urban planning, housing

Vancouver City Council may reconsider citywide policy of allowing duplexes

Daily Hive | Kenneth Chan | 2018-11-07 | Tagged:

Alex Boston: Despite new mayors’ promises, transit extensions require population density, sound business models, to work

Vancouver Sun | Alex Boston | 2018-11-07 | Tagged: TransLink, transportation, sustainability

November 1, 2018

Should Urban Studies be taught in high school?

This City Life | Jillian Glover | Tagged: urban planning, education, A City for All

Healthy cities are more-than-human

Foreground | Cecily Maller | 2018-10-25 | Tagged: public health, urban design, Healthy City

Crowd-mapping gender equality – a powerful tool for shaping a better city launches in Melbourne

The Conversation | Nicole Kalms | 2018-10-28 | Tagged: urban design, A City for All, intersectionality

Ways Canada’s Broken Housing System Has Screwed Millennials

Vice | Drew Brown | 2018-10-29 | Tagged: housing, A City for All

Vancouver’s practice of squeezing money from new social housing is distorting affordability targets, say operators | Jen St. Denis | 2018-10-29 | Tagged: housing, City of Vancouver, A City for All

Renovations make Vancouver’s Renfrew Ravine more accessible

Vancouver Courier | Jessica Kerr | 2018-10-30 | Tagged: A City for All, parks, public space

Experts urge zoning changes following report showing young families embracing higher density dwellings | Jenny Peng | 2018-11-01 | Tagged: housing, real estate, research


October 25, 2018

An interview with SCARP’s new director | UBC SCARP | Tagged: UBC SCARP

The Things Cities Could Do Now to Cut Climate Emissions—Fast

CityLab | @CityLab | 2018-10-17 | Tagged: sustainability, resilience, transportation, development

City elections are about the small stuff – and the big stuff, too

The Globe and Mail | Alex Bozikovic | 2018-10-22 | Tagged: politics, cities

Opinion: Making more room to address Vancouver’s housing crisis

Vancouver Sun | Leonora Angeles | 2018-10-23 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, politics, housing

Trouble in Paradise: BC’s Local Elections Shake Up Housing Policy

Sightline Institute | Michael Andersen | 2018-10-24 | Tagged: politics, housing, region

Meet your new Vancouver city councillors

Vancouver Courier | @VanCourierNews | 2018-10-24 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, politics

October 18, 2018

The new ways to get citizens involved in urban design | @smh | 2018-10-01 | Tagged: urban design, Engagement for Real

What would an age-friendly city look like?

The Guardian | Alice Grahame | 2018-10-10 | Tagged: urban design, A City for All

Designing for the Other Four Senses

THE DIRT | @landarchitects | 2018-10-10 | Tagged: urban design, architecture

Alex Boston: TransLink’s renewable energy leadership a model for bus fleets throughout B.C.

Georgia Straight Vancouver’s News & Entertainment Weekly | @georgiastraight | 2018-10-11 | Tagged: TransLink, transit, sustainability

Brian Minter: Urban forests key to managing climate change, UBC conference hears

Vancouver Sun | @vancouversun | 2018-10-13 | Tagged: sustainability, resilience, climate change

B.C. government moves ahead with speculation tax on vacant homes | CBC News | @cbc | 2018-10-16 | Tagged: BC Gov’t, housing

Better Buildings BC incentive plan aims for zero – – Journal Of Commerce

Journal Of Commerce | 2018-10-17 | Tagged: architecture, sustainability, BC Gov’t

October 11, 2018

Q&A: Is building low-carbon neighbourhoods sustainable?

Delta Optimist | Joannah Connolly | 2018-09-28 | Tagged: urban design, sustainability

Vancouver opens the door to duplexes

The Globe and Mail | @globeandmail | 2018-10-04 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, housing, zoning

Housing, homelessness and a history of discrimination come together at 1 Vancouver intersection | CBC News | Margaret Gallagher | 2018-10-06 | Tagged: housing, A City for All, urban planning

What would an age-friendly city look like?

the Guardian | Alice Grahame | 2018-10-10 | Tagged: A City for All, urban design, housing

Union Gospel Mission, UBC release report on homelessness and affordability

Vancouver Sun | Jennifer Saltman | 2018-10-11 | Tagged: housing, A City for All

October 4, 2018

Why Good Design Is a Public Good

CityLab | John Cary | 2017-12-26 | Tagged: urban design, A City for All

Three lessons in designing cities for everyone | Susan Nienaber | 2018-08-06 | Tagged: A City for All, public space, Engagement for Real

Gil Kelley: Duplex zoning is just the start of city-wide planning process

Vancouver Sun | Gil Kelley | 2018-09-28 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, zoning, housing

Was Vision Vancouver ‘Addicted’ to Selling Rezoning?

The Tyee | Christopher Cheung | 2018-10-01 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, zoning, CACs

Vancouver hosts global conference of city greening experts

RCI | English | Levon Sevunts | 2018-10-01 | Tagged: sustainability, urban design, public space

Win-Win Solutions for Climate Protection and Health

Planetizen | Todd Litman | 2018-10-02 | Tagged: transportation, active transportation, public health, resilience

The most populated area in Canada without its own government is in Metro Vancouver | Justin McElroy | 2018-10-03 | Tagged: UBC, urban planning, Metro Vancouver

Opinion: ‘YIMBYism’ key to Vancouver’s housing challenges

Vancouver Sun | Jan Robinson and Carolina Ibarra | 2018-10-03 | Tagged: housing, urban planning, zoning

Questioning the strategic role of architects in city making

The Fifth Estate | Philip Graus | 2018-10-03 | Tagged: architecture, urban design, placemaking

September 27, 2018

Urban Planning as Settler Colonialism: Lessons from Seattle’s Past

@SeattleChannel | 2018-03-30 | Tagged: urban planning, Indigenous culture, history

Large-scale harvesting of data helping to create ‘smart cities’ of tomorrow

The Globe and Mail | Paul Attfield | 2018-09-13 | Tagged: smart cities, data, public space, transportation

Why architecture is no longer a ‘gentleman’s profession’ – the women removing the glass ceiling

The Independent | Reed Kroloff | 2018-09-19 | Tagged: architecture, diversity, A City for All

How can architects build the equitable discipline we deserve? | Jonathan Massey | 2018-09-20 | Tagged: architecture, inequality, A City for All

MAP: Vancouver just gave 15 public spaces new names. Is one in your neighbourhood?

Global News | Simon Little | 2018-09-20 | Tagged: placemaking, A City for All, history, City of Vncouver

Vancouver taking notes on Seattle’s ‘urban villages’ strategy for affordable housing | Anna Dimoff | 2018-09-20 | Tagged: urban design, urban planning, housing

Vancouver’s new duplex rules explained | CBC News | Karin Larsen | 2018-09-20 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, housing, zoning

Rezoning application submitted for new St. Paul’s Hospital development

Vancouver Courier | Naoibh O’Connor | 2018-09-21 | Tagged: urban planning, development, False Creek Flats

‘Let’s bring back the dignity of walking’: being on foot in your city

the Guardian | @mlle_elle | 2018-09-21 | Tagged: urban design, walking

Metro Vancouver mayors endorse TransLink’s emissions, energy goals

Vancouver Sun | Jennifer Saltman | 2018-09-21 | Tagged: TransLink, transit, sustainability

Social infrastructure can help save us from the ravages of climate change | Eric Klinenberg | 2018-09-23 | Tagged: public space, resilience, climate change, A City for All

Is Planning a Man’s World? Why “Manels”, All Male Panels are Wrong in the 21st Century

Price Tags | Sandy James | 2018-09-24 | Tagged: urban planning, diversity, A City for All

Vancouver removes perplexing roadblock to affordable housing

The Globe and Mail | Adrienne Tanner | 2018-09-24 | Tagged: City of Vncouver, housing

Residents increasingly share a dim view of real estate developers

Business in Vancouver | Mario Canseco | 2018-09-25 | Tagged: development, real estate, housing

Cowlines app puts environmental spin on trip-planning technology | Wanyee Li | 2018-09-26 | Tagged: active transportation, transportation, smart cities

A City-Wide Plan: Gil Kelley’s amazing announcement that almost went unnoticed

Price Tags | Gordon Price | 2018-09-27 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, urban planning

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

Public packs city hall for divided debate on allowing duplexes across Vancouver | Michelle Ghoussoub | 2018-09-19 | Tagged: housing, City of Vancouver, politics

Vancouver City Council approves $2 billion housing mandate | 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 | @cbc | 2018-09-07 | Tagged: housing, BC Gov’t

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