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.


March 14, 2019

Smart City Planners Are Rethinking the Concept of Parking | Digital TrendsDigital Trends | John R. Quain | 2019-03-04 | Tagged: parking
Designing for Public Space Inclusive of Unhoused PeopleThe Field | @wordpressdotcom | 2019-03-07 | Tagged: public space, homelessness
These plans will turn Waterfront Station into a world-class hub (RENDERINGS)Daily Hive | Kenneth Chan | 2019-03-08 | Tagged: urban design, waterfront
The importance of thick networks in placemaking | Evergreenwww.evergreen.ca | @evergreencanada | 2019-03-11 | Tagged: Engagement for Real, placemaking
Rebuilding Cities, With Culture at the CoreCityLab | Tanvi Misra | 2019-03-12 | Tagged: resilience, arts and culture
Views with value: how cities preserve their defining vistasThe Guardian | Tom Brigden | 2019-03-13 | Tagged: urban design
‘Glimmer of hope’: Will modular housing make dent in Vancouver homeless numbers?Vancouver Sun | Dan Fumano | 2019-03-13 | Tagged: homelessness
Indigenous tenants occupy 44 per cent of Vancouver modular homesVancouver Courier | Mike Howell | 2019-03-13 | Tagged: housing, homelessness, Indigenous
B.C. building code adjusted upwards to allow 12-storey wood buildings | CBC Newswww.cbc.ca | @cbc | 2019-03-13 | Tagged: housing, urban design, architecture

March 7, 2019

Vancouver renoviction protections will be weaker than planned | The Starthestar.com | Jen St. Denis | 2019-02-27 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, housing
To Save Urban Planners, Cities Need Community Organizersnextcity.org | Oscar Perry Abello | 2019-02-28 | Tagged: urban planning, community
Jericho Lands development launches with assurances of ‘full consultation’Vancouver Courier | Naoibh O’Connor | 2019-03-03 | Tagged: Jericho Lands, urban planning, development, MST
Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate Statenextcity.org | Samuel Stein | 2019-03-04 | Tagged: real estate, development, urban planning
Decolonial Planning in North AmericaProgressive City | International | Annette Koh | 2019-03-04 | Tagged: city planning, intersectionality, reconciliation
To Design a Better City, Consider an ‘Eye-Level’ PerspectiveFortune | Timothy McDonald | 2019-03-05 | Tagged: urban design
City of Vancouver opens public discussion on future of Broadway corridor | CBC Newswww.cbc.ca | Ryan Patrick Jones | 2019-03-06 | Tagged:
After a decade of green, will Vancouver’s first citywide plan have a splash of blue?The Province | Christianne Wilhelmson: | 2019-03-07 | Tagged: city planning, city-wide plan, waterfront

February 28, 2019

Amplify: How a stroller opened my eyes to inaccessibility in my city
The Globe and Mail | Claire Neary | 2019-02-15 | Tagged: A City for All, urban design, accessibility
The Key to Safe Streets: Five Cities Humanizing Street Design
www.pps.org | Katherine Peinhardt and Nidhi Gulati | 2019-02-21 | Tagged: Communities and Corridors, urban design
Analysis highlights connection between Vancouver planning programs and land values
Vancouver Courier | Naoibh O’Connor | 2019-02-22 | Tagged: city-wide plan, urban planning, housing, real estate
Could Denver Become the Country’s First City Designed for Women?
5280 Magazine | Daliah Singer | 2019-02-22 | Tagged: A City for All, urban design
Property values and implications for Vancouver’s city-wide plan
Vancouver Sun | Dan Fumano | 2019-02-22 | Tagged: city-wide plan, city planning, real estate
Rethinking traffic congestion to make our cities more like the places we want them to be
The Conversation | Brian Feeney | 2019-02-24 | Tagged: transportation, urban planning
Urbanism without Effort
nextcity.org | Charles R. Wolfe | 2019-02-25 | Tagged: urban design, livability
It’s Possible to Develop New Housing Without Displacing Tons of Renters. Why Don’t We?
The Tyee | Christopher Cheung | 2019-02-25 | Tagged: housing, data, transportation
The ‘ticking time bomb’ threatening affordable rental homes
Vancouver Sun | Dan Fumano | 2019-02-25 | Tagged: housing, real estate
Designing streets for a new kind of delivery vehicle
Spacing Vancouver | Sylvia Green | 2019-02-25 | Tagged: active transportation, transportation
‘It makes no sense’ — concerns over ending Vancouver’s renters’ committee
Vancouver Sun | Dan Fumano | 2019-02-27 | Tagged: housing, A City for All, Engagement for Real
City of Vancouver outlines measures to toughen up protections for renters
Vancouver Courier | @VanCourierNews | 2019-02-27 | Tagged: housing, A City for All
The Rebirth of Vancouver’s Historically Black Neighbourhood
Vice | Urooba Jamal | 2019-02-28 | Tagged: A City for All, diversity, social inclusion
It’s not too late: Canada, not Sidewalk Labs, should be driving urban innovation
Vancouver Sun | @vancouversun | 2019-02-28 | Tagged: cities, urban planning, technology

February 21, 2019

Rail expansion through Port of Vancouver aimed at hiking imports from AsiaVancouver Sun | @vancouversun | 2019-02-14 | Tagged: transportation, infrastructure
Metro Vancouver mayors vote yes on SkyTrain extension to UBC | CBC Newswww.cbc.ca | @cbc | 2019-02-15 | Tagged: UBC, Broadway Corridor, transit
Proposed East Vancouver detox and social housing complex draws mixed reviews | CBC Newswww.cbc.ca | Zahra Premji | 2019-02-15 | Tagged: A City for All, housing, public health, social inclusion
NDP says Broadway subway will be subject to ‘community benefits agreement’Vancouver Sun | Glend Luymes | 2019-02-16 | Tagged: Broadway Corridor, transit, politics, infrastructure
‘There has to be a balance:’ Residents fuming over plans to double East Vancouver rail trafficGlobal News | @globalnews | 2019-02-17 | Tagged: infrastructure, politics, transportation
Fears unfounded over Vancouver modular housing project one year inCTV British Columbia | Breanna Karstens-Smith | 2019-02-19 | Tagged: housing, homelessness, A City for All
Proposed 28-storey South Granville development proves predictably polarizingWestern Investor | Naoibh O’Connor | 2019-02-19 | Tagged: housing, real estate, development, Broadway Corridor
Architecture expert points to new consideration of the digital city – constructconnect.com – Journal Of CommerceJournal Of Commerce | Warren Frey | 2019-02-20 | Tagged: architecture, technology, urban planning, A City for All
When Habitat 76 shone a spotlight on housing issues in Vancouverrabble.ca | Jean Walton | 2019-02-21 | Tagged: history, housing, urban planning

February 21, 2019

Shipocalypse Now: How online shopping is changing our cities and our lives | CBC Radiowww.cbc.ca | @cbc | 2018-08-03 | Tagged: retail, urban design, CBC
Autonomous Vehicles: Planners Aren’t Planning, Just Reactingwiscav.org | Robert Fischer | 2018-08-16 | Tagged: urban planning, autonomous vehicles, transportation
Want kids in cities to play outside? Just building playgrounds isn’t enough | ApoliticalApolitical | @apoliticalco | 2018-08-23 | Tagged: urban design, children, A City for All, public space
Heads Up, Vancouver: Rising Seas Are Sinking Home ValuesHuffPost 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 cityResonance | @Resonanceco | 2018-08-30 | Tagged: placemaking, urban planning, public space
Is This the End for Vancouver’s ‘Single-Family’ Neighbourhoods? | The TyeeThe Tyee | @thetyee | 2018-08-31 | Tagged: housing, VCPC, zoning, Vancouver, The Tyee
TransLink launches new mobility grant program for academicsVancouver Sun | @vancouversun | 2018-08-31 | Tagged: transit, TransLink, research
Federal government confirms investment in Surrey LRT and Broadway subway lineGlobal News | @globalnews | 2018-09-04 | Tagged: Communities and Corridors, transit, infrastructure, Broadway Corridor
Land wealth is a massive source of inequality in BCCanadian Centre For Policy Alternatives | Alex Hemingway | 2018-09-04 | Tagged: economy, inequality, A City for All, real estate
‘Everybody fits in’: inside the Canadian cities where minorities are the majoritythe Guardian | @guardian | 2018-09-04 | Tagged: A City for All, social inclusion, demographics
Dynamic Planning for AffordabilityPlanetizen – Urban Planning News, Jobs, and Education | Todd Litman | 2018-09-04 | Tagged: urban planning, housing
UBC study finds Vancouver is the unhappiest city in CanadaVancouver Courier | @VanCourierNews | 2018-09-04 | Tagged: A City for All, social inclusion, urban design
Connecting the Arbutus Greenway to the SeawallVancouver Public Space Network | @vpsn | 2018-09-05 | Tagged: VPSN, Arbutus Greenway, Communities and Corridors, public space, urban planning, cycling, walking
City of Vancouver mulls sale of Arbutus Corridor lands to CP Rail for $1Vancouver Sun | @vancouversun | 2018-09-05 | Tagged: Arbutus Greenway, Vancouver Sun, transportation, City of Vancouver, Communities and Corridors
Forget Universal Basic Income. We Need Universal Basic Mobility.www.2025ad.com | 2025AD | 2018-09-05 | Tagged: transportation, mobility, A City for All
Thousands of listings pulled off Airbnb as Vancouver’s new rules come into effectCTV News | @CTVNews | 2018-09-06 | Tagged: housing, regulations, AirBnB
9 books to read about transitThe Buzzer | Tanushree Pillai | 2018-09-06 | Tagged: transit, books
Vancouver votes in favour of Arbutus Corridor sale back to CP Rail for $1Vancouver Sun | @vancouversun | 2018-09-06 | Tagged: active transportation, Arbutus Greenway, City of Vancouver
Robson Square plaza project to get $5.4 million in 2019 Vancouver city budgetGeorgia Straight Vancouver’s News & Entertainment Weekly | Carlito Pablo | 2018-12-10 | Tagged: public space, urban design
No easy way for Metro to build its way out of its housing crisisVancouver Courier | Mario Canseco | 2018-12-11 | Tagged: housing, real estate
Metro task force to target Lower Mainland industrial crunchBusiness in Vancouver | Peter Mitham | 2019-01-09 | Tagged: Metro Vancouver, industrial lands, region
City asks developer to revise drawings for separate doors for social housing and market housing tower on Robson StreetGeorgia Straight Vancouver’s News & Entertainment Weekly | Charlie Smith | 2019-01-09 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, A City for All, housing

February 14, 2019

All the Bad Things About Uber and Lyft In One Simple List
Streetsblog USA | Angie Schmitt | 2019-02-04 | Tagged: transportation
More Vancouver homes occupied according to initial 2018 Empty Homes Tax statistics
Indo-Canadian Voice | Rattan Mall | 2019-02-06 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, housing
Price Talks Ep18: ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative — Excavating Inclusivity Price Tags | @pricetags | 2019-02-06 | Tagged: A City for All, social inclusion
B.C.’s solution to tackling the pigeon problem on SkyTrain? Birth control Global News | @globalnews | 2019-02-07 | Tagged: TransLink, transit
What Airbnb Does to Renters, Employees, and Cities
Pacific Standard | Sarah Holder | 2019-02-07 | Tagged: housing, regulations, AirBnB
Surrey aims to reduce deaths, injuries on roads by 15% in next five years
Surrey Now-Leader | Lauren Collins | 2019-02-08 | Tagged: active transportation, walking, transportation
Most Metro Vancouverites on board with plan for SkyTrain to UBC
Vancouver Courier | Mario Canseco | 2019-02-11 | Tagged: TransLink, transit, Broadway Corridor, UBC
Interview – Matt Horne, Vancouver climate policy manager
Cambie Report | Patrick Meehan | 2019-02-11 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, climate change, resilience
Podcast: Engaged Cities with Myung Lee, Cities of Service
elgl.org | 2019-02-12 | Tagged: Engagement for Real
Vancouver city hall touts shorter building permit delays
Vancouver Sun | Dan Fumano | 2019-02-13 | Tagged: development, housing, City of Vancouver
Vancouver artists stage protest, art show as tribute to disappearing gallery space
Vancouver Courier | John Kurucz | 2019-02-13 | Tagged: land use, TransLink, arts and culture
Speaking truth to power – there’s no such thing as neutral – Municipal World
Municipal World | Ashleigh Weeden | 2019-02-13 | Tagged: Engagement for Real, community, politics
Why America’s New Apartment Buildings All Look the Same
Bloomberg Businessweek | Justin Fox | 2019-02-13 | Tagged: architecture, zoning, urban design
Stretch of Robson Street to become permanent outdoor plaza
CTV British Columbia | @CTVVancouver | 2019-02-14 | Tagged: public space, urban design
New $5.4-million permanent design for Robson Plaza to be built this year
Daily Hive | Kenneth Chan | 2019-02-14 | Tagged: public space, urban design
Metro Vancouver mayors to vote on SkyTrain for UBC
Georgia Straight Vancouver’s News & Entertainment Weekly | Carlito Pablo | 2019-02-14 | Tagged: Metro Vancouver, transit, UBC

February 7, 2019

The curious case of the misplaced curb | CBC News

www.cbc.ca | Maryse Zeidler | 2019-02-02 | Tagged: A City for All, accessibility, urban design

Election year is the time for Vancouver council to push its transit plans forward

The Globe and Mail | Adrenne Tanner | 2019-02-02 | Tagged: politics, transit

As transit expands, Metro Vancouver struggles to keep homes affordable | CBC News

www.cbc.ca | Maryse Zeidler | 2019-02-04 | Tagged: transit, housing, real estate, Metro Vancouver

Toronto’s Design Review Panel pushes developers to think beyond the bland | The Star

thestar.com | Donovan Vincent | 2019-02-04 | Tagged: urban design

What’s It Like Living in a City Without Uber or Lyft? Ask Vancouver.

Slate Magazine | David Zipper | 2019-02-04 | Tagged: transportation, transit

Apple flagship store could be coming to downtown Vancouver

Daily Hive | @iamkennethchan | 2019-02-04 | Tagged: urban design, public space

Improper paperwork: Vancouver pioneer lanes subdivided … 133 years later

Vancouver Sun | John Mackie | 2019-02-05 | Tagged: zoning, history, land use

As Vancouver’s demographic shifts, young Chinese-Canadians try to connect an increasingly divided city

The Globe and Mail | Kerry Gold | 2019-02-05 | Tagged: A City for All, Chinatown, social inclusion

Price Talks Ep18: ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative — Excavating Inclusivity

Price Tags | @pricetags | 2019-02-06 | Tagged: A City for All, real estate, urban planning

From broken sidewalks to climate change, Vancouver mayor gets earful in one-on-one sessions

Vancouver Courier | @Howellings | 2019-02-06 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, Engagement for Real, politics


January 31, 2019

Maintaining a Façade, or Preserving Heritage? | The Tyee

The Tyee | Christopher Cheung | 2019-01-25 | Tagged: heritage, architecture, urban design

Chris Selley: Sorry, the feds can’t build you a house

National Post | @acoyne | 2019-01-26 | Tagged: housing, politics

Data is knowledge, and Canadians deserve to know themselves

The Globe and Mail | Wayne Smith | 2019-01-27 | Tagged: data

Where Millennials Meet Octogenarians

CityLab | Megan Kimble | 2019-01-29 | Tagged: A City for All, demographics, seniors, community

Vancouver’s new city council cuts key reconciliation fund in half

The Discourse | Wawmeesh Hamilton | 2019-01-30 | Tagged: reconciliation, City of Vancouver, Indigenous culture

Vancouver GM hired as B.C. deputy minister of municipal affairs and housing

Vancouver Courier | @Howellings | 2019-01-30 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, BC Gov’t, development

Vancouver city council supports expanding rapid transit to UBC

The Ubyssey | Alex Nguyen and Zak Vescera | 2019-01-30 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, transit, UBC

Dan Fumano: Connecting the region to the ‘behemoth’ that is UBC

Vancouver Sun | Dan Fumano | 2019-01-31 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, transit, infrastructure, UBC, transportation

City Council approves next steps for Granville Bridge bike and walking path

Daily Hive | @iamkennethchan | 2019-01-31 | Tagged: active transportation, City of Vancouver, urban design

Translink CEO tells lawmakers that ride-hailing companies should be priced to complement transit

The Globe and Mail | Frances Bula | 2019-01-31 | Tagged: TransLink, transit, transportation


January 24, 2019

Vancouver housing ranked world’s second-least affordable market – BNN Bloomberg

BNN | Shawna Kwan | 2019-01-21 | Tagged: housing, real estate

Vancouver mayor Kennedy Stewart says new report helps his efforts to extend SkyTrain to UBC

Georgia Straight | Charlie Smith | 2019-01-21 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, transit, TransLink, transportation

Opinion Poll: BC Views on Land Use, Sustainability, and Rural Planning

REFBC | Real Estate Foundation of BC | 2019-01-22 | Tagged: environment, sustainability, economy

TransLink report says SkyTrain the ‘only technology’ to meet UBC rapid transit demands

Global News | @globalnews | 2019-01-22 | Tagged: TransLink, Broadway Corridor, transit

How Can We Save BC’s Small Businesses Facing Death by Property Tax? | The Tyee

The Tyee | Christopher Cheung | 2019-01-22 | Tagged: small business, real estate

How Urban Planning Is Turning Into Interaction Planning

Pop-Up City | Valeria Danin | 2019-01-22 | Tagged: urban planning

Whistler’s affordable housing model is below-market and free of speculation. Why isn’t it used elsewhere? | CBC News

CBC | Justin McElroy | 2019-01-24 | Tagged: housing, real estate

What can Seattle learn from cities where homelessness has dropped?

The Seattle Times | Scott Greenstone | 2019-01-24 | Tagged: housing, A City for All, homelessness

Granville Bridge makeover: City of Vancouver to reallocate up to four lanes for cycling and walking

Georgia Straight | Carlito Pablo | 2019-01-24 | Tagged: active transportation, infrastructure, City of Vancouver

2018 in Review: City Trends, Policies and Conversations

Medium | @tayo_goe | 2019-01-24 | Tagged: urban planning

January 17, 2019

Elise Stolte: Pushing beyond an ugly history. There is now no ‘single-family’ zone in Edmonton

Edmonton Journal | @edmontonjournal | 2019-01-14 | Tagged: housing, zoning, city planning

Redesigning Cities to Support Seniors Stuck in Suburban Sprawl – Spacing Vancouver

Spacing Vancouver | Christopher Cheung | 2019-01-14 | Tagged: A City for All, demographics, seniors, urban design

City of Vancouver seeking feedback on breaking building permitting red tape

Daily Hive | @iamkennethchan | 2019-01-16 | Tagged: development, City of Vancouver, regulations