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 15, 2018

Vision Vancouver motion asks park board to consider turning Langara golf course into a park
Harrison Monney, Vancouver Sun | March 15, 2018

Vancouver homeless count to focus on Indigenous population
CBC News | March 14, 2018

All parking stalls at new Vancouver condos will need electric car charging capability
CBC News | March 14, 2018

Proposed Ray-Cam community centre renewal gets council approval
Jessica Kerr,  Vancouver Courier| March 14, 2018

Make Robson Street traffic free between Burrard and Granville, says planning expert
Natasha Frakes, CBC News | March 14, 2018

New B.C. tax on high-value homes goes largely unnoticed
Justine Hunter, The Globe and Mail | March 13, 2018

Developer pitches plan for 50,000 units of affordable housing in Toronto, Vancouver
David Ebner and Frances Bula, The Globe and Mail | March 13, 2018

Park board moving ahead with women’s safety policy
Jessica Kerr,  Vancouver Courier | March 13, 2018

This time, False Creek Flats is truly transforming
Frances Bula, The Globe and Mail | March 12, 2018

Transit not meeting demand, say residents of Vancouver’s new East Fraser Lands
Chad Pawson, CBC News | March 12, 2018

Five Key Takeaways from the 2018 World Urban Forum
Michael Mehaffy , Planetizen |March 11, 2018

Six False Creek affordable housing lots still empty after three decades
Lori Culbert, Vancouver Sun | March 9, 2018

Growing pains: Vancouver parents question school board’s ability to plan for growth
Maryse Zeidler, CBC News | March 9, 2018

High speed rail between Vancouver, Seattle and Portland inches closer to reality
Chad Pawson, CBC News | March 9, 2018




March 8, 2018


L.A. Bets That Equity Is the Path to Resilience
Benjamin Schneider, CityLab | March 8, 2018

Forget Grand Architecture. This Is What Well Designed Cities Actually Need
Debbie Young | Fortune | March 8, 2018

Federal budget boosts rental housing; transit funding idles
Peter Mitham, Business in Vancouver | March 7, 2018

Some Vancouverites Want Their Olympic Streetcar Back
Sandy Smith, Next City | March 7, 2018

West End and Shaughnessy have highest percentage of empty homes: city
Jen St. Denis, Vancouver Metro | March 7, 2018

Future of False Creek South leases in doubt
Carlito Pablo, The Georgia Straight |  March 7, 2018

Marpole ‘a food desert’ warn members of Vancouver neighbourhood
Melanie Green, Vancouver Metro | March 7, 2018

Lisbon preserves historical shops as contemporary influences take hold
Ishay Govener-Ypma, March 7, 2018

Handful of homeless Vancouverites turn down housing because of neighbourhood protests
Briar Stewart, CBC News | March 6, 2018

Vancouver trip-planning app goes head-to-head against Google Maps
Wanyee Li, Vancouver Metro | March 6, 2018

Consider Anthropology in Your Next Urban Design Project
Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman, Meeting of the Minds | March 6, 2018

California’s Love of Cars Is Fueling Its Housing Crisis
Virginia Postrel, Bloomberg View | March 6, 2018

Street Smarts: Common Sense and the Smart City
Robin Mazumder | March 6, 2018


Provincial and federal budgets promise affordable housing for Vancouver, at what cost?
Clare Hennig, CBC News | March 5, 2018

Want to build the city of the future? Here’s your chance
CBC News | March 5, 2018

Real estate industries made up fifth of Canada’s GDP in 2017
Joannah Connolly,  Vancouver Courier | March 5, 2018

Public art adds to a neighbourhood’s palette
Guy Dixon, The Globe and Mail | March 5, 2018

Report says housing for an aging population needs to be part of public debate
Kevin Griffin, The Province | March 5, 2018

‘Water is the new fire,’ says the Insurance Bureau of Canada
David Rider, The Toronto Star | March 5, 2018

The Future of Honolulu Depends on Its Parks
Timothy A. Schuler, Next City  | March 5, 2018

Citizen Engagement for the Long Haul
Myung J. Lee, Governing | March 5, 2018

Stay or leave: Vancouver’s artists face dwindling studio space, insecure housing
Clare Hennig, CBC News | March 3, 2018

Rain City: Vancouver puts new focus on rainwater management
CBC News | March 2, 2018

B.C. government, Metro Vancouver break ground on affordable-housing project
Scott Brown, Vancouver Sun | March 2, 2018

Vancouver housing sales slump as market braces for tax impact
Brent Jang, The Globe and Mail | March 2, 2018

Tale of two cities: one on road to somewhere and another on road to nowhere (Vancouver and Cape Town)
Lance Berelowitz, IOL | March 2, 2018

Critics set hair on fire over NDP’s modest attempts to cool housing market
Allen Garr,  Vancouver Courier | March 2, 2018

March 1, 2018

Tallest building demolition in Vancouver history to begin this month
Maryse Zeidler, CBC News | March 1, 2018

Condos may save the Hollywood Theatre in Kitsilano
Peter Meiszner, UrbanYVR | March 1, 2018

Four in five British Columbians support new real estate taxes
Joannah Connolly, Vancouver Courier | March 1, 2018

Mobility pricing: An idea whose time has come?
Marc Lee, Policy Note (CCPA) | March 1, 2018

Feds cut infrastructure funding forecast in last year’s budget by $1.5B
Ainslie Cruickshank, Vancouver Metro | February 28, 2018

Metro: Aboriginals gatekeepers for Lower Mainland real estate
Frank O’Brien & Peter Mitham,  Western Investor/Richmond News | February 28, 2018

Critics say new Vancouver policy will change city skyline ‘as we know it’
Frances Bula, The Globe and Mail | February 27, 2018

FCM statement on Federal Budget 2018
News Release, Federation of Canadian Municipalities | February 27, 2018

Group tackles loneliness, language barriers through conversation
Linda Givetash, The Canadian Press/Victoria Times-Colonist | February 27, 2018

There’s a New Generation of Black Women Shaping Canadian Cities
Jay Pitter, Flare | February 27, 2018

Opinion: Automated Vehicles Can’t Save Cities
Allison Arieff, The New York Times | February 27, 2018

A Deeper Dive into Family Friendly Affordable Housing at the Museum of Vancouver
Sean Ruthen, Spacing Vancouver | February 26, 2018

Why Canada needs to change how to forecast and prepare for floods
Anna Maria Tremonti, The Current (CBC Radio) | February 26, 2018

Surprise ruling may be end of Vancouver condo
Frances Bula, The Globe and Mail | February 25, 2018

Vancouver: Chinatown condo opponents take their fight to developer’s front door
Matt Robinson, Vancouver Sun | February 25, 2018

B.C. officials clarify plans for rental-only zoning law
Frances Bula, The Globe and Mail | February 25, 2018

Vancouver council to prioritize curb ramp installation across city
Stephanie Ip, Vancouver Sun | February 25, 2018

Heritage Vancouver worried about fate of modernist fire halls
Naoibh O’Connor, Vancouver Courier | February 25, 2018

UDP Lacks Volunteer Members to Function – Red Tape May Delay 40 Rental Homes on Kingsway
CityDuo | February 24, 2018

Tech Envisions the Ultimate Start-Up: An Entire City
Emily Badger, The New York Times | February 24, 2018

City scraps hearing for Chinatown condo proposal
Mike Howell,  Vancouver Courier | February 23, 2018

FCM: National forum helps shape future direction of Indigenous – local government relations
Press Release, NationTalk Indigenous Business and Finance  | February 23, 2018

February 22, 2018

Opinion: Northeast False Creek Vancouver’s New Golden Apple
Larry Beasley, Vancouver Sun | February 21, 2018

Meet the realtor transforming Vancouver one block at a time
Christopher Cheung, Vancouver Courier | February 21, 2018

Taking a stand against Vancouver’s real estate disaster
Terry Glavin, Maclean’s | February 21, 2018

Vancouver council votes to explore Granville strip improvements after plea from slain victim’s family
Nick Eagland, Vancouver Sun | February 21, 2018

Musqueam development will double population of University Endowment Lands
Susan Lazaruk, Vancouver Sun | February 21, 2018

Vancouver and Surrey vie for $50M of ‘Smart Cities’ funding from federal government
Wanyee Li. Vancouver Metro | February 21, 2018

Six Things I Learned From World Urban Forum 9
Tom Dallessio, Next City | February 21, 2018

The town that’s found a potent cure for illness – community
George Monbiot, The Guardian | February 21, 2018

B.C. budget imposes tax on foreign, domestic housing speculation
Justine Hunter, The Globe and Mail | February 20, 2018

QuickFacts on B.C. housing plan in Tuesday’s budget
Canadian Press, News 1130 | February 20, 2018

Why the city’s chief planner is OK with you losing a view of North Shore mountains
Mike Howell, Vancouver Courier, February 18, 2018

UNESCO demonstrates multi-pronged approach to resilient cities
Modern Diplomacy | February 18, 2018

When Calling an Uber Can Pay Off for Cities and States
Winnie Hu, The New York Times | February 18, 2017

In Vancouver, home is often where you park your van
Adrienne Tanner, The Globe and Mail | February 16, 2018

February 15, 2018

Making modular more than a temporary homeless fix
Tyler Nyquvest, Business in Vancouver | February 15, 2018

From opportunities to outcomes: Big City Mayors’ Caucus lays out budget priorities to federal ministers 
Federation of Canadian Municipalities | February 15, 2018

B.C. officials clarify plans for rental-only zoning law
Frances Bula The Globe and Mail | February 14, 2018

Vancouver’s Chinatown: heritage site, urban village or tourist zone?
Thomas Ian McLeod, Fraseropolis | February 14, 2018

Andy Yan, the analyst who exposed Vancouver’s real estate disaster
Terry Glavin, Maclean’s | February 14, 2018

Podcasts: Interviews from World Urban Forum 9
Next City (via SoundCloud) | February 14, 2018

How Urban Planning Is Changing in the 21st Century
Kayla Matthew, Planetizen | February 14, 2018

 Podcast: Brent Toderian on His Former Role as Vancouver’s Chief Planner
Parkisfy (via SoundCloud), February 13, 2018

City approves ambitious plan for Northeast False Creek
John Mackie, Vancouver Sun | February 13, 2018

10 big decisions the B.C. government will make in this legislative session
Justin McElroy, CBC News Posted: February 13, 2018

Canadian Global Cities Council calls for national urban strategy to advance infrastructure delivery
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. Newswire | February 13, 2018

The Age-Friendly City Can’t Just Be for the Wealthy
Mimi Kirk, CityLab | February 13, 2018

Northeast False Creek plan critics lament loss of Vancouver’s mountain views
Maryse Zeidler, CBC News | February 12, 2018

Chinatown leaders ‘left behind’ in Northeast False Creek plan
Cheryl Chan, Vancouver Sun | February 12, 2018

A building problem: B.C. has too many stratas, not enough managers
Liam Britten, CBC News | February 12, 2018

The State of California is (Finally) Forcing Through Affordable Housing Laws, Overruling Municipal NIMBYism
Antonio Pacheo, ArchDaily | February 11, 2018

Joyce Murray: Canada Lands Corporation is committed to coherent planning process for Jericho Lands
Joyce Murray, The Georgia Straight | February 10, 2018


February 8, 2018

Questions raised about 1,800 social housing units pledged in Vancouver’s Northeast False Creek plan
Carlito Pablo, The Georgia Straight |  February 8th, 2018

 U.S. cities can save billions with green, resilient design, says report
Patrick Sisson, Curbed | February 8, 2018

TransLink hits record-high ridership in 2017
Wanyee Li, Vancouver Metro | February 8, 2018

Rio Theatre operators say their offer to buy building has been accepted
CBC News | February 8, 2018

Airbnb to collect provincial, municipal taxes on short-term rentals in B.C.
CBC News | February 8, 2018

Car parking is choking our cities, and we’re paying for the privilege
Rebecca Clements and Alan March, Foreground | February 8, 2018

Gap between housing supply and demand largest in Toronto and Vancouver: CMHC
CBC News | February 7, 2018

Homeowners get one-month extension on Empty Homes Tax declaration
Joannah Connolly, Vancouver Courier | February 7, 2018

A campaign to ensure that communities get the benefit of land-value increases that their tax dollars helped create
Frances Bula, State of Vancouver | February 7, 2018

B.C. based coalition launches campaign to bring ride hailing to the province
Canadian Business | February 7, 2018

Cascadia’s 3 big-city mayors meet for the first time
Knute Berger, Cross cut | February 7, 2018

Meet Montreal’s commissioner of Indigenous affairs
Susan Bell, CBC News | February 7, 2018

Vancouver’s Yaletown neighbourhood losing nearly 100 parking spaces to make room for emergency vehicles
Emily Lazatin, CKNW/Global News | February 6, 2018

Reconciling the damage done by ‘urban renewal’
Allen Garr, Vancouver Courier | February 6, 2018

No fixed address: More Vancouverites are opting to live in vehicles, but is it sustainable? (VIDEO)
Mike Howell, Vancouver Courier | February 6, 2018

Obituary: Real-estate analyst Richard Wozny fought for justice on housing and taxes
Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun | February 6, 2018

Vancouver nowhere near the top in global gridlock ranking
Mike Lloyd, News 1130| February 6, 2018

Vancouver reaches new heights with Passive House complex
Naoibh O’Connor, Vancouver Courier | February 6, 2018

Another casualty of Metro Vancouver’s brutal housing market? Your health
Sara Hyde. CKNW/Global News | February 6, 2018

Plans for Arbutus Greenway experience taking root
Naoibh O’Connor, Vancouver Courier | February 6, 2018


February 1, 2018

In Vancouver, a ‘single family’ house often isn’t
Kerry Gold, The Globe and Mail | February 1, 2018

Could bigger rent increases help ease housing crisis? Union of B.C. Municipalities thinks so
Maryse Zeidler, CBC News | February 1, 2018

Urbanism for eight-year-olds
Christopher Cheung, Vancouver Metro | February 1, 2018

How can we build ‘age-friendly’ cities?
Christopher Phillipson, City Metric | February 1, 2018

How to Design Cities for Children
Mimi Kirk, CityLab | February 1, 2018

Developers pay up to keep transit plans on track
Frank O’Brien , Peter Mitham,  Western Investor/Vancouver Courier | January 31, 2018

Speakers mostly agreeable to massive plan for Vancouver’s False Creek
Matt Robinson, Vancouver Sun | January 31, 2018

Chinatown and Hogan’s Alley advocates call for greater reconciliation in Vancouver’s Northeast False Creek Plan
Wanyee Li, Vancouver Metro | January 31, 2018

High Vancouver land prices test city’s office strata ceiling
Frank O’Brien, Business in Vancouver | January 31, 2018

Northeast False Creek plan threatens Vancouver’s mountain views: former city planners
Wanyee Li, Vancouver Metro | January 30, 2018

Oakridge Centre redevelopers say they’re building a mini-city
Naoibh O’Connor,  Vancouver Courier | January 30, 2018

Vancouver tenants find ‘strength in numbers’ to fight soaring costs, evictions in city’s hot housing market
Linda Givetash, CBC  News | January 30, 2018

Are We Worried Sick About the Rent?
Candace Butera, CityLab | January 30, 2018

Five things about Vancouver’s Empty Homes Tax and this Friday’s deadline
Stephanie Ip, Vancouver Sun | January 29, 2018

Art Phillips Park: a small space in a pivotal location
Jada Stevens, Vancouver Public Space Network | January 29, 2018

Fun Parking Facts
Todd Litman, Planetizen | January 29, 2018

Making Space for Culture: How Cities Can Preserve Their Valued (and Valuable) Cultural Assets
Rebecca Greenwald and Yvonne Lo, Next City | January 29, 2018

Metro Cities: Happiness by design — how cities can make us less lonely
Tristan Cleveland, Canada Metro | January 29, 2018

Opinion: Time to make a decision on Mayors’ Council transportation plan is now
Peter Ladner, Vancouver Sun | January 28, 2018

East Van’s iconic Rio Theatre ‘in danger of being developed’: owner
David P. Ball, Vancouver Metro | January 28, 2018

West Coast expressed: How specific are Pacific governments on road pricing
Jennifer Saltman, Vancouver Sun | January 27, 2018

Vancouver is ‘car-sharing capital of North America,’ report says
Liam Britten, CBC News | January 26, 2018