April 2019

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.


April 25, 2019

City of Vancouver to consider six ‘big moves’ in response to climate emergency

Vancouver Sun | Susan Lazuruk | 2019-04-19 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, resilience, climate change

Ideas | We’re redesigning our streetscape — but what if we’re getting it all wrong?

BostonGlobe.com | Anthony Flint | 2019-04-22 | Tagged: urban design, infrastructure, transportation

Community Engagement’s Vital Role in Building Resilience

www.governing.com | Elizabeth K. Kellar | 2019-04-22 | Tagged: Engagement for Real, resilience

Why Vancouver still doesn’t have a ‘scramble’ intersection for pedestrians | CBC News

www.cbc.ca | Rafferty Baker | 2019-04-22 | Tagged: active transportation, infrastructure, urban design

Denver has a new plan for the year 2040. Here’s how the vote happened.

The Denver Post | Andrew Kenney | 2019-04-23 | Tagged: city planning, city-wide plan, urban design

Vancouverites set new record in walking, biking and transit use

Vancouver Courier | Mike Howell | 2019-04-23 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, active transportation, transit

Vancouverism — Good Urban Planning, or Platitudes? | The Tyee

The Tyee | Christopher Cheung | 2019-04-23 | Tagged: book, city planning

Vancouver’s new frontier—integrating climate action and affordability

Georgia Straight | Alex Boston | 2019-04-23 | Tagged: climate change, land use

Why Climate Action Plans are not Good Enough to Deliver a Low-Carbon Future in Cities

www.ipsnews.net | Karishma Asarpota | 2019-04-23 | Tagged: climate change, land use, infrastructure

Chuck Brook: How increased density, robust transit and bold innovation can rebuild lost community

Vancouver Sun | Chuck Brook | 2019-04-24 | Tagged: community, transit, density

Proposed “Big Moves” on climate could transform Vancouver in ways residents might not have imagined

Georgia Straight Vancouver’s News & Entertainment Weekly | Charlie Smith | 2019-04-24 | Tagged: climate change, resilience, City of Vancouver

Taxing local Vancouver businesses to death bad for environment, Leonard Schein tells city council

Georgia Straight Vancouver’s News & Entertainment Weekly | Carlito Pablo | 2019-04-24 | Tagged: small business, retail, Communities and Corridors, sustainability

Georgian Towers, once the talk of the town, now just another building likely to come down

Vancouver Courier | Naoibh O’Connor | 2019-04-24 | Tagged: history, architecture, development

City of Vancouver approves partial rezoning freeze for future subway corridor

Global News | Simon Little | 2019-04-24 | Tagged: Broadway Corridor, development, urban planning

Vancouver developing strategy to manage earthquake and climate risks

Vancouver Sun | Dan Fumano | 2019-04-24 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, resilience

Block gas-powered cars from parts of Vancouver, city planners and engineers recommend

The Globe and Mail | Frances Bula | 2019-04-24 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, climate change

Vancouver Unveils North America’s Boldest Climate Action Plan

Streetsblog USA | Angie Schmitt | 2019-04-25 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, resilience, climate change


April 18, 2018

Open Letter to Vancouver City Council 
Canadian Architect | Chris Knight And Gair Williamson | 2019-04-05 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, architecture, housing, density, development
Liveable cities rankings: how a global enterprise is influencing urban change 
The Conversation | Jenny McArthur, Tim Moonen | 2019-04-11 | Tagged: cities, livability
‘Inspire Jericho’ talks launch with Charles Montgomery of Happy City 
Vancouver Courier | Naoibh O’Connor | 2019-04-12 | Tagged: housing, livability, A City for All, urban design, community
Should we tear down the Vancouver seawall? | CBC News 
www.cbc.ca | Uytae Lee | 2019-04-14 | Tagged: infrastructure, resilience, active transportation
3 Reasons Cities Are Rising in Influence and Power on the Global Stage 
CityLab | Chrystie Flournoy Swiney, Sheila Foster | 2019-04-15 | Tagged: cities
Squamish plan for massive development by Burrard Bridge gets a surprisingly warm welcome 
Frances Bula | 2019-04-15 | Tagged: real estate, Indigenous, industrial lands, reconciliation
How global cities are going green 
Curbed | Patrick Sisson | 2019-04-16 | Tagged: sustainability, transportation, development
Inclusive Urbanism Reading List 
Medium | Daniella Fergusson | 2019-04-17 | Tagged: A City for All, diversity
Public consultation launched for Granville Bridge’s new bike and walking path 
Daily Hive | Kenneth Chan | 2019-04-17 | Tagged: infrastructure, active transportation, urban design
Partial rezoning freeze for Kits and West Point Grey heads to Vancouver council
Global News | Simon Little | 2019-04-18 | Tagged: Broadway Corridor, zoning, real estate

April 11, 2019

Why cities need to fight for their nights
Resonance Consultancy | Chris Fair | Tagged: arts and culture, A City for All, livability
The ‘baked-in biases’ of the public square: Calls grow to redesign cities with women in mind
The Globe and Mail | Oliver Moore | 2019-03-29 | Tagged: public space, urban design, A City for All
Cherry trees safe for now as Vancouver watches effect of climate change on urban forest
www.cbc.ca | Chad Pawson | 2019-03-31 | Tagged: resilience
Vancouver misses targets for rental housing, townhouses
Vancouver Courier | Mike Howell | 2019-04-03 | Tagged: City of Vancouver, housing
Metro Vancouver staff raise prospect of TOAH funds boosting affordable housing near transit stations
Georgia Straight | Carlito Pablo | 2019-04-03 | Tagged: Metro Vancouver, housing
‘Very unusual’: Roofs of Gastown parkades to get makeover as child-care centre
Vancouver Sun | Dan Fumano | 2019-04-04 | Tagged: children, Gastown, urban design
What’s up for Metro Vancouver in year 2050: Regional planners present four scenarios
Georgia Straight Vancouver | Carlito Pablo | 2019-04-04 | Tagged: region, TransLink, transportation, Metro Vancouver
The upside down: inside Manhattan’s Lowline subterranean park
The Guardian | Jake Nevins | 2019-04-06 | Tagged: public space
Community panel picks route for new road through Vancouver’s False Creek Flats
www.cbc.ca | Chad Pawson | 2019-04-07 | Tagged: Engagement for Real, urban design, transportation, infrastructure
The Mental Health Crisis — a Global Problem with Local Solutions
Municipal Information Network | Nicole Regan | 2019-04-08 | Tagged: urban design, intersectionality, public health, social inclusion
3,000-unit development could be built on Squamish land near Burrard Bridge
Vancouver Courier | Naoibh O’Connor | 2019-04-10 | Tagged: city planning, Indigenous, Squamish, housing
‘Interim period of chaos’ stalling development
Business in Vancouver | Hayley Woodin | 2019-04-10 | Tagged: real estate, politics, region, development
1 year in, just 1 city has used B.C.’s rental-only zoning tool
www.cbc.ca | Justin McElroy | 2019-04-10 | Tagged: housing, zoning, region
B.C. introduces law to require cars, trucks sold by 2040 be zero emission
Vancouver Sun | @vancouversun | 2019-04-11 | Tagged: transportation, sustainability, infrastructure