August 2018

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.


August 30, 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

Autonomous Vehicles: Planners Aren’t Planning, Just Reacting

wiscav.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 | 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

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

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


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