December 2017

A weekly roundup of news stories and articles that may be of interest to the Vancouver city planning community. This list is updated every Friday afternoon.


December 22 & 29, 2017

Top 20 Vancouver news stories of 2017
Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight | December 25, 2017

Going places in Metro Vancouver
Peter Mitham, Business in Vancouver | December 19, 2017

Sandra Singh named Vancouver general manager of arts, culture, and community services
Travis Lupick, The Georgia Straight |  December 18, 2017

Study: Millennials, The City And The Housing Crisis
Leena ElDeeb, Progrss | December 16, 2017


December 15, 2017

Have Vancouver’s policies hindered rental housing more than helped?
Frances Bula, The Globe and Mail | December 15, 2017

Taxed to death: How Vancouver’s small business are falling victim to soaring property tax
Jan Zeschky, Westender (via Vancouver Courier)| December 14, 2017

How One City Approaches Its Amazon Bid Through an Equity Lens
Tanvi Misra, City Lab | December 14, 2017

Vancouver City Council approves $18-million plan to demolish Granville Loops
Kenneth Chan, Daily hive/Urbanizewd | December 13, 2017

Vancuver’s recent tax increases respond to housing, opioid crises says finance boss
Dan Fumano, Vancouver Sun | December 13, 2017

Development company appeals rejection of condo in Vancouver’s Chinatown
Frances Bula, The Globe and Mail | December 13, 2017

Fixingan Unaffordable City
Braden Klassen, The Runner (Kwantlen Polytechnic University)| December 13, 2017

It’s time to rethink Canada’s housing system
Jennifer Keesmaat, Maclean’s | December 13, 2017

Vancouver council approves 4.24 per cent property tax hike
Mike Howell, Vancouver Courier | December 12, 2017

City of Vancouver presents options for new arterial through False Creek Flats
Peter Meiszner, UrbanYVR | December 12, 2017

Former Vancouver planning director questions why Keefer Steps aren’t publicly maintained
Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight | December 12th, 2017

How kid-friendly urban design makes cities better for all
Patrick Sisson, Curbed | December 12, 2017

Vacouver councillor wants to rezone West Point Grey for rental apartments
Matt Meuse, CBC News } December 11, 2017

Can Canada think big on housing again?
Shawn Micallef, Toronto Star | December 11, 2017

What would an earthquake-proof city look like?
Chrissie Giles, The Guardian Cities | December 11, 2017

Vancouver searches for ways to preserve ‘legacy’ businesses in Chinatown, other areas
Frances Bula, The Globe and Mail | December 10, 2017

City looks to build park on roof of new Oakridge Centre redevelopment
Jon Azpiri,  Global News | December 9, 2017

December 8, 2017

Opinion: Homelessness: We all pay
Gordon Harris, Vancouver Sun | December 8, 2017

Five Trends Influencing the Future of Our Cities
Amy Kolczak, National Geographic | December 8, 2017

TransLink hoping to charge developers at least $1,200 per unit to pay for transit plan
Estefania Duran and Kyle Benning, Global News/CKNW | December 7, 2017

Bute-Robson trial plaza in West End to become permanent
Angus Beaty, UrbanYVR December 7, 2017

An avalanche of money: An expert on how income disparities are reshaping Canada’s metropolitan areas zeroes in on Vancouver
Kerry Gold, The Globe and Mail | December 7, 2017

2017 Newsmaker of the Year: Fentanyl
Mike Howell, Vancouver Courier | December 7, 2017

Nine-acre park planned for Oakridge mall redevelopment
Jessica Kerr, Vancouver Courier | December 6, 2017

Experts say tax system ‘incentivizes free-riding,’ while Vancouver considers change
Dan Fumano, Vancouver Sun | December 6, 2017

How Vancouver’s industrial land crunch is pushing businesses out of town
Kerry Gold, Business in Vancouver | December 6, 2017

New giant electronic video screens approved for corner of Granville and Robson
Kenneth Chan, Daily Hive | December 6, 2017

Parking space disappearing in new downtown Vancouver office developments
Evan Duggan, The Province | December 5, 2017

‘I am not afraid’: Marpole residents rally to welcome housing for homeless
Jen St. Denis, Vancouver Metro | December 5, 2017

“Resiliency” Has Lost Its Meaning: Why We Need a More Radical Approach
Mimi Zeiger, Metropolis | December 5, 2017

2 Vancouver pools saved after passionate fight
CBC News | December 4, 2017

City planners to review separate entrances for social housing units
Jen St. Denis, Vancouver Metro | December 4, 2017

Big Decisions
Ken Ohrn, Price Tags | December 4, 2017

Canada looks to Amsterdam for a little night magic
Paul Attfield, The Globe and Mail | December 4, 2017

We Need to Design Less Stressful Cities
Becky Ferreira, Motherboard | December 4, 2017

How nixing a downtown freeway 50 years ago made Vancouver one of the world’s most liveable cities
Maryse Zeidler, CBC News | December 3, 2017

Vancouver mulling streetcar network despite problems in some other cities
Frances Bula, The Globe and Mail | December 3, 2017

City and B.C. Housing to host open houses before creating modular housing on Powell, Franklin, and Kaslo streets
Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight | December 3, 2017


December 1, 2017

City identifies another site for homeless housing in Vancouver
Mike Howell, Vancouver Courier | December 1, 2017

City holds consults on contentious Cambie Bridge bike lane
Megan Devlin, CTV Vancouver | December 1, 2017

Ho Canada’s opioid crisis is turning business owners into advocates
Mark Rendell, The Globe and Mail | December 1, 2017

Hogan’s Alley: Displaced and Erased, Replaced and Refaced
Lexi Mellish Mingo, Discorder Magazine (CiTR) | November 2017

Vancouver developers fear ‘alarming’ land prices hinder profit
Frank O’Brien, Western Investor/Vancouver Courier | November 30, 2017

The push for rental-only zoning in Vancouver
Kerry Gold, The Globe and Mail | November 30, 2017

Vancouver’s “Radical” Housing Plan Makes Waves
Will Doig, Next City | November 30, 2017

Will Vancouver’s ambitious new housing strategy make the city healthier and happier?
Charles Montgomery, Happy City | November 30, 2017

Overbuilding vs. Undercounting
Nathan Lauster, Home: Free Sociology | November 30, 2017

Vancouver council approves ‘bold, ambitious’ 10-year housing strategy
Dan Fumano and  Nick Eagland, Vancouver Sun | November 29, 2017

2016 Census: Transit use increases among Metro Vancouver commuters
Jennifer Saltman, Vancouver Sun | November 29, 2017

Survey finds hope for Vancouver’s lonely souls
Martha Perkins, Vancouver Courier | November 29, 2017

Future of Vancouver’s golf courses up for review in 25-year parks plan
CBC News | November 29, 2017

Like failed promise to end homelessness, Vancouver will not meet Greenest City 2020 target
Carlito Pablo, The Georgia Straight | November 29, 2017

Rising apartment rents leaving a growing gap between Vancouver tenants
Travis Lupick, The Georgia Straight | November 29, 2017

Notes on the “Myth” of housing supply
Nathan Lauster, Home: Free Sociology | November 29, 2017

First car-sharing, now cart-sharing: Homeless advocates push for shopping cart rentals for binners
Jon Azpiri and Nadia Stewart, Global News | November 29, 2017

West End laneways to be named after prominent locals
CBC News | November 29, 2017

‘Not enough focus on the demand side’: Supply alone won’t fix Vancouver housing crisis, says chief planner
Dan Fumano, Vancouver Sun | November 28, 2017

Marpole housing complex for homeless to open in February
Mike Howell, Vancouver Courier | November 28, 2017

Opinion: Overcoming the cost of regulatory paralysis
Gordon Harris, Vancouver Sun | November 28, 2017

Univesities as real-estate developers
Frances Bula, University Affairs | November 28, 2017

Sattle’s Democracy Vouchers Are Changing the Campaign Trail for Candidates and City Residents
Margaret Morales, Sightline | November 28, 2017

The battle for greenest city: mayor says Vancouver getting close
CBC News | November 27, 2017

Rental-only zoning could lower soaring land values
Jen St. Denis, Vancouver Metro November 26, 2018