January 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.


January 31, 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


January 25, 2018

Vancouver vigilantes take housing matters into their own hands
Kerry Gold, The Globe and Mail | January 25, 2018

Why We Need to Reduce Noise Levels in Cities
Kayla Matthews, Planetizen | January 25, 2018

Vancouver reveals final plans for Northeast False Creek
Maryse Zeidler, CBC News | January 24, 2018

Metro Vancouver is neglecting its senior population, says SFU lecturer
Elise Burgert, The Peak | January 24, 2018

Robson Square not working as friendly public space: BIA
Martha Perkins, Vancouver Courier | January 23, 2018

Made-in-B.C. solution improves access to TransLink fare-gate system
Naoibh O’Connor, Vancouver Courier | January 23, 2018

When ‘Gentrification’ Isn’t About Housing
Willy Staley, The New York Times | January 23, 2018

Minneapolis Parks Thinking About Inclusion for People With Invisible Disabilities
Josh Cohen, Next City | January 23, 2018

Deaf Urbanism can help us build more inclusive and accessible cities
Sean Maiwald, Greater Greater Washington |  January 23, 2018

Vancouver housing affordability got bad fast, according to study
Matt Robinson, Vancouver Sun | January 22, 2018

Development in Vancouver ‘on wrong side of change’
Joannah Connolly / Vancouver Courier, January 22, 2018

‘No kids allowed’ strata bylaws a challenge for parents in need of housing
CTV Vancouver | January 22, 2018

Vancouver searches for ways to save Chinatown, including having it designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Anna Dimoff, BC News | January 20, 2018

Why most suburban Metro Vancouver politicians are mum on foreign ownership
Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun | January 20, 2018

Why driverless cars may mean jams tomorrow
The Economist| January 20, 2018

Half of British Columbians concerned about housing, poverty: poll
Tiffany Crawford, Vancouver Sun | January 19, 2018

Vancouver mayor’s legacy on homelessness: A good try, but a promise not fulfilled
Dan Fumano and Lori Culbert, Vancouver Sun | January 19, 2018

Union Gospel Mission expansion a ‘game changer’
Naoibh O’Connor / Vancouver Courier | January 19, 2018

‘Cohousing lite’ enters the Vancouver housing conversation
Naoibh O’Connor / Vancouver Courier | January 19, 2018


January 18, 2018

Vancouver approves new Women’s Equity Strategy
Megan Devlin, CTV News | January 18, 2018

Metro Vancouver’s developers brace for NDP policy, changes on municipal councils
Joanne Lee-Young, Vancouver Sun | January 18, 2018

Vancouver’s small businesses struggle amid tax, property crunch
John Kurucz, Vancouver Courier, January 18, 2018

Why the ‘Housing Crisis’ Is Really About GlobalizationWilliam E. Rees, The Tyee | January 18, 2018

Vancouver didn’t make the shortlist for Amazon’s second headquarters—but one Canadian city did
Craig Takeuchi, The Georgia Straight | January 18, 2018

Council moves toward making Vancouver a ‘fair, safe and inclusive city’ for women
Vancouver Courier | January 17, 2018

Cambie Bridge bike lane approved by Vancouver city council
Aaron Schulze Global News/CKNW | January 17, 2018

Ride-hailing and Autonomous Vehicles: Considerations for Vancouver
Karen Quinn Fung, Vancouver Public Space Network | January 17, 2018

Disaster Resilience Saves Six Times as Much as It Costs
Benjamin Schneider, CityLab | January 17, 2018

It’s ‘really problematic’ to blame foreigners for housing crisis, says UBC sociologist
Clare Hennig,  CBC News | January 16, 2018

Mobility pricing commission shortlists two schemes
Nelson Bennett, Business in Vancouver | January 16, 2018
RELATED: Phase 1 Project Update and Report, Mobility Pricing Independent Commission (pdf)

Robson Square not yet the celebrated heart of Vancouver it’s designed to be
Tina Lovgreen, CBC News | January 16, 2018

Opinion: Can more housing supply resolve the affordability crisis in Vancouver?
Thomas Davidoff, Joshua Gottlieb and Tsure Somerville, The Globe and Mail | January 14, 2018

Opinion: B.C.’s home owners grant serves no public policy purpose
Martin Shaffer, Vancouver Sun | January 14, 2018

Opinion: Improve planning, build more to resolve affordability issue
Anne McMullin, Vancouver Sun | January 12, 2018

Building the Compassionate City
Jenny Donovan, The Urbanist | January 12, 2018


January 11, 2018

If foreign home ownership is a $45-billion ‘tip of the iceberg,’ Vancouver expert hopes ‘we’re not on the Titanic
Dan Fumano, Vancouver Sun | January 10, 2018

Gregor Robertson Not Seeking Re-election for Vancouver Mayor
Katie Hyslop, The Tyee | January 10, 2018

Ride-hailing services need to play by same rules, says taxi firm
Alan Campbell, BIV/Richmond News | January 10, 2018

The high price of Vancouver’s working class romanticism
Christopher Cheung, Vancouver Courier | January 10, 2018

TransLink CEO expects ride hailing services will ‘enhance’ commuter options
Marchella Bernado amd Monika Gul, News1130 | January 10, 2018

City of Vancouver in middle of the pack when it comes to density
CBC News | January 9 2018

‘I’ve seen this fear before’: Chinatown activist says stigma of homelessness needs to be remedied
CBC News | January 9, 2018

Smart City Expert Says “Sustainable” Shouldn’t Be the Goal
Tom Dallessio, Next City | January 9, 2018

To build an inclusive smart city, look through an age-friendly lens
Katie Pyzyk, SmartCityDrive | January 9, 2018

Which are the best cities for children?
Simon Kuper, Financial Times | January 9, 2018

Opposition to social housing in B.C. reveals discrimination, say lawyers
Jen St. Denis, Vancouver Metro | January 7, 2018

Kids commuting to school: what’s driving the conversation?
Justin McElroy, CBC News | January 7, 2018

Vancouver sees increase in farms despite downturn in region
Jennifer Saltman, Vancouver Sun | January 7, 2018

A blueprint for change? The promises inside the new city, provincial and federal housing plans
Lori Culbert, Vancouver Sun | January 6, 2018

Vancouver group urges women to speak out at city council in January
Megan Devlin, CTV Vancouver | January 6, 2018

Lower Mainland public transit’s moment to shine clouded by parochial interests
Adrienne Taylor, The Globe and Mail | January 5, 2018

Time to Scrap the Home Owner Grant?
Andrew McLeod, The Tyee | January 5, 2018

Small businesses struggle to stay afloat in Vancouver amid rising rents
Clare Hennig, CBC News | January 5, 2018

What Canada’s entry at the next Venice Biennale really means
Alex Bozikovic, The Globe and Mail | January 5, 2018

How Cities Can Embrace Innovation Without Sacrificing Public Health and Safety
Jennifer Bradley, Next City | January 5, 2018


January 4, 2018

The Gordie Award 2017 For Work with the Biggest Planning Impact
Sandy James, Price Tags | January 4, 2018

‘A stupid waste of money’: B.C. homeowner grant under fire as government increases threshold
Wanyee Li. Vancouver Metro | January 3, 2018

How ‘Not in My Backyard’ Became ‘Not in My Neighborhood’
Emily Badger, The New York Times | January 3, 2018

Vancouver Real Estate: Planning, building affordable housing in 2018
Joanne Lee-Young, Vancouver Sun | January 2, 2018