July 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.


July 28, 2017

Making connections: 10 Vancouver families are working on plans for an ‘urban village’ project
Frances Bula, The Globe and Mail | July 28, 2017

The slow death of urban parking
Don Pittis, CBC News | July 28, 2017

Opinion: It’s time for a rethink on taxing housing wealth
Eric Swanson, Vancouver Sun | July 28, 2017

New Canadian banking rules called ‘game changer’ for real estate tax evasion
Sam Cooper, Vancouver Sun | July 27, 2017

City council approves 57-storey tower in Vancouver’s West End
Stephanie Ip, The Province | July 26, 2017

City of Vancouver interim measure restricts size of new homes in Shaughnessy
Carlito Pablo, The Georgia Straight | July 26, 2017

Rents on fire: Vancouver follows San Francisco’s lead to curb rental crisis
Yvette Brend, CBC News | July 26, 2017

Comment: We cause unaffordable housing, not foreigners
Todd Litman, Times Colonist, July 26, 2017

Five things about Vancouver’s new housing plan
Jen St. Denis, Vancouver Metro | July 25, 2017

How Vancouver’s Housing Crisis Is Harming Employers
Christopher Cheung, The Tyee | July 25, 2017

Stand up for public space – Luisa Bravo (video)
UN Habitat | July 25, 2017

Feds take developers to court over presale flippers
Darryl Greer, Business in Vancouver | July 24, 2017

How Cities Can Save Small Shops
Karen Loew, CityLab, July 24, 2017

Vancouver maps out plan to help the city’s renters
Frances Bula, The Globe and Mail | July 23, 2017

Vancouver pilot program seeks to boost supply of affordable rental housing
Denise Ryan, Vancouver Sun | July 23, 2017

When the (Empty) Apartment Next Door Is Owned by an Oligarch
Emily Badger, New York Times, July 21, 2017

How Does Public Engagement Need to Evolve
Matt Leighninger, Public Agenda | July 20, 2017

Minister of Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Mandate Letter (pdf)
Province of British Columbia |July 18, 2017

Canada’s cities confront climate change
Malcolm Araos, James Ford and Stephanie Austin, GreenBiz |July 17, 2017


July 21, 2017

False Creek clean-up: How will it work?
John O’Dowd, CKNW | July 21, 2017

Mayor Robertson pitches backyard-home policy to increase low-cost housing
Frances Bula, Globe and Mail, July 20, 2017

Vancouver looks at new housing options in single-family neighbourhoods
Dan Fumano, Vancouver Sun | July 20, 2017

CRA tax shift collides with municipal rental incentives
Frank O’Brein, Business in Vancouver | July 20, 2017

Developers asked to pay 25 per cent more to build in Vancouver
Jen St. Denis, Vancouver Metro | July 19, 2017

Vancouver’s Transformation: from Phoenix to Montreal in under 60!
Nathan Lauster, Home: Free Sociology | July 19, 2017

Greenery, Colour in Public Spaces Support Wellbeing and Trust
Jillian Glover, This City Life | July 19, 2017

Op-Ed A better way to solve the housing crisis — tax land, not development
Michael Manville, Paavo Monkkonen, Michael Lens, LA Times | July 19, 2017

Urban planning — linchpin for sustainable urban development?
Gregory Scruggs, Citiscope | July 19, 2017

Readings To Challenge Your Urbanism
Michael Lanthier, The Urbanist | July 19, 2017

New housing minister Selina Robinson to tackle B.C.’s runaway home prices
Sam Cooper, Vancouver sun | July 18, 2017

Chinatown project: It ain’t over, till it’s over
Mike Howell, Vancouver Courier | July 18, 2017

New $1 tax per family proposed to fund public housing projects in Metro Vancouver
Carlito Pablo, The Georgia Straight | July 17, 2017

Chinatown groups demand a pause on market developments until half the neighbourhood is social housing
Travis Lupick, The Georgia Straight | July 17, 2017

Bing Thom Architects exhibition opens at the AIBC Architecture Centre
Elsa Lam, Canadian Architect | July 17, 2017

Here’s a Super Helpful Guide to Equitable City Growth
Oscar Perry Abello, Next City | July 17, 2017

[Vancouver] A portrait of a dense city
Frances Bula, The Globe and Mail, July 16, 2017

Taxing empty homes: a step towards affordable housing, but much more can be doneHal Pawson, The Conversation (Australia) | July 16, 2017


July 14, 2017

Vancouver residents fight city plan to bulldoze houses for park space
Kerry Gold, The Globe and Mail | July 14, 2017

Vancouver Needs More Playful Public Spaces
Jillian Glover, This City Life | July 14, 2017

Why Canada Needs a Public Architecture Policy
Helena Grdadolnik, Canadian Architect | July 14, 2017

Controversial 105 Keefer Chinatown development re-submitted to councilStephanie Ip, The Province | July 13, 2017

City of Vancouver expects new plaza to open in late September
Renee Bernard, News 1130 | July 13, 2017

Public to get a say on Vancouver regulations for short-term home rentals this fall
Travis Lupick, The Georgia Straight | July 13, 2017

Opinion: Lack of funding for public art no laughing matter
Miriam Blume, The Vancouver sun | July 13, 2017

Vancouver Fix? Peg Its Minimum Wage to Housing Costs
David Beers & Patrick Condon, The Tyee | July 12, 2017

The slow lane: Dutch app allows elderly to ‘hack’ traffic lights
Gordon Darroch, The Guardian | July 12, 2017

City of Vancouver faces complex negotiations on 717 expiring strata leases in False Creek South
Carlito Pablo, The Georgia Straight | July 11, 2017

Smelly East Vancouver processing plant to reduce odours by 2018
CBC News | July 11, 2017

Housing: The view from Seattle
BC Business | July 11, 2017

What actually is a good city?
The Conversation | July 11, 2017

What Inclusive Urban Development Can Look Like
Richard Florida & Jodie W. McLean, Harvard Business Review | July 11, 2017

Book Review: Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change
Laura Kozack, Spacing Vancouver | July 11, 2017

A new way to verify the real impacts of climate action in cities
Carey L. Biron, Citiscope | July 11, 2017

Vancouver’s supply of detached houses dropped 14.5 per cent over past decade
Brent Jang, The Globe and Mail | July 10, 2017

Wheelchair, scooter users to get better access to Vancouver beach
Jessica Kerr, Vancouver Courier | July 10, 2017

Arbutus Greenway proving popular
Naoibh O’Connor, Vancouver Courier | July 10, 207


July 7, 2017

Cartographically Speaking: Vancouver vs. Historical Cities
Erick Villagomez, Spacing Vancouver |July 10, 2017

Myth-busting needed in Vancouver’s new condominium market
Michael Ferreira, Business in Vancouver |July 7, 2017

Urban design in the time of climate change: making a friend of floods
Jennifer Roberts, The Globe and Mail | July 7, 2017

Metro Vancouver plans to raise rates to pay for sewage projects
Jenifer Saltman, Vancouver Sun | July 6, 2017

Vancouver to consider whether lowered speed limit ‘makes sense’
CTV Vancouver | July 6, 2017

Fastest Way to More Rental Housing? Tax Changes
Tex Enemark, The Tyee | July 6, 2017

Renters group seeks abundance of housing options in Vancouver
Jessica Kerr, Vancouver Courier | July 6, 2017

A Tale of Two Markets puts preservation efforts for Chinatown and Punjabi Market into conversation
Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Georgia Straight | July 6, 2017

Negotiating Neighbourhoods with Tom Davidoff (Podcast) 
Vancouver Real Estate Podcast | July 5, 2017

Vancouver mayor plans to license and tax Airbnb rentals
Scott Brown, Vancouver Sun | July 5, 2017

Vancouver proposes strict new Airbnb regulations
Josh Dehaas, CTV News | July 5, 2017

Stop Blaming Foreign Home Buyers
Dan Bertolet, Sightline | July 5, 2017

Vancouver’s unoccupied home rate is high, but not unusual
Peter Mitham, Business in Vancouver | July 4, 2017

City seeks input for downtown’s public spaces
Jessica Kerr, Vancouver Courier | July 3, 2017

Opinion: Urban planning lessons from Grenfell Tower disaster
Lance Berelowitz, Vancouver Sun | July 3, 2017

Canada 150 won’t leave much of a ‘concrete’ legacy, architects say
Liam Britten, CBC News | July 3, 2017

Leaving Vancouver: An outspoken renter advocate is moving away
Jen St Denis, Vancouver Metro | June 30, 2017

Is Vancouver Ready for the High Line Effect?
Megan Stewart | June 29, 2017

Opinion: It’s Time To Update How We Plan Our City
Brent Sawchyn, Vancouver Magazine | June 28, 2017