July 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.


July 31, 2018

Vancouver demands developer combine play areas in condo and social housing building
Jen St. Denis,  StarMetro Vancouver| July 31, 2018

Let’s talk about the emotional abuse of planners
Lisa Schweitzer | July 31, 2018

Human nature? Why ecology is a critical part of city infrastructure
Tom Carver, GreenBiz | July 27, 2018

Four Ways to Build Inclusive, Healthy Places for All
Sharon Roerty , Robert Wood Johnson Foundation | July 25, 2018


July 26, 2018

Green Building coalition pushes for performance-based building codes
Canadian Architect | July 26, 2018

Vancouver to develop green roof policy
Ainslie Cruickshank, StarMetro Vancouver | July 25, 2018

Vancouver needs to spend $1 billion to prepare for one metre rise in sea level
Mike Howell,  Vancouver Courier | July 25, 2018

Hollywood Theatre condo redevelopment gets green light
Joannah Connolly Vancouver Courier/Glacier Media Real Estate | July 25, 2018

Vancouver Park Board approves landmark audit into past actions and colonial roots
Clare Hennig, CBC News | July 24, 2018

Vancouver city council approves renaming policy to help streets reflect city’s history
Wanyee Li, StarMetro Vancouver | July 24, 2018

City of Vancouver approves 1st of 3 towers for northeast False Creek
Justin McElroy, CBC News | July 24, 2018

City Council approves BC Place Stadium tower height with rental housing requirement
Kenneth Chan, DailyHive/Urbanzied | July 24, 2018

Vancouver city council approves Jericho Lands planning policy
Vancouver Courier | July 24, 2018

Laneway homes can now be more easily built in Vancouver
Kenneth Chan, DailyHive/Urbanzied | July 24, 2018

How will Sydney bounce back from a disaster? Know your neighbour
Megan Gorrey, Sydney Morning Herald | July 24, 2018

Low-tech solutions to smart city challenges: Addressing social isolation in our cities
Future Cities Canada | July 23, 2018

 Fact-checking Vancouver’s Swamp Drainers
Jens von Bergmann and Nathan Lauster, Mountain Doodles | July 22, 2018

Vancouver park board approves four-year, $399-million capital plan
Nick Eagland, Vancouver Sun | July 20, 2018


July 19, 2018

Our changing views of the city: A new urban celebration
Meg Holden, The Conversation | July 18, 2018

Making Room: How is Low-density housing currently being used?
Jens von Bergmann, Mountain Doodles | July 17, 2018

The Kids are All Right… About Cities
Robin Mazumder | July 17, 2018

Vancouver looks to honour Indigenous culture in plan for downtown park
Frances Bula, The Globe and Mail | July 16, 2018

Why is it important to have gender-inclusive city planning?
ElsaMarie D’Silva, YourStory | July 14, 2018

City council approves Plaza of Nations development despite opposition from former director of planning
Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight |  July 13, 2018

Northeast Vancouver may be getting a little greenway love
Naoibh O’Connor,  Vancouver Courier | July 13, 2018

Project Spotlight: Keeping things cool in the DTES
CityStudio | July 13, 2018

Why TOD is an incomplete idea in Metro Vancouver
Darren Proulx, SlowStreets | July 13, 2018

Why New York City Is Reporting Its Sustainability Progress to the UN
Nicole Javorsky, CityLab |July 13, 2018


July 12, 2018

City council prioritizes greenway for Vancouver’s northeast
CBC News | July 12, 2018

Vancouver going beyond conserving buildings in Chinatown
Joanne Lee-Young, Vancouver Sun | July 11, 2018

Vancouver passes Arbutus Greenway parks plan, but residents worry about land speculation
Jen St. Denis, StarMetro Vancouver | July 11, 2018

Industrial space squeeze shifts companies, people out of Vancouver
Peter Mitham,  Business in Vancouver | July 11, 2018

Why Vancouver’s Chinatown Will Change
Gordon Price, Price Tags | July 11, 2018

How teardowns hurt housing affordability, and how to fix it: Vancouver researchers estimate a quarter of the city’s homes could be torn down by 2030
Patrick Sisson, Curbed | July 11, 2018

Chinatown heritage advocates look ahead after winning fight against highrise development
Wanyee Li, StarMetro Vancouver | July 11, 2018

Please Admit You Don’t Like Poor People So We Can Move On
Hanna Brooks Olsen, The Tyee | July 11, 2018

Université de Montréal study looks at concrete ideas about urban design
CharlieFidelman, Montreal Gazette | July 11, 2018

5 cities finalize strategies to address inequity and inequality
Katie Pyzyk, SmartCitiesDrive | July 11, 2018

Vancouver Chinatown: Council approves revisions reducing building size in historic area
Dan Fumano, Vancouver Sun July 10, 2018

Rooftop park approved for redevelopment of Vancouver’s Oakridge Centre
CBC News | July 10, 2018

Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson pushes to allow multiunit housing in low-density neighbourhoods
Frances Bula, The Globe and Mail | July 9, 2018

Vancouver, Can We Talk About Housing Without Getting So Angry?
Christopher Cheung, The Tyee |  July 9, 2018

Canada’s housing crisis reinforces violence against poor women
Alexandra Collins, The conversation | July 9, 2018

A Pedestrian Bill of Rights
David Levinson, Transportist | July 9, 2018

Parklets For People: Reconsidering the Parking Space as a Small Urban Park
Jada Natalie Stevens, Vancouver Public Space Network (VPSN) | July 8, 2018

Opinion: Turning part of Vancouver’s Langara Golf Course into parkland makes sense
Adrienne Tanner, The Globe and Mail | July 6, 2018

New Buildings Rise in Flood Zones
Stefanos Chen, New York Times | July 6, 2018


July 5, 2018

City of Vancouver moves to curb loss of hotel rooms due to residential development
Carlito Pablo, The Georgia Straight | July 5, 2018

‘The Lookout’ and ‘The Ridge’ could be the first developed sections of Arbutus greenway
Naoibh O’Connor, Vancouver Courier | July 5, 2018

Urban greenways can reduce neighborhood carbon emissions
University of British Columbia , ScienceDaily | July 5, 2018

One Woman’s Quest to Fight Gentrification by Asking Residents How
Brian Charles | July 5, 2018

Decision on Chinatown’s future deferred to next week
Joanne Lee-Young, Vancouver Sun | July 4, 2018

Vancouver mayor’s final council meeting could include his most far-reaching housing proposal
Justin McElroy,  CBC News | July 4, 2018

Architects Ask: Where Are the Spaces for Teen Girls?
Rachel Kaufman, Next city | July 3, 2018

Architecture: ‘People from social housing should build cities’
Karen Glaser, The Guardian | July 3, 2018

City wants major Northeast False Creek projects to provide decent sound protection for residents
Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight | July 2, 2018