March 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.

March 15, 2018

Vision Vancouver motion asks park board to consider turning Langara golf course into a park
Harrison Monney, Vancouver Sun | March 15, 2018

Vancouver homeless count to focus on Indigenous population
CBC News | March 14, 2018

All parking stalls at new Vancouver condos will need electric car charging capability
CBC News | March 14, 2018

Proposed Ray-Cam community centre renewal gets council approval
Jessica Kerr,  Vancouver Courier| March 14, 2018

Make Robson Street traffic free between Burrard and Granville, says planning expert
Natasha Frakes, CBC News | March 14, 2018

New B.C. tax on high-value homes goes largely unnoticed
Justine Hunter, The Globe and Mail | March 13, 2018

Developer pitches plan for 50,000 units of affordable housing in Toronto, Vancouver
David Ebner and Frances Bula, The Globe and Mail | March 13, 2018

Park board moving ahead with women’s safety policy
Jessica Kerr,  Vancouver Courier | March 13, 2018

This time, False Creek Flats is truly transforming
Frances Bula, The Globe and Mail | March 12, 2018

Transit not meeting demand, say residents of Vancouver’s new East Fraser Lands
Chad Pawson, CBC News | March 12, 2018

Five Key Takeaways from the 2018 World Urban Forum
Michael Mehaffy , Planetizen |March 11, 2018

Six False Creek affordable housing lots still empty after three decades
Lori Culbert, Vancouver Sun | March 9, 2018

Growing pains: Vancouver parents question school board’s ability to plan for growth
Maryse Zeidler, CBC News | March 9, 2018

High speed rail between Vancouver, Seattle and Portland inches closer to reality
Chad Pawson, CBC News | March 9, 2018

March 8, 2018

L.A. Bets That Equity Is the Path to Resilience
Benjamin Schneider, CityLab | March 8, 2018

Forget Grand Architecture. This Is What Well Designed Cities Actually Need
Debbie Young | Fortune | March 8, 2018

Federal budget boosts rental housing; transit funding idles
Peter Mitham, Business in Vancouver | March 7, 2018

Some Vancouverites Want Their Olympic Streetcar Back
Sandy Smith, Next City | March 7, 2018

West End and Shaughnessy have highest percentage of empty homes: city
Jen St. Denis, Vancouver Metro | March 7, 2018

Future of False Creek South leases in doubt
Carlito Pablo, The Georgia Straight |  March 7, 2018

Marpole ‘a food desert’ warn members of Vancouver neighbourhood
Melanie Green, Vancouver Metro | March 7, 2018

Lisbon preserves historical shops as contemporary influences take hold
Ishay Govener-Ypma, March 7, 2018

Handful of homeless Vancouverites turn down housing because of neighbourhood protests
Briar Stewart, CBC News | March 6, 2018

Vancouver trip-planning app goes head-to-head against Google Maps
Wanyee Li, Vancouver Metro | March 6, 2018

Consider Anthropology in Your Next Urban Design Project
Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman, Meeting of the Minds | March 6, 2018

California’s Love of Cars Is Fueling Its Housing Crisis
Virginia Postrel, Bloomberg View | March 6, 2018

Street Smarts: Common Sense and the Smart City
Robin Mazumder | March 6, 2018


Provincial and federal budgets promise affordable housing for Vancouver, at what cost?
Clare Hennig, CBC News | March 5, 2018

Want to build the city of the future? Here’s your chance
CBC News | March 5, 2018

Real estate industries made up fifth of Canada’s GDP in 2017
Joannah Connolly,  Vancouver Courier | March 5, 2018

Public art adds to a neighbourhood’s palette
Guy Dixon, The Globe and Mail | March 5, 2018

Report says housing for an aging population needs to be part of public debate
Kevin Griffin, The Province | March 5, 2018

‘Water is the new fire,’ says the Insurance Bureau of Canada
David Rider, The Toronto Star | March 5, 2018

The Future of Honolulu Depends on Its Parks
Timothy A. Schuler, Next City  | March 5, 2018

Citizen Engagement for the Long Haul
Myung J. Lee, Governing | March 5, 2018

Stay or leave: Vancouver’s artists face dwindling studio space, insecure housing
Clare Hennig, CBC News | March 3, 2018

Rain City: Vancouver puts new focus on rainwater management
CBC News | March 2, 2018

B.C. government, Metro Vancouver break ground on affordable-housing project
Scott Brown, Vancouver Sun | March 2, 2018

Vancouver housing sales slump as market braces for tax impact
Brent Jang, The Globe and Mail | March 2, 2018

Tale of two cities: one on road to somewhere and another on road to nowhere (Vancouver and Cape Town)
Lance Berelowitz, IOL | March 2, 2018

Critics set hair on fire over NDP’s modest attempts to cool housing market
Allen Garr,  Vancouver Courier | March 2, 2018

March 1, 2018

Tallest building demolition in Vancouver history to begin this month
Maryse Zeidler, CBC News | March 1, 2018

Condos may save the Hollywood Theatre in Kitsilano
Peter Meiszner, UrbanYVR | March 1, 2018

Four in five British Columbians support new real estate taxes
Joannah Connolly, Vancouver Courier | March 1, 2018

Mobility pricing: An idea whose time has come?
Marc Lee, Policy Note (CCPA) | March 1, 2018