October 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.


October 27, 2017

B.C. moves to stop landlords from using lease loophole to increase rents
Mike Hager, The Globe and Mail, October 27, 2017

Make Vancouver affordable: Renters, hotels add voice to Airbnb debate
Martha Perkins, Westender (via Vancouver Courier) | October 27, 2017

Inner cities are the best places to raise children by a country mile
Tim Lott, The Guardian | October 27, 2017

Vancouver development community shocked by ‘new normal’ in real estate prices
Michael Geller, Vancouver Courier | October 26, 2017

Marpole site chosen for Vancouver’s second modular housingJen St. Denis Vancouver Metro | October 26, 2017

How Vancouver Specials make Vancouver special
Christopher Cheung, Vancouver Metro | October 26, 2017

How Metropolitan Vancouver Is Reorganizing Suburban Growth Around Transit
Jim Chappell, UrbDezine San Francisco | October 26, 2017

SF City Administrator Naomi Kelly’s Vision of a Resilient San Francisco
Naomi Kelley, The Planning Report | October 26, 2017

Renter numbers grow in Metro Vancouver — but many are struggling
Jen St. Denis, Vancouver Metro | October 25, 2017

Vancouver park board report sees good in dogs on transit
Patrick Johnston, Vancouver Sun | October 25, 2017

This City Found a Way to Get Everyone Involved in Urban Planning
Ellen Shepard, Yes! Magazine | Oct 25, 2017

Andrea Reimer: I will not be seeking reelection in 2018
The Georgia Straight, October 25, 2017

Independent commission to study how to tax Metro Vancouver roads with mobility pricing
Jonathon Brown, October 24, 2017

Emily Carr painting offers rare view of the old Kitsilano Indian Reserve
John Mackie, Vancouver Sun | October 24, 2017

12 big cities sign ‘fossil-fuel-free streets’ declaration
Thomson Reuters, CBC News |  October 23, 2017

A ‘daunting journey’: Land trust launches new Van City affordable housing
David P Ball, Vancouver Metro | October 22, 2017

City of Vancouver outlines viaduct demolition plan
Stephanie Froese and Elizabeth Coulter, News 1130 | October 22, 2017

Vancouver’s historic Burrard Bridge reopens
Rattan Mall | Indo-Canadian Voice | October 21, 2107

Once So Chic and Swooshy, Freeways Are Falling Out of Favor
Stephen Kurutz, New York Times, October 21, 2017


October 20, 2017

Designing a More Inclusive City
Allison Arieff, New York times | October 20, 2017

Put an Indigenous face on urban design, group urges
Allan Woods, Toronto Star | October 20, 2017

TransLink to start consulting public on distance-based fare options
Justin McElroy, CBC News | October 19, 2017

The 5 ‘Cs’ of community planning
Howard Blackson, CNU Public Square | October 19, 2017

TransLink to start consulting public on distance-based fare options
Justin McElroy, CBC News | October 19, 2017

Vancouver starts work on new Creative City Strategy to boost culture and the arts
Carlito Pablo, The Georgia Straight | October 18, 2017

Taxi demand in the spotlight in Vancouver as ride-hailing delays mount
Liza Yuzda and Simon Little, CKNW | October 18, 2017

B.C. municipalities scurry to have say on marijuana legalization
Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Globe and Mail | October 18, 2017

Out-of-town investors inflate real-estate prices and rent, study finds
Frances Bula, The Globe and Mail | October 17, 2017

TransLink ridership continues to grow, says CEO
Jennifer Saltman, Vancouver Sun | October 17, 2017

Mayor’s motion on condo presales passes but may not impact Vancouver’s affordability
Justin McElroy, CBC News | October 17, 2017

Vancouver Chinatown advisory committee rejects new development application for 105 Keefer Street
Carlito Pablo, The Georgia Straight | October 17, 2017

Opinion: Tax land value, close loopholes to solve affordability crisis
Paul Finch, Jared Melvin, Harpinder Sandhu, Vancouver Sun | October 17, 2017

Underground Spaces Already Prepped For Broadway Subway Stations
Christopher Cheung , The Tyee | October 16, 2017

Vancouver hires former San Fran planner to reduce seismic risk of private buildings
Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun | October 16, 2017

Oakridge Centre redevelopment redesigned with flagship ambitions
Kenneth Chan, Daily Hive | October 16, 2017

Chicago Firm Calls for Creating Office of the Public Architect
Josh Cohen, Next City |October 16, 2027

Vancouver by-election gives likely sign of things to come in city politics
Frances Bula, The Globe and Mail | October 15, 2017


 October 13, 2017

Vancouver’s middle-aged exodus raises concerns about city’s economic future
Kerry Gold, The Globe and Mail | October 13, 2017

Fraser Valley homeless population grows faster than Vancouver’s
Justin McElroy, CBC News | October 13, 2017

Going public: A look at how other cities use outdoor space
The Globe and Mail | October 13, 2017

Homelessness costs Canadians big money without addressing the causes
Jino Distasio, Ottawa Life | October 13, 2017

Disappearing Main Street: Photos highlight gentrification in uber-hip neighbourhood
Christopher Cheung, Vancouver Metro October 13, 2017

Vancouver official says city’s presale condo plan addresses lack of public trust
Frances Bula and Ian Bailey, The Globe and Mail | October 12, 2017

How Cities Can Nurture an Industrial Renaissance
Rod Stevens, GOVERNING | October 12, 2017

The Real Work Begins After the Disaster Has Come and Gone
Crawford Kilian, The Tyee | October 11, 2017

Building passive towers a tall order for developer
Frank O’Brien, Business in Vancouver | October 11, 2017

Pre-sale home flipping in Vancouver isn’t a problem: expert
Kerrisa Wilson, BuzzBuzz News | October 11, 2017

Vancouver Park Board votes unanimously to work with First Nations to rename Siwash Rock
CBC News | October 11, 2017

Is increasing supply worsening Metro Vancouver housing affordability?
Frank O’Brien, Business in Vancouver | October 11, 2017

West End luxury condo tower could mean loss of 130 affordable units
Joanne Lee-Young, Vancouver Sun | October 11, 2017

‘Paying to stay safe’: why women don’t walk as much as men
Talia Shadwell, The Guardian | October 11, 2017

Farewell to the fairy palace: are Chinatowns obsolete?  (features Vancouver)
Madaeleine Thien, The Guardian | October 10, 2017

Two Words Are Missing From the Economic Development Conversation
Lena Afridi, Next City | October 10, 2017

The Language of Place: Indigenous Naming and Re-naming
VPSN | October 9, 2017

‘Who owns this city?’: why debates around Vancouver place names are divisive
Justin McElroy, CBC News | October 8, 2017


October 6, 2017

Vancouver looking into new policy to market pre-sale homes to locals first
Amy Judd, Global News | October 6, 2017

Video: “Resilience” Nest Community Mural 2017
Jacobs Well, October 6, 2017

City of Vancouver outlines housing efforts following release of worst homeless numbers on record
Travis Lupick, The Georgia Straight | October 5, 2017

How We Can Achieve Reconciliation Beyond Simple Rhetoric
Emilee Gilpin, The Tyee | October 5, 2017

City of Vancouver outlines housing efforts following release of worst homeless numbers on record
Travis Lupick, The Georgia Straight | October 5, 2017

B.C. experiments with ‘Lego block’ housing in fight against homelessness
Geordon Omand, National Post | October 5, 2017

Opinion: We must address housing issues to attract Amazon
Anne McMullin, Vancouver Sun | October 5, 2017

How ‘Condo King’ Bob Rennie Became the Most Controversial Man in Canada’s Art World
Kate Brown, artnet, October 5, 2017

City of Vancouver homeless count surpasses 2,000 for first time and 39 percent are Indigenous
Travis Lupick, The Georgia Straight | October 4, 2017

Province OKs rent-to-own program that helps ‘avoid’ foreign buyers’ tax
Bethany Lindsay, CBC News |  October 4, 2017

Rental stock fundamental to Metro’s affordable-housing supply
Peter Mitham, Business in Vancouver | October 4, 2017

Different treatment for East Van vs. westside in zoning changes
Peter Meiszner, UrbanYVR, October 4, 2017

Remembering Bing Thom
Bing Thom Architects, October 4, 2017

Making the leap from disaster relief to resilience
Shalini Vajjhala, Brookings | October 4, 2017

Universities are helping to shape city development
Diane Peters, University Affairs | October 4, 2017

Vancouver passes rezoning for False Creek Flats plan
Justin McElroy, CBC News | October 3, 2017

Vancouver council votes for more density in Grandview Woodlands and Mount Pleasant
Vancouver Metro | October 3, 2017

Vancouver looks to more ambitious affordability proposals
Marc Lee, CCPA Policy Note | October 3, 2017

Vancouver Police issued nearly 2K distracted driving tickets in 1 month
CBC News | October 3, 2017

Native Canadians Are Thriving … in the Suburbs
Natalie Obiko Pearson, Bloomberg Businessweek | October 3, 2017

Trying to Fix a Bad Land-Use Plan With a Bad Transit Plan
Tricia Wood, Torontoist | October 3, 2017

Driverless vehicles could bring out the best – or worst – in our cities by transforming land use
Tan Yigitcanlar, Graham Currie & Md. Kamruzzaman, The Conversation AU | October 3, 2017

Vancouver on track to build world’s tallest passive-house buildings
Cathy Kearney, CBC News | October 2, 2017

B.C. Supreme Court rejects condo-building sale attempt
Glen Korstrom, Business in Vancouver | October 2, 2017

Seeing Vancouver trees for the forest
Chad Pawson, CBC News Posted: October 1, 2017

City on edge: 100 years of riots and activism in Vancouver
Jon Hernandez, CBC News | October 1, 2017