September 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.


September 29, 2017

Siwash Rock needs its ‘derogatory’ name changed, park board commissioner says
Rhianna Schmunk, CBC News | September 29, 2017

Costs of raising children in Vancouver can be a scary math equation
Stephen Quinn, The Globe and mail | September 29, 2017

How to Program Social Equity into Planning Sustainable Communities
Howard Blackson III, San Diego UrbanDeZine | September 29, 2017

Building Inclusive cities: A framework and lessons for local leaders
Joseph Parilla, Brad McDearman, Ryan Donahue, and Rachel Barker, Brookings | September 28, 2017

Commercial Drive kids take up fight for crosswalk safety
Denise Ryan, Vancouver Sun | September 28, 2017

Female Perspectives on Design, and What We Lose Without It
Azure | September 26, 2017

Vancouver’s urban conundrum: Let’s design better cities
Ron Burnett, The Conversation | September 28, 2017

Vancouver outstrips rest of Canadian cities for highest percentage of low-income households
Joanne Lee-Young, Vancouver Sun | September 28, 2017

Poverty declines in Vancouver, shoots up in the suburbs
Jen St. Denis, Vancouver Metro | September 28, 2017

Impact Fees: An Urban Planning Zombie in Need of Slaying
Dan Bertolet, Sightline Institute | September 28, 2017

‘We stand to wipe out a whole era’: how the 1970s could vanish from Vancouver
Tyler Steim, The Guardian | September 27, 2017

Vancouver is Canada’s worst city to drive in, study claims
Kendra Mangione, CTV Vancouver | September 27, 2017

Too Many Bedrooms, Not Enough Housing?
Nathaniel Lauster, Home Free Sociology | September 27, 2017

Transportation equity: Why peak period road pricing is fair
Joe Cortright, City Observatory | September 27, 2017

Homeless count finds housing affordability crisis driving numbers up
Liam Britten, CBC News | September 26, 2017

Vancouver city officials, developers discuss housing affordability
Susan Lazaruk, Vancouver Sun | September 26, 2017

Commuting may cost more than avoiding a million-dollar Vancouver home: expert
Johnathan Brown and Stephanie Froese, News 1130 | September 26, 2017

Walkable cities are better for our health and economy
André Picard, The Globe and Mail | September 26, 2017

Ecofiscal Commission Urges Municipalities to Make Users Pay for the Water Services They Use
Canada’s Ecofiscal commission | September 26, 2017

How to Be a Good ‘Night Mayor’
Feargus O’Sullivan, CityLab | September 26, 2017

Small, local retail key for Vancouver’s new ‘indie zone’
Frances Bula, The Globe and Mail | September 25, 2017

Experts take on B.C.’s housing-affordability crisis at annual UBCM
Matt Robinson, Vancouver Sun | September 25, 2017

VIDEO: Designing the Rental Housing Renaissance
Christopher Cheung, The Tyee | September 25, 2017

What would an entirely flood-proof city look like?
Sophie Knight, The Guardian | September 25, 2017

The Battle of the False Creek Flats: SkyTrain extension may close art galleries
John Mackie, Vancouver Sun | September 24, 2017

New rentals in Metro Vancouver a long time coming
Justin McElroy, CBC News | September 24, 2017

A City That Works For Everyone: Reflections on the Necessity of an Intersectional Urbanism
Robin Mazumder | September 24, 2017

Towards an More Inclusive Urbanism
Kalen Anderson and Jo Flatt, CanU | September 23, 2017


September 22, 2017

Rising prices push out long-time Vancouver residents
Kerry Gold, The Globe and Mail | September 22, 2017

How Parks Lose Their Playfulness
Thomas de Monchauxsept, New York Times | September 22, 2017

All Male Panels and Why Diversity Matters in Planning
Sandy James, Price Tags | September 22, 2017

To design the park of the future, plan from the ground up
Alex Bozikovic, The Globe and Mail | September 22, 2017

COLUMN: How should cities prepare for flooding?
Donna MacDonald, BC Local News | September 22, 2017

Finding Chinatown
Christopher Cheung, Megaphone Magazine | September 21, 2017

Engagement may be a matter of survival
Andrew Petter, Times Higher Education | September 21, 2017

Vancouver archives puts thousands of heritage photos online
Michael Kissinger, Vancouver courier | September 21, 2017

Housing minister: Vancouver’s modular housing pitch ‘at front of list’
Mike Howell, September 20, 2017

Toronto and Vancouver tech insiders weigh in on value of snagging Amazon’s HQ2
Robert Parker, CBC News | September 20, 2017

Big Data Shows the Way to Healthier Playgrounds for All
Meghan Talarowski & Taylor Chiang, September 20, 2017

101 ways to improve transportation in your city
Megan Barber, Patrick Sisson & Alissa Walker, Curbed | September 20, 2017

Vancouver’s single family density push begins
Jen St. Denis, Vancouver Metro | September 19, 2017

Vancouver councillors want more funding for park patrols
Justin McElroy, CBC News | September 19, 2017

Building the world’s greenest city
Robin Hicks, Eco-Business | September 19, 2017

Renewable City Strategy slammed
Nelson Bennett, Business in Vancouver | September 19, 2017

Zoned for Who? What income do you need to buy a single family home in Vancouver?
Jens von Bergmann, Mountain Doodles | September 18, 2017

Opinion: We know how to end long-term homelessness, so what’s the holdup?
Milad Parpouchi, Vancouver Sun | September 18, 2017

Vancouver Walk for Reconciliation a Chance to Learn, Listen and Keep the Dialogue Going
Staff and contributors, The Tyee | September 18, 2017

America’s New Front Porches: Public Spaces
John Robert Smith, Governing | September 18, 2017

Urbanism conference criticized for ‘shameful’ all-male panel
David Hains, Toronto Metro | September 17, 2017

Thinking spatially: How GIS changes the way we plan cities
Lucy Wallwork, MultiBreifs | September 15, 2017


September 15, 2017

The Suburb of the Future, Almost Here
Alan M. Berger, New York Times | September 15, 2017

Radical disconnect as average Metro Vancouver earner reaps $72,000 a year, pays $1.4 million for home
Sam Cooper, Vancouver Sun | September 14, 2017

Where candidates for Vancouver city council stand on affordable housing
Justin McElroy, CBC News | September 14, 2017

How a human-made island grew organically into an urban oasis
Christopher Cheung | Vancouver Courier | September 14, 2017

Lessons from the experts: Making a resiliency plan
Cody Boteler, Smart Cities Dive | September 14, 2017

People-friendly furniture in public places matters more than ever in today’s city
Christian Tietz, The Conversation | September 14, 2017

UDI wants regional plan for less single-family zoning
Glen Korstrom, Business in Vancouver | September 13, 2017

Why Are There So Many Empty Stores on Our Biggest Shopping Streets?
Stacey McLachan, Vancouver Magazine | September 13, 2017

Vancouver’s rental vacancy rate is near zero. Here are 7 ideas to help lift it
By Jesse Ferreras and Tanya Beja |Global News | September 12, 1027

Documenting Activism in Vancouver’s Chinatown
Taylor McAvoy, international Examiner | September 12, 2017

The sky’s the limit: Translink gears up for major investment
Kevin Smith, International Railway Journal | September 12, 2017

Canadian transit enters a brand-new world
Kevin Smith, International Railway Journal | September 12, 2017

The Evil Genius Ways The Wealthy, Cities, And Businesses Try To Control Urban Spaces
Adele Peters, Fast Company | September 12, 2017

Why democracy doesn’t mean you get your way – Part 2
Evoke BC | September 12, 2017

Disaster Recovery’s Essential Tool: Data
Any Liu and Allison Plyer, Governing | September 12, 2017

Livability: Rezoning for densification? [VIDEO, 1:55]
Global News | September 11, 2017

Are you prepared for a flood or earthquake in Vancouver?
Michael Geller, Vancouver Courier | September 11, 2017

Vancouver named most walkable city in Canada
CTV News | September 11, 2017

Housing for homeless among social commitments from NDP
Amy smart, Vancouver Courier/Times Colonist | September 11, 2017

Cities aren’t using their key tool for climate action: Urban planning
Mihir Prakash and Darcy Jones, Citiscope | September 11, 2017

What Role Do Artists Play in Gentrification?
Peter Moskowitz, Artsy | September 11, 2017

Women’s safety on the Granville strip — what CBC saw on a night out
By Michelle Ghoussoub, CBC News | September 10, 2017

‘It’s time for a restart’: Metro Van mayors hope new government brings new relationship
Justin McElroy, CBC News | September 9, 2017

What can B.C. learn from Mexico’s earthquake?
Clare Hennig, CBC News | September 9, 2017


September 8, 2017

Condo Influx Prompts East Hastings Walkability, Transportation Assessment
Sarah Ripplinger, Westender | September 8, 2017

Vancouver’s rental mini-boom could be snuffed out
Kerry Gold, The Globe and Mail | September 8, 2017

Vancouver mayor would welcome Amazon’s $5-billion headquarters
Scott Brown, Vancouver Sun |September 8, 2017

Not everyone celebrating completion of Point Grey bike lane
Jessica Kerr, Vancouver Courier | September 7, 2017

Jennifer Keesmaat on 5 years as chief planner, being told to ‘stick to the knitting,’ and what comes next
Lauren Pelley, CBC News | September 7, 2017

Sadiq Khan’s housing policy is good for small builders – and Londoners
Barry Mortimer, The Guardian | September 7, 2017

Pre-Recovery Is Key To Better Disaster Response
Shannon Van Zandt, Kinder institute | September 7, 2017

Pre-Recovery Is Key To Better Disaster ResponseShannon Van Zandt, Kinder institute | September 7, 2017

Vancouver man ordered to stop letting his children take city bus to school alone
Wendy Stueck, The Globe and Mail | September 6, 2017

Throughout Metro Vancouver, higher density equals more school kids
Jen St. Denis, Vancouver Metro | September 6, 2017

NDP cancels construction on George Massey bridge project
Rob Shaw, September 6, 2017 | Vancouver Sun

Disaster-proofing our cities requires concerted effort, says UBC expert
Lou Corpuz-Bosshart, UBC News | September 6, 2017

There’s a fix for flooding in cities, but you’re not going to like it
Rosemary Westwood, Maclean’s | September 6, 2017

What makes a creative city?
Juliana Engberg, The Guardian | September 6, 2017

Gastown and other areas of Vancouver are candidates for ‘car free’ zones
Emily Lazatin, Global News/CKNW | September 5, 2017

The Cities Of The 21st Century Will Be Defined By Water
Diana Budds, FastCo.Design | September 5, 2017

Young families opt for diverse downtown over spacious suburbs in Vancouver
Mike Hager, The Globe and Mail | September 4, 2017

Experts mull the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver
Frances Bula, The Globe and Mail | September 4, 2017

Granville Island merchants mull area’s future
Glen Korstrom, Business in Vancouver | September 4, 2017

Democracy doesn’t mean you get your way – Part 1
Evoke BC | September 4, 2017

Opinion: Ending tolls provides a clean slate for mobility pricing in Metro Vancouver
Nancy Olewiler, Jonathon Arnold, Vancouver Sun | September 4, 2017

Changing history: Across Canada, educators are changing the way they teach history to better include Indigenous perspectives
Wendy Stueck & Caroline Alphonso, The globe and Mail | September 3, 2017

Vancouver among top emergency-prepared cities in Canada: fire captain
Hana Mae Nassar, News 1130 | September 2, 2017


September 1, 2017

Emily Carr’s new home becomes a catalyst for urban renewal
Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail | September 1, 2017

Tax Land to House Vancouver’s Fleeing Middle Class
Patrick Condon, The Tyee | September 1, 2017

Can We Embed Arts & Cultural Diversity Into Urban Planning to Boost Social Resilience?
Revitalization News | September 1, 2017

Is Vancouver becoming ‘syringe city’?
Rafferty Baker, CBC News | August 31, 2017

Why housing in Vancouver is so expensive
Michael Geller, Vancouver Courier | August 31, 2017

Natural catastrophes are the new reality — so why aren’t we ready?
Daphne Bramham, Vancouver Sun | August 30, 2017

City of Vancouver praises Quebec’s Airbnb tax
Alex Migdal, CBC News | August 30, 2017

Declining Chinatown food businesses neglected by Vancouver civic policies, report finds
Craig Takeuchi, The Georgia Straight | August 30, 2017

Taxing gridlock: Vancouver looks to Singapore, Stockholm for congestion fix
Yvette Brend, CBC News | August 30, 2017

Vancouver to Train Citizens to Map Public Space
Rachel Dovey, Next CIty | August 30, 2017

It’s Time To Ditch The Concept Of ‘100-Year Floods’
Maggie Koerth-Baker, FiveThirtyEight | August 30, 2017

From tolls to mobility pricing: Motorists will still pay more to drive
Lori Culbert, Vancouver Sun | August 29, 2017

City looking for volunteers to help make downtown public spaces more inviting
Jessica Kerr, Vancouver Courier | August 29, 2017

Vancouver architect says the wealthy are cashing in on property tax deferment
Charmaine de Silva and Simon Little, Global/CKNW | August 29, 2017

Houston’s ‘Wild West’ growth (via Kareen)
Shawn Boburg and Beth Reinhard, Washington Post | August 29, 2017

In high-density Vancouver, residents must create connections to cope with potential crises
Ian Bailey, The Globe and Mail | August 28, 2017

Vancouver’s ‘renovictions’ driven in large part by vacate clause: advocate
Jane Zeschky, Business in Vancouver | August 28, 2017

Withering timbers: Vancouver pleads for citizen help in watering drought-stricken trees
Derrick Penner, Vancouver sun | August 28, 2017

Jennifer Keesmaat stepping down from role as Toronto’s chief planner
CBC News | August 28, 2017

City looking for ‘Arbutus Champions’ to collaborate at its ‘design jam’
Jennifer Kerr, Vancouver courier | August 26, 2017