West Point Grey is out toward University of British Columbia and mostly it embodies the best of things Vancouver has to offer. Unless you are living there in a van. Such folk seem to be all over town now. For the moment, the police are concerned about the phenomenon but there are no plans for a US-style crackdown on van dwellers. As long as the vehicles remain mobile and nuisances are kept to a minimum it appears that this improvised manner of living is set to take hold. Why? Vancouver always had its share of social difficulty. After all, it’s comparatively mild, and it is literally the end of the road in Canada. Now it is also stupidly expensive for most waged workers. Small wonder, really.
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A visit to the City of New Westminster’s Queensborough. An ambitious call to truly fix the suburbs and get us more housing there along the way.
How to build better burbs to ease the housing crunch. Transforming suburbs creates options for families priced out of city and creates better communities
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Perhaps only the forest fires in the interior of British Columbia rival the rents in the province’s largest city these days.
Rents on fire: Vancouver follows San Francisco’s lead to curb rental crisis. An estimated 24,500 households in Vancouver are in need of more affordable housing
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Rental advocacy doesn’t seem like the easiest gig in Canada these days, even though there’s plenty to work with.
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Housing rights group says crisis in Quebec remains a problem
Forget Vancouver, BC’s future will be decided by the suburbs. With big city problems creeping into the land of cul-de-sacs and single-family homes, suburban swing ridings are set to determine the outcome of the provincial election
Some insight from recent US experience?
Environment as politics. New drawings of the relations between residential density and voting behaviour
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‘Shocking’ homeless count needs provincial help, says mayor. 199 homeless children, more than 70 makeshift camps and ‘unprecedented surge’ in homelessness in region
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Look, it isn’t that we hate Vancouver but that town is gonna pop an aorta any day now …and it won’t have anyone to blame but itself.
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Counterfactual propositions are most times best avoided. We all are hungry for glimpses of the future, sure. That part is okay. There’s just too much risk of distraction in many a creative “what if” scenario, too much room for wild swings of positive or negative projection. Let’s make an exception today for this dystopic reflection on an imagined socioeconomic existence for Vancouver, BC. Yikes! This can’t be a future anybody wants a part of.
How Vancouver’s housing segregation became policy: a 2040 look back. Decades from now, researchers reflect with shock, pity on what led to creation of regional, economically unequal ‘bantustans’
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