Election time in British Columbia sees suburban issues, and mixed feelings, in the foreground.
Some insight from recent US experience?
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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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If major cities are to be money mills for real estate investors – especially overseas ones – affordable housing for working people needs to be considered necessary infrastructure and supported appropriately.
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Canada’s largest circulation newspaper ( or is it second largest, we don’t remember exactly and in a dying industry does it matter who is first ) shows us how to make a really fantastic contribution to the discussion of one of the most pressing public issues.
The Globe and Mail suggests ‘hacking’ Vancouver housing crisis by living in your car
If you go down this road here are some pointers:
(103) A man’s home is his castle …and frequently also his shitbox!
Hey Globe and Mail, look who was on this, like, six hundred postings ago…
(262) Living in a van in Van
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Vancouver sometimes seems to have taken such an awful turn into economic weirdness it is hard to know what to do with it. Transit hubs and higher densities are supposed to be helpful things, markers of adaptation. In Vancouver’s real estate-driven reality they are causing harm.
Cheap rentals near transit hubs face wave of demolition.
Metro Van density plans invite wrecking ball to three lower-income neighbourhoods
Canada’s market-driven housing environment makes things rocky for too many people. In Vancouver, it’s starting to look impossibly difficult for a young family to get established.
Making room for families in the city
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This is a piece of real journalism. A record of little details from less-than-glamorous places and how they fit the larger picture. We need more…
A Metro Vancouver midnight transit odyssey. With $7.5 billion transport plan at stake, The Tyee joins a hospital cleaner on her nightly commute home
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