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Hollyburn Properties’ open house for 1640-1650 Alberni St.

Lots of proposed new development slated for Alberni St. There is a huge demand of purpose built rental units in Vancouver with the vacancy rate being so low. I can’t remember Hollyburn Properties ever constructing a new purpose built apartment building in Vancouver. I thought their business model was to buy existing properties and manage […]

City breaks ground on 135 units of affordable housing geared towards families

Great to see the City of Vancouver use its resources to create more affordability for families. The city with the land that it has, the new housing authority and the political will to make affordable housing for families a priority is  doing some pretty impressive work. This first of its kind project for Vancouver will […]

Community Open House for redevelopment of 1661 Davie St.

From the City of Vancouver: Community Open House Monday, February 29, 2016, 5:00-8:00 pm The Coast Plaza Hotel 1763 Comox Street Details of the project Henriquez Partners Architects has applied to the City of Vancouver for permission to develop this site with a mixed-use building consisting of : -a 3 storey podium with three retail […]

Tearing down a highway to enjoy more urban benefits

The removal of the viaducts in Vancouver is an exciting opportunity that will surpass the significance of not building a highway through the city. While Toronto seems stuck with its elevated “freeway” cutting off the city from the lake, Vancouver has a tremendous opportunity to right a bit of terrible urban planning and highway engineering […]

An open letter to Mayor and Council in support for proposed rezoning of 1754-1772 Pendrell St.

Dear Mayor and Council: With the continued low vacancy rates for rental housing in Vancouver, the addition of 178 purpose-built rental units is a welcome addition to the West End and that is why I support the rezoning of 1754-1772 Pendrell St. Moreover, the proposal to have 26 of the replaced rental units to rent […]

Open house on proposed project at 1188 Bidwell St., Monday June 29, 5-8pm

Reliance Properties Ltd is holding a community open house for the proposed plans for 1188 Bidwell St. Development. Date:  Monday June 29, 2015 Time:  5-8pm (drop in) Place:  Empire Landmark Hotel, 1400 Robson St. The project will include: -108 secured market rental units -Family units: 25% of units are 2 and 3-bedroom suits -Retail at […]

SFU Urban Studies Program presenting David Hulchanski and Dr. Chow Yei Ching,

The SFU Urban Studies Program presents the following talk as part of our Gentrification and the City speaker series: Gentrification and the future of rental housing in Canada David Hulchanski Dr. Chow Yei Ching Chair in Housing, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto Canada’s increasing income inequality is speeding up the social-spatial “sorting” of […]

My letter of support for the referral of the “Draft West End Plan” to public hearing

Dear Mayor and Council: I fully support the referral of the “Draft West End Plan” to a public hearing based on the fullness of the public engagement process and the information presented at the “Directions Open Houses” this past June. I will reserve my feedback of the Draft Plan for the public hearing process. I […]

The lack of purpose built rental units still an issue for Vancouver

  The spring Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation 2013 Rental Market statistics have been releases. There is not a huge change in the rental market for Vancouver, but vacancy rates are still at a critically low rate and rents are increasing faster than inflation. The report can be view at CMHC report The over all […]

Finally housing designed for families with kids in the West End.

Photo of Block one of the handout material from workshop. yellow-placemaking, red- wayfinding, green-gardens grey-imporved surface treatment, blue-laneway housing opportunity. purple-maintain parking, dark green-rain garden Handout material from the workshop Laneway housing workshop 2.0 Wednesday June 5, 2013 The West End Planning Team wants to encourage and facilitate a new type of housing. The modest […]