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Entries from July 2015

TransLink scores with $440-million sale of Oakridge bus barn

December 21st, 2016 · 3 Comments

We’d all been hearing the chatter for half a year that TransLink had sold this prime site at 41st and Oak for a significant sum, far more than it had originally anticipated five years ago. That was seen as one more piece of good news for the agency, giving it a lot more money to […]

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Gen Xers ready to move, boomers off to the country, millennials want to stay

December 20th, 2016 · 2 Comments

A company I hadn’t heard of previously, Resonance Consultancy, produced an interesting report with loads of data on B.C.’ers plans for moving in the next five years. It was rich with data, collected from interview with 1,700 people by Insights West, which meant that there were a dozen stories in it or more. (As a […]

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City proposal on saving character houses stirs debate on density, design, property rights

December 15th, 2016 · 3 Comments

After hearing for several years from residents on the west side about the havoc that was being wreaked as older houses there were demolished, city planners came out with proposed policies last month aimed at saving them. They are not modest or incremental. The policies, if passed, will actually give owners who retain older houses […]

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My advice to the development industry: Show you’re really part of the community by taking a stand on bad behaviour; share your data

December 1st, 2016 · 1 Comment

I’ve spoken on dozens of panels in my 34-year career as a journalist — panels for other journalists, for PR people, for non-profit groups, for students, for housing advocates, for business groups, for resident associations, for government employees — but none has generated quite the tizzy in a teacup as the one I was on […]

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