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Bike-share comes to Vancouver at last, helmets and all

July 20th, 2016 · 18 Comments

So I ambled down to the official announcement of the bike-share launch, held on the picture-perfect seawall with kayakers going by, the glass towers sparkling in the sunshine, and an elderly gentleman playing the street piano nearby. My official Globe story is here, but those of you who know anything about me realize that I’m […]

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The temperature goes up in Vancouver housing wars, with stories on data and racism

July 19th, 2016 · 16 Comments

Just when you think things can’t get any more virulent in Vancouver’s debates over real estate, they do. As far as I can tell, the heat went up starting with the province’s decision two weeks ago to release three weeks worth of data on sales, which showed that about five per cent of Vancouver real […]

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The long, hard battle to make sure housing subsidies go to the right tenants

July 19th, 2016 · No Comments

ICYMI, here is my story about a recent court case, where Red Door Housing Society removed the subsidy from a tenant who didn’t report income her daughter had been getting. Now they are being asked to pay $1,990 for their three-bedroom townhouse on the False Creek waterfront, instead of $650. It’s a small glimpse behind […]

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Will the housing crisis finally make someone pay attention to renter issues?

July 11th, 2016 · 24 Comments

That’s what I’m wondering, as the bizarre Vancouver and Toronto real-estate frenzies mean that more people are staying in the rental market for longer — maybe forever. The Globe is doing a series on renter issues. I kicked it off on Saturday with a look at the general picture across the land and a little […]

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The latest data battle: 19 days of sales stats for B.C. and what to believe

July 10th, 2016 · No Comments

The province said it would start collecting data on foreign ownership in June and, this week, Finance MInister Mike de Jong revealed the results from, I’m guessing, the first 19 days of collection. The total of the goverment information is here, which doesn’t answer all the questions I would have had (couldn’t be there because […]

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Plan for 10,000 more in Commercial Drive ‘hood gets cautious approval from residents for now

June 28th, 2016 · 46 Comments

It’s been one long haul, but finally city planners have come up with the draft for a Grandview-Woodland plan. (They presented it to the citizens’ assembly Saturday night, after which several attendees went for beer. This planning thing is not for amateurs.) Here is the city’s summary of the plan, which envisions about 7,000 new […]

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Alarm over the sale of a Chinese-society residential hotel gives glimpse of hidden world

June 21st, 2016 · No Comments

The May Wah Hotel is a relic of old Chinatown, built in 1913, filled with tiny rooms where Chinese seniors and not-so-senior others have an extremely affordable haven. But the Shon Yee Benevolent Association that owns the building and runs it decided, after many years of debate, to put it up for sale recently. Some […]

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A tour of Alberta cities (with some tours of mayors offices thrown in)

June 21st, 2016 · 5 Comments

I’m from Regina, so a Prairie kid, as all good Canadians are. But it’s been a long while since I’ve travelled east. So it was a pleasurable surprise to do whirlwind visits to Edmonton and Calgary recently. I interviewed the mayors of those two cities. (Story here, for comparisons on who among Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton […]

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A question from a reader: What is this Chinese word in the real-estate brochures?

June 6th, 2016 · 5 Comments

Dear readers, any answers to this question that just came in over my blog transom? An advertisement from a realtor appeared in our mail today, with the usual pictures of houses just sold (prices ranging from over 8 million to 2.5 million). Some of the pictures have “just sold” or “new listing” printed on them, […]

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Is it possible for Vancouver to do an affordable home-ownership plan, given our insane land prices?

June 5th, 2016 · 4 Comments

Vancouver has said it’s going to start a small “affordable home-ownership” program, with an initial 300 units over three years. It’s hardly the first city to do this. There are programs all over the continent that have started up as resort towns, universities, mid-sized cities, and large cities have all tried to find a way […]

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