Frances Bula header image 4

Entries Tagged as 'Uncategorized'

How much development in past — and future — for Chinatown

May 24th, 2017 · 2 Comments

A knowledgeable person helpfully compiled this list of past projects and possible future ones in Chinatown, so you can get a sense of the change in the area. The unit counts might be off a bit here and there, but all those projects that have been completed, are under construction or have been actually submitted […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Uncategorized

Chinatown project turns into “line in the sand” as people argue it will change the future of historic area

May 24th, 2017 · 6 Comments

It’s a 12-story condo plus retail plus social housing building on an interior block of Chinatown, meant to fill what is now a surface parking lot (formerly a gas station). But the project by Beedie Development Group has turned into a pitched battle, with opponents seeing it as the nail in the coffin for historic […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Uncategorized

What will it be like to live in Vancouver’s new green buildings?

May 24th, 2017 · 4 Comments

There’s been a huge focus in recent months on Vancouver’s plan to move to a zero-emissions building code, but mainly on one aspect of it, the impact on natural gas. But what else will look and feel different as Vancouver moves to its new, unique building code? I talked to people who have built condo […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Uncategorized

The ridings to watch for the election: Not Vancouver, not the north, but the suburbs

May 9th, 2017 · No Comments

Increasingly, suburban ridings are filled with people who are finding that they are not living the dream, but are having to deal with issues that used to be thought of as strictly urban: homelessness, drug use, transit, school closures, and more. And that’s what makes them an interesting group to watch during elections — their […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Uncategorized

Vancouver Tenants Union has successful launch — and now …

May 5th, 2017 · 1 Comment

The newly formed Vancouver Tenants Union got well over 200 people out to its founding meeting on a Saturday last week, which was a promising start in don’t-like-to-commit Vancouver. It got a lot of coverage from media, including me/Globe. Now the trick will be to see what the group, started by some active in the […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Uncategorized

Libs not touting it in speeches, but policy position is that referendum still needed for regional share of Broadway, Surrey lines

April 27th, 2017 · 10 Comments

In the 2013 election, Premier Christy Clark was quite vocal about requiring a referendum for any new tax, fee or whatever that the mayors wanted to help pay for the regional share of transit. This time, candidates have stayed away from that. However, the Liberal Party made it clear — in its response to the […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Uncategorized

Board of Trade issues report endorsing “missing middle” forms of housing and alternatives to home ownership

April 19th, 2017 · 9 Comments

I have to say, it’s a sign of the times that 350 people, many from the business and development community, would turn out to a five-hour session on housing policy. But that’s what they did yesterday, when the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade organized a set of panels to go along with a report they […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Uncategorized

A rare housing choice: Living in a rowhouse without having to be in a strata

April 19th, 2017 · 5 Comments

For almost as long as I’ve covered the urban-issues beat in Vancouver, people have talked about how great it would be if we had fee-simple townhouses — that is, townhouses where the owners don’t have to belong to a strata. They just own their particular row/townhouse individually, with some agreement about how to handle common […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Uncategorized

Will putting social-housing buildings in the hands of non-profits save them? Or doom them?

April 6th, 2017 · 1 Comment

B.C.’s auditor general came out with a quietly scathing report on BC Housing’s move to transfer its remaining social-housing assets — about 9,000 units of housing when they started — into the hands of non-profits. That process, when it started a couple of years ago, sparked fears that private developers would be gobbling up these […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Uncategorized

Infill housing could be part of solution to shortages — if cities would approve more of it, say home builders

April 6th, 2017 · 1 Comment

Infill housing is what many politicians and housing advocates are chatting up these days as a way to inject a little density into single-family neighbourhoods, some of which are managing to lose population even while the region expands by 30,000 a year. The Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association commissioned some special research from Landcor, which […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Uncategorized