In the way that journalism works, the germ of this story sprouted at a public meeting where I was a moderator. The panel was focused on housing as a human right. But there were a lot of young people in the audience who were hungry for more — they were looking for practical solutions to Vancouver’s housing dilemmas.
Among them were Anastasia and Sam, quoted in this story, who have gone beyond just individual interest in tiny houses to trying to create the momentum and focus for the change needed to permit them in local cities.
They’ve created a website to collect information and they’ve made connections with city planners, post-secondary institutions, and other housing advocates. I’m not sure how long it will take them to get anywhere (the two city politicians I talked to were interested but, I’d say, a bit wary) but they are definitely taking all the right steps to start a wave.