Toderian on growth in Metro

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But are some municipalities in Metro doing more than others?

I refer back to a paper we commissioned a few yeas ago with funding from CMHC to track how Metro Vancouver municipalities were doing in regards to the the Region’s Affordable Housing Plan. Ably written by Margaret Eberle and Associates for us, I don’t think too much as changed. Here is the link to the paper in Thomas McLeod’s always-readable blog, Fraseropolis, with his comments.

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Then we see this:

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And this:

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And this:

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This is serious. The City of Vancouver only has about 25% of the population on Metro Vancouver, but it leads in at least trying to do something. The government and the opposition rather than sitting on their hands, should be concerned about issues like this. We NEED and enforceable Regional Housing Strategy!

The rental stock is not regenerating for obvious reasons. And as the Toronto Star article says, perhaps people should consider renting than purchasing.

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A well-commentated recent article in the Globe and Mail. I mean the quality of the comments at the end.

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I always enjoy forwarding this paper by the City of New Westminster to small and medium sized municipalities when they see what they can do about rental housing.

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We’re not too far behind San Francisco.

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Some woes in Vancouver.  Vancouver, Washington that is:

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From Australia, where soaring house prices are also an issue.

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Comments

  1. The article on the disappearance of cheap rental stock for young people is concerning. You can predict the flight of artists and cultural workers from the city, not every young person has a six figure job at some tech startup (that will be gone by the end of the decade).

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