November 27, 2018

Lisa Dominato – On Public Service, Politics & City-Wide Planning

Gordon Price and Tom Davidoff chat with newly elected Vancouver Councillor Lisa Dominato on how her successful run in the recent election was informed by her experiences as a school trustee, working in public policy with the provincial government, and through conversations with voters during the campaign.

Plus, her take on the issue of the day — fulfilling the housing needs of the ‘missing middle’. What does she think about prior Council decision on duplexes? How can neighbourhood voices help guide land use decisions? What role will Council play with — and what will inform — the forthcoming city-wide planning process?

A great discussion — with more from Councillor Dominato and other leaders in the region in future episodes.

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An opening op-ed from Gord, celebrating 60 years of the Planning Institute of BC, and highlighting some of what came to influence Vancouverism in the period 1986-2010.

The main segment features a housing discussion between Josh Gordon, Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy at SFU, and Tom Davidoff, Associate Professor of the Strategy and Business Economics Division at UBC Sauder School of Business, hosted by Price Tags Managing Editor Colin Stein.

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As is widely acknowledged, single family homes are now unaffordable to most new home buyers in Metro Vancouver.

Even with a downpayment of $150,000 — plus bi-weekly payments, and an amortization period of 30 years — one would need to spend $72,000 in after-tax dollars annually to service the mortgage on an average-priced home of about $1.5 million.

The median total income for households in Metro Vancouver in 2015 was $72,662. A shift in the economic and supply dynamic is very obviously required, and with a strong dose of foresight and political will.

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