Two items thast came in that same time, both dealing with the dominant planning and social issue of our city: affordability.
About one-quarter of the single-family homes in Vancouver’s Cambie corridor could eventually make way for higher-density “ground-oriented and family-friendly” housing, according to proposals contained in a report from city planning director Brian Jackson.
The report — which details the scope of work for Phase 3 of the Cambie corridor planning program — said 74 per cent of single-family-zoned parcels in the area would be left unchanged as the city promotes more townhouse and row house development.
The other 26 per cent could be affected, though a lot of community consultation has to take place before the Phase 3 plan is officially approved in about two years. …
It said townhouses and row houses offer many of the desired qualities of single-family homes at a more affordable price — including front-door entrances and private outdoor spaces.
The area affected by the proposal stretches from 16th Avenue to the Fraser River and from Oak Street to Ontario Street. (Study area in dark gray in graph on right.) Phases 1 and 2 of the Cambie corridor plan have already permitted extensive mid-rise and highrise housing developments, with 26 rezoning approvals the past four years paving the way for the construction of 6,600 new housing units, including 2,900 at Oakridge shopping centre.
Initial criticisms, I’d predict, would be (1) too little and still too long, and (2) too much and still too expensive. (Already in the comments to The Sun article: “When will politician figure out that densification is not a good thing.” “Delusional. Higher density does not equal affordability.”)
But this is the first significant initiative to start converting tracts of single-family housing to a form of housing this city jumped right over in the streetcar era when land was cheap: we went directly to detached housing, without districts of row housing – a form that is now the dominant style in this region’s suburbs but not in the city. It’s the missing middle.
Row housing in this neighbourhodd won’t be inexpensive, but it will be cheaper than the single-family homes they will replace. And hence in the interest of these people, who I found out in the second tweet, linking to a CBC News piece:
“It’s not just me, everybody’s talking about it,” said 29 year-old Eveline Xia, in an interview with CBC News.
“It’s the number one issue we’re talking about. People in higher income brackets, people in lower income brackets.”
Sick of stressing out about how she could afford to have a family in Vancouver, the environmental professional took to Twitter to express her anger over sky-high real estate prices in the city.
Xia had no idea her #DontHave1Million hashtag would go viral, trending on Twitter across Canada on Thursday.
“It’s really struck a chord, people are responding like crazy,” she said.
Many people have taken to Twitter to express their frustration over the lack of affordability in Vancouver real estate.
I’ve been wondering how long it would take before we seem some action among younger people sufficient to create a new political dynamic. I’m not sure whether this is it. But is it likely that the those holding the signs will be in the same process as those with a vested interest in maximizing land-value return along the Cambie corridor?
Donthave1million tweets here.