The last two weeks have been a bonanza for affordable housing junkies. They started with the Housing Central Conference, organized by the B.C. Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA), Co-op Housing Federation of B.C. and Aboriginal Housing Management Association. It brought together more than 1,300 participants from the non-profit and cooperative housing sectors, and I was invited to deliver a version of a recent SFU Affordable Housing Ideas presentation.
Two weeks ago, I wrote about the audible gasps and expressions of shock heard throughout a packed downtown hotel ballroom during an Urban Development Institute (UDI) luncheon talk on escalating housing prices around the region. Last week, I returned to another packed downtown hotel ballroom for another UDI luncheon talk. However, this time, there were no audible gasps or expressions of shock.
Last week, former Courier columnist Jessica Barrett wrote a personal essay in The Tyee titled “I Left Vancouver Because Vancouver Left Me: on loving and leaving the city after being defeated by its affordability crisis.” It followed an earlier Vancouver Courier column she wrote in 2015, “Is it time to leave Vancouver?” While much is written about our region’s affordability crisis, Barrett’s poignant tale about returning to Alberta after many years in Vancouver seemed to hit a nerve with many...
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