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December 9, 2017

Homelessness: We all pay

I have the privilege of living in a lovely downtown Vancouver neighbourhood. The late-fall mornings are crisp and fresh and, even in a light drizzle, it’s […]
November 29, 2017

Overcoming the cost of regulatory paralysis

Cities can improve housing affordability but they need help “Time is money” – it’s a phrase you might hear when the boss is complaining about your […]
June 8, 2017

Who says, “Vancouver has run out of developable land?”

Canada’s most livable city is perfectly able to make room for newcomers Even amid the flurry of headlines about Vancouver’s prohibitive housing prices , it would […]
May 30, 2017

Let’s Get Serious about Supply and Demand

The single-family housing shortage is a problem of physics, not politics In light of the proven popularity of Stradivarius violins, it is an outrage – an […]
March 20, 2017

Opinion: Don’t sell assets to pay for infrastructure

*This article was originally published in The Vancouver Sun newspaper on March 20, 2017 here. We will regret selling infrastructure that Canadians still need The Canadian […]
December 1, 2016

Welcoming a million people to Metro Vancouver?

The recent unanimous vote by the Mayor’s Council to fund the first phase of their ambitious and essential Vision Plan for the region’s transit and transportation […]
October 13, 2016

Housing Boomers

For his 2015 book The Stackable Boomer, David Allison asked me to look at how we can make suburban baby boomers feel at home in a […]
February 5, 2014

No need to be frightened by higher densities in neighbourhoods

By: Gordon Harris Special to The Vancouver Sun A quiet neighbourhood: the phrase evokes leafy streets, tidy gardens and carefree children, quietly at play. But in […]