Well! They could have told us this earlier and saved us a lot of time… Turns out desperate tweets won’t solve our housing cost problems.
Sociologist Nathan Lauster calls the current clash the “intergenerational drama of urban house ownership as a life goal.”
“It produces this sensation for a lot of people like you’re trying to make a home on quicksand,” says Lauster, who is part of UBC’s urban studies department.
“So you’re trying to do everything that you think is right, everything that your parents have done, and it’s still not going to be enough.”
But home ownership hasn’t always been the ultimate goal for a family. In Germany, for instance, renting is the norm.
And in Vancouver, in recent years, it seems people don’t just want a home, they want a perfect home, tearing down old stock to build new mansions, ripping rather than renovating.
“There are a lot of different ways to live. But a lot of policy and a lot of our intergenerational culture has encouraged only one way, and that’s the single family house,” says Lauster.
‘Dr. Zen’ in the comments section of that article has one possible fix:
Solution… leave Vancouver. You will not regret it.
Read the full article here.