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Vancouver: Getting better or worse?

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Pete McMartin has an editorial over at the Vancouver Sun about the ‘amenity paradox‘ – that is that the attributes that make a city attractive to live in eventually erode liveability.

“It’s funny that you should mention the Amenity Paradox,” said author and urban planner Lance Berlowitz. “I was thinking about that very thing last month when I was in Barcelona. It’s one of my favourite cities and I’ve been there many times, and local people I know there were complaining that they can no longer afford to live in the city, that it has become too tourist-oriented, that, like Paris, it has become a caricature of itself.”

That is not the case in Vancouver. As much as our Chamber of Commerce would convince us of our global significance, we are not anywhere near being in the league of Barcelona, Paris, or even Toronto, for that matter. And we have a long way to go in terms of becoming truly urbane.

Wrote Bob Ransford, consultant and bi-weekly columnist for The Sun on urban design:

“We are quite delusional about what we are in Vancouver. We’re a small regional city that has seen a population spike, changing quickly some of our old ways. Those old ways were not that impressive. We’re like the 14-year-old — neither an adult nor a child, but we think we’re pretty special and we pretend we’re more gorgeous than any other teen — yet we’re terribly insecure.

So what do you think? Is Vancouver getting better as it grows more mature or are we still an adolescent insecure city in many ways?

Read the full article here.

Friday Free-for-all Fall Edition!

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Hey! You made it to the end of another work week and into the autumn. It’s another sunny day in paradise as the air turns crisper.

Lets do our regular end of the week news round up and open topic discussion thread for the weekend – Friday Free-for-all time!

Here are a few recent links to kick off the chat:

-Another housing bubble alarm
-2 million east of Fraser
-Petronas threatens LNG cancelation
-Conference board knocks high prices
-Absent homeowners fee
-Free money to jumpstart economy

So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!

Friday Free-for-all! Here comes Autumn.

Friday, September 19th, 2014

It’s the end of another work week and you know what that means…

Friday Free-for-all time!

This is our regular end of the week news round up and open topic discussion thread for the weekend, here are a few recent links to kick off the chat:

-World warns of Canada risk
-Fed renews zero rate, hints at hike
-BC too laid back for China business
-HAM a myth?
-How locals afford homes
-Slackers are Debtors?
-FIPA is coming

So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!

Friday Free-for-all!

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Well well well, you made it to the end of another work week!

That means it’s time for our regular Friday free-for-all post. This is our regular end of the week news Roundup and open topic thread for the weekend. Here are a few recent links to kickoff the chat:

-Canadians feel financial squeeze
-Growing number lack emergency funds
-Fitch: Canadian market 20% overvalued
-CMHC could force banks to pay deductible
-Van & Toronto: Record building permits
-How to go broke on $400k a year
-Live with renters to help pay mortgage
-Complaints over monster homes
-Rejection of Chinese steel delays bridge
-Can China end BC school strike? (1:45)

So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!

Friday free-for-all!

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Its the end of another week and that means it’s Friday Free-for-all time!

This is our regular end of the week news round up and open topic discussion thread for the weekend.

-news links to come?

So what are you seeing out there?

Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!

FFFA! Millenials! Burbs! Owners! Rents!

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Hey looky here, it’s another weekend!

That means it’s time for our regular end of the week news roundup and open topic discussion thread for the weekend.

Here are a few recent links to kick off the chat:

-Millenials decamp to suburbs
-80% of renters under 50 want to own
-CANY VS COV
-Do you trust developers?
-Rents softening in Toronto
-AFL: scrap foreign worker program
-Cooling down in London

So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!

FFFA! Let’s weekend!

Friday, August 15th, 2014

You made it to the end of another week and that means it’s time for our regular end of the week news round up and open topic discussion thread.

Here are a few links to kick off the chat:

-Poloz closed door speech breaks custom
-CMHC: on course for soft landing
-TD: housing starts unsustainable
-Statscan rushing to redo July jobs data
-Apartments vs inflation
-OECD better life index

So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!

Friday Free-for-all! Luxury Credit.

Friday, August 8th, 2014

You made it to the end of another work week, and that means it’s time to do our regular Friday Free-for-all post here at VCI.

This is our end of the week news round up and open topic discussion thread for the weekend.

Here are a few recent links to kick off the chat:

-Price changes and credit (graph)
-Why so many doomers?
-High prices raise debt levels
-Perspective on foreign buyer levels
-3rd try for Versace in Vancouver

So what are you seeing out there? Post you news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!

FFFA! Let’s get this August started!

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Well here we are at the end of another work week. That’s means it’s time for another Friday free-for-all!

This is our open topic discussion thread for the weekend and news roundup. Here are a few links to kick off the chat.

-Genworth nears limit
-Canada should learn from Ireland
-Rich white men decide what’s racist
-US prices fall short of expectations

So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links thoughts and anecdotes here and have a great weekend!

Friday free-for-all!

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Here we are, the end of another week!

And what do you know, there’s been some rain in the rainforest lately.  Well what a bummer.  I can think of a lot worse places to be- like down in the streets, or down in the sewer… or even on the end of a skewer.

Lets get to our open topic discussion thread for the weekend, here are a few links to kick off the chat:

-How to protect yourself from a bubble
-Money into REITS instead of condos?
-City median income to average price
-BC tax revenues drop
-Greenspan: no stop without crunch
-Zillow to absorb Trulia?

So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!

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