Tag Archives: growth

Does density make people happy?

Is there a ‘good’ and a ‘bad’ kind of density?

Is density for its own sake an improvement to a city?

Gordon Clark has an opinion piece over at the Vancouver Province about density and it’s effect on people in the city.

Perhaps I’d feel better about all the growth if someone could point to some positives. But where are all the natural history museums, art galleries and other great cultural features common to other large cities? Despite the growth, we’re not acquiring any of the cultural attributes of large cities that at least provide some trade-off to a hectic life in an urban jungle. Let’s face it, we’re an artistic wasteland compared with truly great cities. How are all those condo towers blocking the spectacular views of the North Shore mountains and the ocean making us more interesting?

What do you think? Are community and culture getting shafted in the race to density and growth or are long term Vancouverites just grouchy and looking at the past through rose coloured glasses?

 

FFFA! Price! Decline! How low?

Hey! You made it to the end of another work week!

Now it’s time for us to do 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:

How low will house prices go?
Banks see slowing mortgage growth
Vancouver prices soften
13k party time!
Bad time to be a realtor?
Pricing property in a falling market
Majority want to invest but cant afford to
Goodbye Waldorf
Sales sunnier outside Vancouver
A relaxing 80 minute drive
Gov loses student loan info

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

Friday Free-for-all!

Hey, guess what? You made it to the end of another work week.  It’s friday and that means it’s time for us to kick back with our open topic discussion thread for the weekend.  Here are a few links to get the conversation started:

Will the US outpace Canadian growth?
The housing bubble makes us rich
Flying too close to the sun?
Vancouver slides, Toronto ‘balanced’
Commercial RE cheaper to buy 
A campaign based on video games
Mondo condo listings
Updated Real estate bubble chart book
Consumer debt growing slower
What to make of new HPI?
Olympic plunge in London prices
Comment formatting tips

 

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

Friday Free-for-all!

Yeah! It’s friday and that means it’s time for the sun to shine and for us to do our regular end of the week news round up and open topic discussion thread. Here are a few recent links to kick off the chat:

Updated inventory graph, still climbing!
2 experts debate the bubble
Blame Canada? Blame Europe!
Nokia shutting down Burnaby
Why low and stable prices are good
Will sunshine bring a tear of joy?
‘Rodeo drive north’ going south
Van West tilting at windmills
West Van sales party over
OECD: Canada suffering Dutch Disease
Bubble fears a boon to alternative lenders

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

Friday Free-for-all!

Yeah, it’s the weekend!  That means it’s time for our regular end of the week news round-up and open topic discussion thread, here are a few recent links to kick off the chat:

18k Inventory party!
Updated inventory graph
Taxpayers victims of ‘hot money’
Welcome to Effluent Richmond
1 month later Telus still not sold out
special offer, $510,000 off
CMHC dismisses bubble talk
The CMHC board of directors
Silver linings of slow growth economy
Condo craze gets crazier
Wolverine moves down under
Huge drop in Chinese immigrants
Building permits rise, just not here
Pastrick thinks prices might fall
Buying with 5% down?
Time to cash out?
Condo owner, why so glum?

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