Category Archives: Vancouver Sun

Britannia & community centres city-wide

Parks and recreation system under threat By Elizabeth Murphy, Vancouver Sun, Saturday September 30, 2017 Britannia school and field, part of the community centre complex. Elizabeth Murphy __________ The manufactured consent coming out of the city and Park Board bureaucratic machines has intensified over … Continue reading

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Parks, community centres & schools

Are amenity spaces destined to become housing development sites? By Elizabeth Murphy, Vancouver Sun, Saturday September 9, 2017 Parks and schools open green space are irreplaceable and become even more important as the city densifies. __________ Vancouver is designed to have neighbourhoods with parks, … Continue reading

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The Vancouver Special

‘Vancouver Specials’ offer many lessons By Elizabeth Murphy, Vancouver Sun, August 23, 2017 The Vancouver Special, centre right, would have replaced a demolished character house, such as the house on the left that is converted into multiple units. Elizabeth Murphy __________ The infamous … Continue reading

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STIR Resurrected

City repeating mistakes on affordable housing Density bonuses provide unintended consequences. By Elizabeth Murphy,  The Vancouver Sun  August 5, 2017 “Size matters for a number of reasons, not only because the buildings will not provide a proper fit for the neighbourhood. … Continue reading

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NDP government

BC Election priority: ending big money in politics By Elizabeth Murphy, Vancouver Sun, Monday, July 10, 2017 B.C. citizens voted in May’s provincial election to end big money in politics at the provincial and municipal levels. This was the primary election platform that … Continue reading

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Chinatown: 105 Keefer St. Public Hearing

Historic Chinatown becoming Yaletown North? By Elizabeth Murphy, Vancouver Sun, Saturday May 20, 2017 A rendering from the City of Vancouver report for the public hearing to rezone 105 Keefer Street. Handout / PNG __________ The controversial Chinatown condo tower rezoning at 105 … Continue reading

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Housing reset

Supply myth exposed, but more of the same By Elizabeth Murphy, Vancouver Sun, April 15, 2017 Vancouver keeps building housing units that few Vancouverites can afford. JONATHAN HAYWARD / THE CANADIAN PRESS __________ The City of Vancouver is finally admitting that they cannot … Continue reading

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Character house zoning

Saving Vancouver character houses through incentives By Elizabeth Murphy, Vancouver Sun, March 2, 2017 The City of Vancouver is reviewing incentives to retaining character houses, such as allowing additional suites. Elizabeth Murphy / PNG __________ The City of Vancouver is doing a character house … Continue reading

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Heritage and character houses

City hall must act quickly to save Vancouver heritage homes By Elizabeth Murphy, Vancouver Sun, December 2, 2016 Home at 4255 West 12th in Vancouver is yet another heritage home in the city that will soon be torn down.  The City of Vancouver … Continue reading

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Transit and Development

Density not the answer to transit funding By Elizabeth Murphy, Vancouver Sun, October 11, 2016 The B.C. Liberals seem to think that using development to fund transit and making increased density a requirement of transit funding are vote-getters, writes Elizabeth Murphy. Gerry Kahrmann / … Continue reading

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Housing principles

Affordable housing needs systemic changes By Elizabeth Murphy, Vancouver Sun, Saturday August 27, 2016 Increasing housing supply is often promoted by government, and vested interests, as the solution to the affordable housing crisis. In fact, the current record-breaking level of rezoning and development in … Continue reading

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Housing supply clarified

Affordable housing myths and facts By Elizabeth Murphy, Vancouver Sun, August 19, 2016 The city’s consultant’s report of June 2014 confirmed, “the City has sufficient capacity in existing zoning and approved community plans to accommodate over 20 years of supply at the recent … Continue reading

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Grandview Woodland Community Plan

Affordability jeopardized in new Grandview plan By Elizabeth Murphy, Vancouver Sun, August 8, 2016 Elizabeth Murphy believes the newly passed Grandview-Woodland Community Plan jeopardizes affordability by putting existing affordable rentals, heritage and character at risk in spite of community opposition. Photo courtesy Stephen Bohus, … Continue reading

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Housing Supply

Affordability Crisis: More of the same not the solution By Elizabeth Murphy, Vancouver Sun, July 8, 2016 City of Vancouver consultants reports confirmed there is sufficient capacity in existing zoning and approved community plans to accommodate over 20 years of supply at the … Continue reading

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Extravagant Transit Plan

Opinion: Metro Vancouver needs an affordable transportation plan By Elizabeth Murphy, Vancouver Sun, June 26, 2016   Recent announcements on transit funding in B.C. with Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, Premier Christy Clark and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (left to right) seem to be … Continue reading

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School Demolitions

Opinion:  Queen Mary heritage school demolition short-sighted Province’s refusal to consider future school facilities costs more down the road By Elizabeth Murphy, Special to The Vancouver Sun  February 12, 2016 Queen Mary Elementary School in West Point Grey is being reduced in … Continue reading

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Chinatown under threat

Newest tower proposal too much for historic Chinatown By Elizabeth Murphy, Special to The Vancouver Sun  January 8, 2016 The Dr. Sun Yat-sen Garden is a true gem for not just Chinatown, but all of Vancouver. Photograph by: Arlen Redekop … Continue reading

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Federal Housing Issues

Opinion: Federal action needed on housing  Foreign investors: Funding and taxation regulations – even criminal laws – must be addressed By Elizabeth Murphy, Special to The Vancouver Sun  October 17, 2015 Canadian cities like Vancouver need federal policies to address housing affordability issues. … Continue reading

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Federal Election: Transit infrastructure essential

Opinion: Civic infrastructure funding essential Make investment in transit affordable, and democratically implemented By Elizabeth Murphy, Special to The Vancouver Sun  October 3, 2015 JULY 2 2015. Transit troubles in Vancouver, B.C. on July 3, 2015. The vote is no for the proposed … Continue reading

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Heritage retention a priority

Opinion: Retaining our character and heritage homes must be a priority By Elizabeth Murphy, Special to The Vancouver Sun September 14, 2015 Elizabeth Murphy believes that Vancouver needs a balance of incentives to encourage retention that is fair to homeowners, so that … Continue reading

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Transportation Plebiscite: The plan is the problem

Transit plebiscite vote was a rejection of TransLink’s plan Look at more affordable transportation options to cover more of the region is needed By Elizabeth Murphy, Special to The Vancouver Sun  July 13, 2015 The 62 per cent No vote result … Continue reading

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Vancouver’s growth by the real numbers

Opinion: Let’s plan for people, not profit Misleading: Figures city uses to justify increased residential zoning don’t stand up to scrutiny By Elizabeth Murphy, Special to The Vancouver Sun  April 2, 2015 Vancouver can do better than build a concrete jungle of … Continue reading

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Community planning by lottery

Opinion: Communities shut out of planning  Grandview residents upset: They feel city is paying lip service to their input on changes By Elizabeth Murphy, Special to The Vancouver Sun  July 16, 2014 The grassroots community in Grandview feels the city continues … Continue reading

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City’s Heritage Action Plan needs work

Opinion: City’s plan insufficient to preserve heritage homes Building-codes changes needed to make renovation, restoration viable By Elizabeth Murphy, Special to The Vancouver Sun  June 9, 2014  3:29 PM Two Tudor-style houses known as the Two Dorothies were recently saved from demolition … Continue reading

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Saving Character Homes

Opinion: We’ve saved character homes before  Vancouver could improve policies to reduce demolitions of character buildings By Elizabeth Murphy, Special to The Vancouver Sun  May 24, 2014 The City of Vancouver has approved a demolition permit for the Legg House, an … Continue reading

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Local funds shouldn’t pay for transit

Opinion: If Victoria and Ottawa don’t pay, property taxes and development fees are diverted from other programs By Elizabeth Murphy, Special to The Vancouver Sun July 23, 2013 5:04 PM TransLink’s Canada Line trains were already at capacity at peak … Continue reading

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Vancouver’s development plan lacks public input

Opinion: If you haven’t heard about it, you’re not alone By Elizabeth Murphy, Special to The Vancouver Sun   (Shown above) Vancouver’s over-arching plan that will direct all development in the City of Vancouver for the next 30 years has been … Continue reading

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Transportation 2040 report fatally flawed

Opinion: Both the funding model and land-use planning strategy take power away from municipality By Elizabeth Murphy, Special to The Vancouver Sun This map of rapid transit station areas and corridors appears in Appendix A of the City of Vancouver’s … Continue reading

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New policies will not make Vancouver housing affordable

Rezoning concepts from Mayor Gregor Robertson’s Task Force on Housing are more likely to put existing older units at risk of demolition By Elizabeth Murphy, Special to The Vancouver Sun  Map  by:  courtesy , Stephen Bohus BLA  – (Originally submitted to … Continue reading

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Opinion: Protect green zone to stop sprawl

Vancouver needs a more balanced approach to manage growth, affordability By Elizabeth Murphy, Special to The Vancouver Sun Urban sprawl will not be contained until there is legislation that better prevents development into the green zones of agricultural, forested and … Continue reading

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