Category Archives: Vancouver Sun

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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