Tag Archives: Transit

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 backpedaled

Saving character houses needs incentives and zoning By Elizabeth Murphy, Business in Vancouver, March 17, 2017 The city is moving away from downzoning, especially on non-character lots. This is a good thing because much public pushback was generated when they went too far by not … 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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Business in Vancouver – Transit Funding

Victoria’s civic tax grab a threat to local land-use authority By Elizabeth Murphy, Business in Vancouver, November 1, 2016 The province is about to impinge on the civic tax base, land-use authority and democracy by using development fees to fund transit and by … 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 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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Business in Vancouver – Affordability

Rezoning is increasing land speculation, reducing affordability By Elizabeth Murphy, Business in Vancouver, July 22, 2016 The rush to rezone fuels speculative land inflation that’s further exacerbated by unregulated foreign capital flows. The fact that the City of Vancouver already has ample … Continue reading

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Zoned Capacity – Grandview Plan

Housing affordability – Rush to Zone By Elizabeth Murphy, Common Ground Magazine, July 15, 2016 Grandview-Woodland slated for rezoning under the draft community plan is being rushed through for approval by City of Vancouver council before the end of July 2016, only … 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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Transit Funding

The unaffordable subway By Elizabeth Murphy, Common Ground Magazine, June 2016 Equivalent electric streetcar network deliverable for same cost of proposed Broadway Corridor subway (Prof. Patrick Condon, et al, 2008, “The case for the tram; learning from Portland, Sustainability by Design: An … Continue reading

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Federal funding for transit

Federal funding should support an accountable transit plan  By Elizabeth Murphy Common Ground Magazine  November 2015 Article Link As the new federal government considers going into debt to invest in transit, here are a few critical issues to consider. Transit needs … 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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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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Vision Vancouver chooses subway option without consulting

By Elizabeth Murphy, Contributing writer Vancouver Courier  TransLink recently released its Phase 2 study report on the three proposed shortlisted options for the Broadway-UBC corridor. Vancouver had already announced the subway option as preferred before engaging the affected communities on … 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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