Penny Gurstein: We need data on who is buying homes in Metro Vancouver

“Give us data” rally calls on governments to research home buyers

An affordable housing rally called on governments to research who is buying homes in Metro Vancouver.

Having the data will help bring solutions to what many call a crisis, says UBC planning professor Penny Gurstein.

“[Having the data] it makes it very obvious what the issue is, so you identify the issues, and you try and actually make policies and programs that address those issues,” Gurstein said.

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Banning Cars in Downtown Vancouver Could Work

SCARP Professor Larry Frank thinks that banning cars in downtown Vancouver on Saturdays, as is done in Amsterdam, would encourage pedestrian and cyclist traffic and reduce congestion. An article in the online news service, News 1130 talks about Dr. Frank's idea that Granville and Robson streets would benefit from days without cars.

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Tue Apr 21 2015
By: Joanne Abshire
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Urban planners and SCARP faculty speak out against diminishing respect for city planning in Vancouver

A group of local urban planners and members of the School of Community and Regional Planning have written a public letter expressing their concern relating "...to both the need for an overall planning framework for the city but also many individual project approvals which ignore long held planning values about the need for new developments to fit in with their surroundings.” Articles in the Vancouver Courier and Georgia Straight newspapers explore the criticisms levelled at the City by the group.

Vancouver Courier

Penny Gurstein - Vancouver Sun OpEd on Planning for Vancouver Growth

Dr. Penny Gurstein, Director of the School of Community and Regional Planning, has written an OpEd piece in the Vancouver Sun about a new plan for the city as a fair and just community for all of its citizens.


Ranked near the worst in Canada for home ownership affordability and vacancy rates as well as commercial rents for small businesses, it's time to focus on social sustainability.







Two Faculty Positions in Planning

School of Community and Regional Planning invites applications for: 

Associate or Full Professor (tenure)
Assistant Professor (tenure-track)

For more detail please visit Careers at SCARP

The deadline for applications is 31 October 2019.


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