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  • BT | A | Works » Families are being priced out of Vancouver, study shows
    0 COMMENTS Comments are closed RSS Subscribe ARTICLE CATEGORIES ALL 72 Data Desk 47 Research Papers 33 Observations 37 A Look Back 8 Media 25 Public Programming 7 Search Bing Thom Architects BTArchitects Join the conversation Data Desk March 21 2013 BTAworks Foreign Investment in Vancouver Real Estate Slide Presentation at SFU Woodwards The Presentation Slidedeck A special thanks to Am Johal Community Engag More Data Desk July 14 2011

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  • BT | A | Works » Empty condos not the problem downtown — it’s lack of room for families
    COMMENTS Comments are closed RSS Subscribe ARTICLE CATEGORIES ALL 72 Data Desk 47 Research Papers 33 Observations 37 A Look Back 8 Media 25 Public Programming 7 Search Bing Thom Architects BTArchitects Join the conversation Data Desk March 21 2013 BTAworks Foreign Investment in Vancouver Real Estate Slide Presentation at SFU Woodwards The Presentation Slidedeck A special thanks to Am Johal Community Engag More Data Desk July 14 2011 Sea

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    future real estate consumption and investment This brief will not examine the reasons behind the distributions and patterns but observations from our learned readers are welcomed Technical Notes This brief focused on properties in districts zoned as One Family Dwellings also known as RS Districts Not all single family homes in Vancouver are located in RS zonings as they are located throughout the City Hence single family homes in districts such as Two Family Dwelling Districts such as those found in neighborhoods such as Strathcona and special zoning districts like First Shaughnessy District were excluded Unlike the previous 2011 analysis the property values used in this 2012 analysis are derived from a modified properties database which excluded properties such as parks schools waterways and right of ways as well as ones with null values through Geographic Information System software As a consequence the total number of properties that were analyzed decreased from about 71 000 to 67 600 units However like the previous 2011 analysis total property values are derived from the sum of land and improvement values in the 2012 BC Assessment which themselves are valuations made in July 2011 For further details please visit the BC Assessor s website toward details of assessment valuation criteria Data Desk Observations March 13 2012 City of Strangers Two articles featuring 2006 Census data analyzed by BTAworks about Vancouver as a City of Immigrants and Outsiders and challenge developing the software of City Building Migration and immigration changing Vancouver into city of strangers by Jenny Uechi Vancouver Observer Lonely Town by Kate Zimmerman Calgary Herald A Look Back Data Desk Observations Research Papers January 16 2012 The 80 000 Line Single Family Housing Values in the City of Vancouver circa 1979 As our previous postings have explored the geographic distribution of the City of Vancouver s Single Family Housing prices in 2011 and its 1 000 000 line here is its counterpart from 1979 by Paul Raynor a planner extraordinaire and data guru in the City of Vancouver s Housing Centre Before the days of Excel and ArcGIS Mr Raynor mapped these Single Family Home values by hand For the benefit of our readers when one uses the Bank of Canada Inflation Calculator to adjust values to 2011 dollars the map scales would be 117 000 for a house worth 40 000 in 1979 and 876 000 for a house worth 300 000 in 1979 Incidentally a house valued at 80 000 in 1979 would be worth 234 000 in 2011 dollars This post also includes Raynor s observations and analysis which accompanied the map and was published in a City of Vancouver Quarterly Review in July 1979 Interestingly as Raynor ends his piece with the observation that improvements on the average largely defined as buildings on a property accounted for 46 percent of total values in 1979 this percentage dwindles to less than 20 percent by 2011 Data Desk Research Papers December 12 2011 The 0 3 Percent Properties under 500 000 in the City of Vancouver s Single Family Home Districts and Other Details After some post processing which excluded properties that were either parks right of ways railways side yards or boulevard medians as well as SPLOT properties Spaces Planners Left Over Time this posting will highlight some of the specific features from the recently published map of property values of single family home districts in the City of Vancouver We were able to isolate and find properties in the City s RS Districts for less than 500 000 all 182 of them which out of the 71 000 study properties which equates to about 0 3 percent of the study base To respect the privacy of individual homeowners we won t publish a map on their specific locations but highlight the characteristics of this population The characteristics include All properties were east of Main Being built between 1905 and 1996 Generally along major arterials or next to mass transit right of ways like the Expo line Valuations for land value far exceeded improvement values which is term that refers to buildings well beyond the overall patterns for the overall SFH population Other details in this map include Overall Patterns 42 percent of overall properties in the study population were over 1 million however as earlier identified this pattern is highly geographically uneven with Main Street and specifically Ontario Street being the principal dividing line with value shifts depending where a property falls either west or east of Ontario Street In one sample block with similar housing stock on either side properties west of Ontario were worth between 100 000 to 300 000 more than their counterparts east of it East of Main Patterns 7 percent of our study parcels east of Main were equal or more than 1 million in the 2011 BC Assessment or conversely 93 percent of our study parcels were under 1 million West of Main Patterns 89 percent of our study parcels west of Main were equal or more than 1 million in the 2011 BC Assessment or conversely 11 percent of parcels were under 1 million This Study in the News An interesting web dialogue has occured with the publication of this map and two subsequent analysis are of particular note one written by Pete McMartin in the Vancouver Sun and another by Gordon Price on his blog Price Tags Thank you Pete and Gordon for sharing your insights on these patterns Data Desk Research Papers December 10 2011 Main Street The City of Vancouver s Million Dollar Line Land zoned for single family housing represents about half of the overall land mass of the City of Vancouver As Vancouver strives to become the Greenest City on Earth this land and activities on it will invariably have a role in determining this outcome In turn its value will help influence what can and cannot occur on it and perhaps just as importantly who can and cannot afford to own it Using data from

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  • BT | A | Works » BTAworks Metro Vancouver Trick or Treater Count 2012 | #TreatCount2012
    design and socioeconomic status From last year s count Strathcona seemed to be epicenter of the Halloween spirit in Vancouver There was a distinct pattern in respondents and Trick or Treater hotspots and we re hoping to expand the number of data points from last year s count and to expand the count to Metro Vancouver It is interesting to note that the BTA social media channels have grown from 1 800 Twitter followers and 600 Facebook fans in October 2011 to over 3 300 Twitter followers and 900 Facebook fans in October 2012 Like last year we are hoping counters can email us at treatcount btaworks com or tweet us with their closest street intersection number of trick or treaters and candy type For example if you live near the corner of Main and 37th Ave with 40 Trick or Treaters and handing out lollipops just tweet with the hashtag treatcount2012 or email the message Main and 37 th Ave 40 lollipops We will process emails and tweets during first week of November and publish their results on this blog Thanks and Happy Halloween 0 COMMENTS Comments are closed RSS Subscribe ARTICLE CATEGORIES ALL 72 Data Desk 47 Research

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  • BT | A | Works » Data Desk
    just the student outflow into the independent system and the user fragmentation of primary and secondary education but also the effects of changing demography and housing costs and type to restrain the growth of the total number of families with children and number of children in Metro Vancouver Enrollment patterns illustrate a set of large urban planning consequences challenges and opportunities for cities in the region in term of affordable family oriented housing for low and middle income families family oriented development and the intensification and densification of schools as an educational land reserve Between a growing school aged student population higher relative birth rates and affordable family oriented housing growing public and independent school enrollment will likely remain the strongest in the City of Surrey for the near and intermediate future To download the brief and presentation click Public and Independent School Enrollment Growth and Decline in Burnaby Coquitlam Richmond Surrey and Vancouver Data Brief PDF Public and Independent School Enrollment Growth and Decline in Burnaby Coquitlam Richmond Surrey and Vancouver Summary Presentation PDF For Media Contacts Andrew Yan BTAworks Researcher ayan btaworks com 604 682 1881 Data Desk Media Observations November 15 2010 Why are the Public Elementary Schools East of Main Emptying A 3 part series in the Vancouver Sun by Pete McMartin examining the state of emptying elementary schools and its causes and impacts on the City of Vancouver A 2009 BTAworks study on the state of public elementary school enrollment in the City of Vancouver was cited in the article Any thoughts dear readers Data Desk Media Observations November 1 2010 Turning Schools into Neighbourhood Learning Hubs A great article in the Tyee by Katie Hyslop about the challenges and opportunities in declining enrollment and closing schools in the City of Vancouver with comments by Michael Heeney from Bing Thom Architects and Andy Yan from BTAworks Data Desk Media Observations Research Papers March 31 2010 Climate Change and the City of Vancouver The Georgia Straight recently published on cover article on BTAworks upcoming atlas and toolkit on the Neighborhood Effects of Global Climate Change Click here to read the article Watch this blog for Part One of the publication Data Desk Observations December 15 2009 The Long Road Back to the Downtown Vancouver of the 1940s While Vancouver s lack of Inner City Freeways is often cited as one of the nine decisions that saved paradise it did not necessarily stop sprawl but severely impeded More importantly it set the stage for the re urbanization of Vancouver s downtown core in the late 1990s and early 2000s Even so despite its recent history of residential condominium construction when viewed through the lens of history and as a proportion of overall City population Downtown Vancouver is only now recovering to levels that were last seen in 1941 Based on a historical census survey of Downtown census tracts and the rest of the City population from 1941 to 2006 growth outside the Downtown core has consistently been

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  • BT | A | Works » Join the Bing Thom Architects Facebook Fan Page
    Bing Thom Architects on Facebook 0 COMMENTS Comments are closed RSS Subscribe ARTICLE CATEGORIES ALL 72 Data Desk 47 Research Papers 33 Observations 37 A Look Back 8 Media 25 Public Programming 7 Search Bing Thom Architects BTArchitects Join the conversation Data Desk March 21 2013 BTAworks Foreign Investment in Vancouver Real Estate Slide Presentation at SFU Woodwards The Presentation Slidedeck A special thanks to Am Johal Community Engag More

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  • BT | A | Works » The Long Road Back to the Downtown Vancouver of the 1940s
    outside the Downtown core has consistently been more the rule than the exception From a high of 16 percent of the total City population living in the Downtown Peninsula including the West End in 1941 this proportion plummeted to 9 percent by 1961 but stabilized at 10 percent for most of the middle 20th Century Only since 1991 and the rediscovery of Downtown living has this proportion slowly inched back to its World War Two levels The significance of Downtown Vancouver s Urban U Turn should not be understated In the short space of 20 years 1986 to 2006 the population of Downtown Vancouver has more than doubled from 42 960 to 87 973 At the same time this growth builds on a preexisting DNA of dense urban living engrained in Vancouver as the Downtown population has never dipped below 40 000 people since 1966 As density grows outside the downtown core it will be curious to see if the proportion of the City population living in Downtown Vancouver will stabilize or even perhaps decrease Now instead of sprawl decimating the Downtown core the development of neighborhood centres and nodes could transform Vancouver from a one centre city to a

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  • BT | A | Works » Laneway Housing in the City of Vancouver: Let’s Make the Most of It
    laneway house as it limits unit size to a maximum of 750 square feet for single family lots with 50 foot frontages and approximate 500 square feet for the vast majority of lots with 33 foot frontages While the City s proposal will provide a new source of rental housing for a targeted population of seniors singles and couples the City s substantial condominium industry already produces a ready stream of this type of housing units Based upon our recent condominium ownership study the market has been very effective at producing a large number of small rental apartments Essentially investors have been buying small condos in droves and renting them out We do not actually need more of this type of housing what we do need are rental units with two or more bedrooms that can be occupied by young families so they can take advantage of infrastructure that already exists in our single family neighborhoods The City needs to find a way that they can encourage the market to produce this kind of housing and laneway housing could hold the key In other words rather than have a maximum size of 500 sf feet for a laneway house on a 33 foot lot the City should be using all its resources and creativity both inside and outside the Hall to figure out how to put livable and affordable secondary family units on a 33 foot lot The fact that the City is now allowing laneway houses to be built on a test case basis is a very positive step but unless more leeway can be given as to the size form and parking requirements for this housing the experiment will be of limited value We need to broaden the discussion by allowing larger units that could be inhabited by

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