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  • BT | A | Works » The Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts: A View from 1969 Vancouver
    from the perspective of 2015 one sees the spirit of optimism and advancement between the lines of this document between the development of the Viaduct the Museum Planetarium complex various infrastructure improvements and downtown development Pacific Centre with a new Eatons store the Toronto Dominion Bank Headquarters underground retail mall and project would start construction in 1970 With the viaduct were open the City would then pursue the state of Project 200 a 15 year 300 million 1 9 billion development of Project 200 Office Tower Canada Square and a second office tower that may be entirely used by the Federal Government Also announced in this report the 25 000 000 160 million first stage of a 50 plus storey Provincial Government offices tower After all this new downtown development and infrastructure expansion we will shortly have a downtown of which all the citizens of Vancouver can be very proud Attached to this progress report is also a budget for the City of Vancouver In 1968 the City of Vancouver spend 101 million 628 million in 2015 dollars for operating and maintaining the City By 2015 the annual City of Vancouver budget would be 1 2 billion in expenditures 0

    Original URL path: http://www.btaworks.com/2015/10/29/the-georgia-and-dunsmuir-viaducts-a-view-from-1969-vancouver/ (2016-04-28)
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  • BT | A | Works » A Window into the Floors and Ceilings of Riding Population Densities in Canadian Federal Elections
    Nunavut at 0 01 people per hectacre at its lowest to 112 people per hectacre in the riding of Papineau in Montreal at its densest To visualize what a hectacre is it is about the size of the field within a 400 metre running track It s important to note that as a result of the 2012 federal electoral redistribution the number of electoral districts was increased to 338 from 308 for these previous elections with additional seats based on population assigned to Alberta 6 British Columbia 6 Ontario 15 and Quebec 3 Nevertheless the question would be how riding population density might be an indicator or even motivator of party choice The above chart is what happens when you take every seat won by party organized by riding population density from the 2006 2008 and 2011 federal elections The Conservative seats were all from ridings of less than 50 people per hectacre the Liberals were between 0 0001 to 112 people per hectacre the New Democrat Party were between 0 0001 to 101 people per hectacre the Bloc seats were between 0 003 to 113 people per hectacre the Greens at 2 3 people per hectacre and Independents held ridings that were between 0 09 to 0 13 people per hectacre The slide below illustrates the average and the median population density per hectacre by party Not surprisingly there are very different patterns depending on what party one is examining over three elections As perhaps a possible predictor of who might or might not win and where here is the party riding by riding population densities for 2011 It is perhaps the subject of further much deeper study to look at the specific reasons why these patterns occur Some final notes A special thanks to Mark Heeney the BTAworks

    Original URL path: http://www.btaworks.com/2015/10/14/a-window-into-the-floors-and-ceilings-of-riding-population-densities-in-canadian-federal-elections/ (2016-04-28)
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  • BT | A | Works » A “Tree Rings” View of Residential Properties by Year Built in Metro Vancouver
    residential property stock It can be argued that Metro Vancouver area is a product of the late 20th century as 80 percent of its residential properties were built after 1971 While the City of Vancouver and the City of New Westminster do have a stock of residential buildings that date back to the late 19th and early 20th Century the overwhelming mass of residential buildings in the region are from the late 20th century The early 1980s and the late 1990s seems to be corrective slowdown moments to make the end of large periods of residential property construction The impact of pubic policy on residential property can be observed acutely as condominiums were only created with the passing of the Strata Act of 1972 and of which took several years before they were constructed in mass For a comprehensive history of the Strata Act and its impact on the housing markets in the City of Vancouver please click here Interestingly peak single family housing construction seems to have occurred in 1989 with 10 560 units and the strata residential condos at 17 259 in 2008 There are some technical notes about the data and use of this chart This chart covers residential properties in Vancouver and NOT buildings Strata residential also known as condos are registered as individual units that are counted in this chart but not necessarily individual buildings For example 250 units built in 1996 that can be a single building but registered as separate 250 properties in 1996 While data is from the 2015 BC Assessment Rolls it ends at the year 2014 as Assessments are made every July to July and the Year published for each assessment is made as of July of the previous year For example the 2015 Assessment is actually done in July

    Original URL path: http://www.btaworks.com/2015/10/06/a-tree-rings-view-of-residential-properties-in-metro-vancouver/ (2016-04-28)
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  • BT | A | Works » The 2015 $1 million Line for Single Family Residential Properties in Metro Vancouver
    properties as either above or under 1 million While known as the 2015 Assessment these values reflect a valuation made in July 2014 Note that Total Assessment Values for S F Res properties worth a total of less than 100 000 were excluded in the map and value calculations Certain calculations will differ between graphs due to rounding A special extension of this map series is the inclusion of estimated lifetime transportation costs to the total assessment values Derived from the recently published and magnificent Metro Vancouver Housing and Transportation Cost Burden Study these maps illustrate how housing values shift once transportation costs are accounted for In an H Housing T Transportation approach it looks of connects housing affordability with transportation costs Transportation costs are often excluded from housing costs of which provides a skewed impression on the actual costs of household maintenance What initially seems like affordable single family residential housing away from the urban core and in a car dependent suburban location can be deceptive as it excludes the total costs of transportation of living in such communities The average annual 2011 transportation costs faced by working households who are owners with mortgages by municipalities was multiplied by 25 and 30 to reflect the possible lifetime costs of transportation for households in these municipalities and added to the total values of each properties in each municipality Admittedly this is a blunt means of transportation cost calculations but with further refinement it is expected to better reflect the real total costs of living away from the town centers of the region and in most cases being car dependent Future refinements such as using Net Present Value for lifetime transportation costs will likely further add more pressures of transportation costs onto housing values Note that the transportation data for Anmore Belcarra Lions Bay Bowen Island and Tsawwassen First Nation were not shown due to data reliability considerations Some key observations are 28 percent 111 659 of all Single Family Residences in Metro Vancouver had a total assessment of more than 1 000 000 in 2014 With the composition of Single Family Residences for each municipality 100 percent of the Single Family Residences in the University Endowment Lands are valued at over 1 million followed the District of West Vancouver 95 percent the City of Vancouver 62 the Village of Belcarra 60 the Village of Anmore 60 and District of North Vancouver 50 From 2014 to 2015 the number of 1 million Single Family Residences in Metro Vancouver increased by 23 percent from 91 000 properties in 2014 to 111 659 properties in 2015 The five largest percentage increases in the number of 1 million and above homes were found in the District of Maple Ridge 96 54 in 2014 to 106 in 2015 City of Port Moody 81 320 to 578 City of Port Coquitlam 79 43 to 73 the City of New Westminster 64 308 to 504 and the City of North Vancouver 52 1 221 to 1 858

    Original URL path: http://www.btaworks.com/2015/09/15/the-2015-1-million-line-for-single-family-residential-properties-in-metro-vancouver/ (2016-04-28)
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  • BT | A | Works » Islands in a Rising Tide: The 2015 $1 Million Line for Single Family Properties in the City of Vancouver
    animated gif for both map types It is important to note that assessment values are not necessarily current market values and reflect assessments as of July of the previous year so an assessment value of 2015 was made in July 2014 and 2010 was made in July 2009 Not all property assessments could be traced from the 2015 to 2010 assessments After this data editing the final total data universe was about 68 600 viable properties records To place the changes in assessment values in context inflation adjusted 2010 assessment values were also used Some key observations are There is no longer a distinct 1 million line in the City of Vancouver but rather clusters of sub 1 million Single Family Properties SFP surrounded by a rising tide of 1 million and above SFPs In 2015 66 percent of all Single Family Properties in the City of Vancouver have a total assessment of over 1 million In 2010 when adjusted for inflation 33 percent of all SFPs in the City of Vancouver were assessed at more than 1 million 99 percent of Single Family Properties west of Ontario Street were assessed at over 1 million in 2015 44 percent of Single Family Properties east of Ontario Street are over 1 million in 2015 The number of luxury properties worth over 5 million nearly tripled from 373 in 2010 to 1 282 in 2015 There are no longer any single family properties in the City of Vancouver with total assessments under 500 000 in 2015 Total assessments for all SFPs increased by 11 on the average in the City of Vancouver Out of the City of Vancouver s 20 planning areas South Cambie saw the highest percent increases of 15 followed by a four way tie of Single Family Properties in

    Original URL path: http://www.btaworks.com/2015/03/17/islands-in-a-rising-tide-the-1-million-line-for-single-family-properties-in-the-city-of-vancouver-2015-edition/ (2016-04-28)
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  • BT | A | Works
    is how big the Tranlink service area is intrusted to serve the Translink service area is bigger than the systems found in Chicago Montreal and Toronto While transit in the region is not perfect Rush Reports reminded twice a day for five days a week on the television and radio about the inadequacies of a car dependent region The Metro Vancouver region is more interdependent than ever before For example more workers who live in Surrey now go to jobs within Surrey than commute between Surrey and Vancouver The municipalities surrounding Vancouver have the most to lose in a No vote where they ve seen tremendous amounts of growth in a very short amount of time growth that is straining the aging transportation infrastructure and in places where there is no alternative but a car today From an architectural perspective a well thought transit system is the foundation of a sustainable city Over 10 years ago a decision was made to locate a new university campus adjacent to a transit exchange in suburban Surrey Students are significant users of transit with low incomes and very limited choices to drive Today at SFU Surrey over 80 percent of students take transit to campus and Surrey City Centre is emerging to becoming the next great downtown in the region A Yes vote continues a momentum in municipalities outside Vancouver like Surrey Port Coquitlam and North Vancouver for the next generation of their residents Contemporary architecture and planning use transit as the base of creating wonderful communities that are economically socially and ecologically sustainable However in order to continue to do this effectively there needs to be more certainty in how when and where transit is developed a Yes vote in this plebiscite begins to establish this certainty A protest No vote will not ensure that Translink is more accountable user responsive and transparent For this to occur we need to look to the municipal and provincial elections and those we elect Michael Heeney is a principal with Bing Thom Architects and Andy Yan a planner with BTA is also an adjunct professor at the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia Note A version of this Opinion piece was published in the paper and electronic March 17 2015 editions of the Province newspaper To see the piece click this link Data Desk Research Papers March 17 2015 Islands in a Rising Tide The 2015 1 Million Line for Single Family Properties in the City of Vancouver Click the above image to activate gif animation Click the above image to activate gif animation A special thanks to Pete McMartin from the Vancouver Sun To read his opinion piece on the maps please click here Additional thanks to Emily Jackson from Vancouver Metro and Andrea Woo from the Globe and Mail on their coverage The 2015 BTAworks 1 Million Line edition marks the fourth edition of this map Since 2011 we have mapped the change in total assessment values for Vancouver single family properties through data made available on the City of Vancouver s Open Data Catalogue This year s analysis followed in the footsteps of previous maps but the 2015 editions have been based on more edited property assessment value datasets that excludes properties that are classified as single family parcels such as those in parks or right of ways In addition to total assessed values over and under 1 million we have included a breakdown of properties categories in 1 million intervals as well as included an animated gif for both map types It is important to note that assessment values are not necessarily current market values and reflect assessments as of July of the previous year so an assessment value of 2015 was made in July 2014 and 2010 was made in July 2009 Not all property assessments could be traced from the 2015 to 2010 assessments After this data editing the final total data universe was about 68 600 viable properties records To place the changes in assessment values in context inflation adjusted 2010 assessment values were also used Some key observations are There is no longer a distinct 1 million line in the City of Vancouver but rather clusters of sub 1 million Single Family Properties SFP surrounded by a rising tide of 1 million and above SFPs In 2015 66 percent of all Single Family Properties in the City of Vancouver have a total assessment of over 1 million In 2010 when adjusted for inflation 33 percent of all SFPs in the City of Vancouver were assessed at more than 1 million 99 percent of Single Family Properties west of Ontario Street were assessed at over 1 million in 2015 44 percent of Single Family Properties east of Ontario Street are over 1 million in 2015 The number of luxury properties worth over 5 million nearly tripled from 373 in 2010 to 1 282 in 2015 There are no longer any single family properties in the City of Vancouver with total assessments under 500 000 in 2015 Total assessments for all SFPs increased by 11 on the average in the City of Vancouver Out of the City of Vancouver s 20 planning areas South Cambie saw the highest percent increases of 15 followed by a four way tie of Single Family Properties in Kensington Cedar Cottage Mount Pleasant Riley Park and West Point Grey 14 At 8 single family properties in Arbutus Ridge saw the lowest increases Between the 2015 to 2010 Assessment Years the fastest growing value category were homes assessed at between 4 million to 5 million grew by 408 followed by homes between 3 to 4 million by 363 and homes worth more than 5 million which grew by 243 The only value category to decline in number were single family properties under 1 million by 45 Data Desk Media Public Programming Research Papers October 15 2014 Vancouver in the 21st Century THANK YOU A belated thank you to SFU

    Original URL path: http://www.btaworks.com/page/2/ (2016-04-28)
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  • BT | A | Works » BTAworks Foreign Investment in Vancouver Real Estate Slide Presentation at SFU Woodwards
    investment in Vancouver real estate Hopefully this will be part of a larger discussion about housing affordability and economic and physical development in an urban global age for Vancouver 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

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  • BT | A | Works » Sea Level Rise will Mark a Sea Change for Vancouver Coastline
    to rising sea levels The toolkit also examined some of the financial implications of sea level rise Using a recently published provincial paper on sea dikes as a technical reference and its estimate of a 1 metre sea level rise for the coast line of British Columbia by 2100 the toolkit was able to generate estimates on some of the financial implications of sea level rise If we expect key infrastructure and public investments like sewage plants and parks to last over 100 years this provincial paper provides some major scientific and engineering insights into what and where we can build Keenan mentions This report represents the best and most current thought on how the BC coastline might change in the face of sea level rise and a framework through which we developed our toolkit estimates While a 1 metre sea level rise seems conservative its implications are dramatic when various coastal engineering criteria such as high tides and storm surges are accounted for According to the provincial report 5 6 metres could become the new flood construction elevation level in the Vancouver harbour for the year 2100 once these are factored in When combined with the 2011 land assessment values the BTAworks toolkit estimates that over 25 billion worth of Vancouver real estate could be negatively affected by sea level rise Additionally the researchers caution that this does not reflect the value of existing physical and utilities infrastructure such as roads sewers and electrical facilities on these lands When this is accounted for the final costs of sea level rise are much higher The toolkit goes into further detail with the costs of defending Vancouver shoreline Depending on the type of coastal defense from earth dike to seawall it could cost 255 to 510 million however Keenan notes that this estimate does not include any land acquisition for these dikes which could go into the billions This is a cursory look at the potential costs and effects of sea level rise to City but we felt that some kind of dollar estimate can illustrate what is at stake for Vancouver and indeed when it comes to sea level rise Much more research and collaboration needs to be done to fine tune it The toolkit concludes with the three recommendations Firstly it concludes that the tool kit is a first step towards understanding the impact of sea level rise but that a Metro Vancouver wide study is badly needed as a piecemeal municipality by municipality study is not enough It points to the need for data for all municipalities to be readily available to facilitate this work Secondly it highlights the need for public and policy discussions around developing a Sea Level Rise Planning Area for those portions of the coastline that would be the most heavily affected by rising sea levels This type of zoning would help us to place major land use and infrastructure changes in the context of a changing coastline Thirdly a need for a popular

    Original URL path: http://www.btaworks.com/2011/07/14/sea-level-rise-will-mark-a-sea-change-for-vancouver-coastline/ (2016-04-28)
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