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  • BT | A | Works » A Flickr Slideshow of the Works of Harland Bartholomew and Associates for the City of Vancouver
    Architecture and Landscape Architecture SALA who are helping at the Harland Bartholomew Event on April 26 Thien Phan SCARP 11 Metha Brown SCARP 11 Yazmin Banuelas SCARP 12 Lindsay Neufeld SCARP 12 Jaime Yee SALA 12 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

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  • BT | A | Works » Closing Schools in the City of Vancouver circa 1928
    apart Furthermore a modern elementary school of this size is incomplete without an adequate playground serving all the recreational needs of the children of the district School siting and design parameters for this modern school included items such as a site of at least five acres with provision for at least 100 square feet of unobstructed play space per child and no other interest should occupy space in the same block Schools should not be located near major streets Indeed Bartholomew lamented It is unfortunate that so many sites have been located on what are or what are planned to be major streets Theoretically the school might be located in the centre of the rectangle formed by the intersection of major streets It should be borne in mind for future locations that major streets are not desirable neighborhood for school sites In 1928 seven schools five elementary Aberdeen Central Dawson Kitsilano and MacDonald with three high schools Britannia Annex Fairview and King George were slated for abandonment Some of the parameters for closure included inadequate playground area and location on an arterial and or business district Aberdeen Elementary was cited as located on a major thoroughfare on which commercial development may be expected in the immediate future Not on the list but cited in the paper and located on the corner of Granville and Broadway and ultimately closed Commercial High School was seen as retarding desirable business development Based on a brief history of Vancouver schools by Val Hamilton the final fates of the eight schools slated for abandonment in 1928 were as follows For a view of how the school sites look like today click the intersection link for a Google Street View in each entry Aberdeen Elementary located at Burrard and Barclay was closed in 1942 Central Elementary located at Pender and Hamilton was closed in 1946 but redeveloped as the Vancouver Vocational Institute also known as the Vancouver Community College Downtown Campus Dawson Elementary located at Burrard and Helmcken was closed in 1972 Fairview located at Broadway and Granville was closed in 1927 but would be redeveloped as the offices of the Vancouver School Board The Britannia Annex located at East 1 st Avenue and Park Drive would close in 1928 but eventually be relocated and evolve into the Britannia Community School perhaps one of the best examples of integrated community programming and multi user facilities in the City and region Kitsilano School located at West 4 th Avenue and Yew was closed in 1932 and Interestingly MacDonald Elementary located at Hastings and Victoria which survived this 1928 original cut is now and again one of the five school candidates slated for closure in 2010 School closures in the City of Vancouver are not without precedence as both elementary and secondary schools have closed relocated and reopened throughout its 125 year history However closing schools can have long reaching intended and unintended consequences Bartholomew reflected an era of planning when downtown was intended to be a citadel

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  • BT | A | Works » The Bartholomew Plan and the False Creek Flats: Taking Industry to the Heart of the City
    was never officially adopted Interestingly this was also when the City was split up between Point Grey South Vancouver and Vancouver In the heyday of train oriented goods movement of the 1920s and 1930s and Vancouver as Canada s Pacific Gateway Bartholomew suggested that the City would be best served with if the False Creek Flats and indeed most of today s Strathcona were developed as a light industrial six

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  • BT | A | Works » A Pattern for Tomorrow: Regional Planning in Metro Vancouver 1.0
    and Outline Plan for the Development of the Lower Mainland Region of British Columbia marks the very first attempt at a comprehensive regional plan for Metro Vancouver As a Pattern for Tomorrow this map illustrates a vision for Metro Vancouver for the futuristic date of 1990 when presumably the region s citizens would be driving jet cars and in need of a multitude of airports from Point Grey to Hope On a more practical side this map also captures the nascent desire for an Agricultural Land Reserve in the Fraser Valley As for the the LMRPB it was disbanded in 1967 and replaced by regional districts which served a coordination and planning function for groups of municipalities The provincial government had established the regional district concept in 1965 and the Greater Vancouver Regional District GVRD held its first board of directors meeting on July 12 1967 In 2007 the GVRD changed its name to Metro Vancouver but still legally titled as the GVRD Today Metro Vancouver is a federation of 18 municipalities and two electoral areas whose membership includes the cities of Burnaby Coquitlam Langley New Westminster North Vancouver Port Coquitlam Port Moody Richmond Vancouver White Rock and Surrey Districts

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  • BT | A | Works » Back to the Future: Harland Bartholomew’s Street Profiles for Metro Vancouver
    plan would set the tone for Vancouver s urban structure In the spirit of what is old is new again the plan contained this profile and typology set for major and minor streets in the region Add a few cycling lanes and these profiles could be placed in any contemporary urban plan 1 COMMENT Comments are closed Kate G 05 15 09 at 12 01pm I d love to read

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  • BT | A | Works » Visualizing Commute Patterns in Metro Vancouver
    analyses click this link for the Statistics Canada Commuting Flow data page To graphically illustrate where workers who living in Vancouver Surrey Richmond Coquitlam and Surrey are commuting BTAworks is using a chord diagram generated by Circos a visualization software package developed by Martin Krzywinski at the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre at the BC Cancer Agency and used to visualize genomic data and molecular biology the above diagram was generated by mashing up Circos with Place of work data from Statistics Canada With these limitations in mind a pattern immediately worth noting is how most workers commute within their municipality of residents Far from a Central City Suburb model of workers living in the suburbs and commuting in Downtown Vancouver the majority or in certain cases pluralities of workers live and work in their municipality of residents For example 68 percent of residents in Vancouver work in Vancouver 46 percent of workers who live Surrey work in Surrey 36 percent of Burnaby residents work in Burnaby 55 percent of residents in Richmond work in Richmond and 24 percent of Coquitlam residents work in Coquitlam For a full explanation on how to read the chart please click here Metro Vancouver

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    is equivalent to 36 Central Parks or the entire land mass of the City of San Francisco By boroughs New York will be unevenly distributed by flooding risk as Queen s at 36 of its land area would be the most heavily affected compared to 8 of Manhattan who which would be the least By square footage one and two family houses are the heavily affected land use type in New York City About 9 percent 325 000 units of the City s housing stock is under the 1 Flood Elevation While the full assessed value of New York City is about 1 trillion the assessed value of properties under a 1 flood elevation is 111 billion In 2012 about 1 3 million people live in an 1 Flood Zone 23 of the total population living under the Flood Elevation is Hispanic compared to 18 of the total NYC patterns In 1983 33 square miles of New York City is in a 100 year floodplain By 2050 and projected effect of climate change 72 square miles of New York City will be in a 100 year flood plain Data Desk Observations Research Papers January 29 2014 Changes in Total Property Assessment Values in the City of Vancouver by Percentage 2013 2014 With the publication of the 2014 BC Assessment property value dataset on the City of Vancouver s Open Data Catalogue BTAworks wanted to extend its annual 1 million line Single Family properties analysis to the entire City of Vancouver and all property types After overcoming a key technical challenge see note below We wanted to explore how the values of Vancouver real estate changes over a single year as each dot on the map represents one single property What s interesting about these value changes may not necessarily be what happens to a single dot but rather a cluster of dots or distinct area of dots in particular neighbourhoods as they reflect changes in public policy real estate market sentiment or simply demand for properties in a particular land use type Citywide the total property value of the City of Vancouver was 283 billion in 2014 which represents an increase of 2 3 percent 6 4 billion from 2013 When broken down by land use types total value changes ranged vastly from an increase of 10 percent for light industrial use to a decrease of 17 percent for limited agricultural uses Light industrial zones saw the highest percentage increases in total values at 10 percent followed by Industrial 7 percent Historic area 6 8 percent and Commercial uses 5 percent While likely the effect of high pre existing total values values in one family dwelling areas only increased by 1 4 percent Please see the accompanying table but note that data points such as transportation right of ways may not be assigned a land use category and are listed as Data Unavailable Nevertheless as BTAworks expands this analysis to a longer time series it will be interesting to see if these value patterns of increases and declines hold for various land use types over time In terms of specific portions of the City of Vancouver properties that saw increases of total values by over 25 percent were clustered on the West End Downtown Eastside and Mount Pleasant area Properties in the inner city light industrial and industrial areas and port areas saw 25 percent or more increases in total values Strips of properties along Kingsway Main Street areas around Granville and Arbutus Street also saw major increases in property values Interestingly most properties in Vancouver s Single Family Home districts saw relatively flat patterns and in certain cases declines It would be interesting to explore the causes of these patterns but it is important to note that give the rapid ascent of the Single Family properties values in the City of Vancouver value shifts up or down could reflect the inertia of already high property values While this analysis will not examine the particular reasons why specific areas saw value increases or decreases these light industrial areas are of particular concern as they are often cited as the nursery for new firms and economic employment activities on a regional and citywide level but at the same time offer parcel assemblages that are attractive for new multi family residential development in terms of size and relative ease of acquisition to other land use types and land divisions While there are ongoing initiatives to preserve and retain employment lands within the City of Vancouver and Metro Vancouver region it remains unclear if these large value shifts in light industrial land uses in such a short time will have an upward pressure for existing tenants on the lands and their rents or arrest or even prevent the emergence of the next economic dynamo for the Region With increased industrial land values there is an opportunity to intensify industrial uses on these lands but also the danger to displace major current and future economic and employment drivers and prospects for the City and Region Technical Notes It has been an ongoing BTAworks project over the years of the 1 million line Single Family property mapping to document the total values and value changes for all properties in the City of Vancouver However the challenge has always been to how to best illustrate and account for strata properties such as condominiums Single family homes are relatively simple to represent as they have a one to one relationship to a dot however when it comes to strata properties one dot can represent dozens if not hundreds of records a One to Many relationship Without accounting for this Many to One relationship a direct matching of BC Assessment records to City of Vancouver GIS files could inadvertently only document the common areas of the near4 300 strata properties 108 000 units as oppose to the actual price dynamics with each strata property While most stratas are residential in nature it is important to note that commercial and retail stratas also exist After several years of periodic concentration this analysis pre processes the 2014 BC assessment database to create a single data point for each strata parcel Prices changes for these strata data points is an average of all total value changes of records for a particular strata property This is a pragmatic mapping solution to address this many to one data record dilemma but is much more precise than a possible inadvertent map of the values changes for strata condo areas Please note that like our previous 1 million single family home analysis we have focused on total value that is the value of both the land and improvement typically a building on it Moreover due to long standing BC Assessment Authority methodologies values in this analysis reflect the market value of a particular property in July of the previous year For example 2014 values reflect assessments made in July 2013 and 2013 values represent ones from July 2012 Another important note to acknowledge is that the analysis in this entry is based upon an unedited version of the Property tax report data available on the Vancouver Open Data Catalogue obtained in January 2013 Revisions of the tabular data may occur as the database is revised to account and or exclude data artifacts and landuse miscodes in later versions as they are discovered in later versions Data Desk Observations Research Papers January 25 2014 The Freezing of Vancouver s One Million Dollar Line Please note that these figures may be revised as the Open Data database that used in this study is refined to excluded properties like schools parks and right of ways that may have been invertantly classed as Single Family Homes in the original database AY Sept 2014 Key Findings Between 2013 to 2014 the number of single family homes in the City of Vancouver assessed at 1 million line or more has effectively remained unchanged There were 37 800 SF properties worth over 1 million in 2014 compared to 37 410 SF properties in 2013 When inflation is accounted for there were 37 910 SF properties assessed at over 1 million The total number of Single Family properties in the 2014 edition of the BTAwork s 1 million line analysis is 68 355 In 2014 about 55 percent 37 800 of the total number of Single Family properties in the City of Vancouver were worth more than 1 million While 1 135 Single Family properties in the City of Vancouver valued at under the 1 million line became valued at more than 1 million between 2013 to 2014 740 SF properties valued at more than 1 million in 2013 fell below the 1 million line in 2014 In terms of value category growth categories of homes under 3 million did not see significant increases in their numbers however homes worth between 4 million to 5 million and over 5 million saw sizable growth at 7 and 10 percent respectively Study Write up The 2014 BTAworks edition of the 1 million in the City of Vancouver s One family Dwelling or RS districts is the fourth version of our series in exploring the changing patterns of Single Family property values in the City of Vancouver We have continued to followed the same methodology of our 2013 study which follows the pathways of our 2012 and 2011 studies Generally speaking the observations and zoning histories remain steady from these previous studies However this 2014 analysis is not direct comparable with previous BTA 1 million line studies and maps as a rezoning of the Norquay Village area has removed about 1 900 Single Family parcels out of the 2014 study and as a consequence the area out of the map As with previous studies all data used in these maps was obtained from the City of Vancouver s Open Data Catalogue The property values data used in this study and map series are from BC Assessment whose methodology of assessment can be viewed it and as a consequence they do not necessarily reflect current market prices This study has also rounded raw numbers to the closest 5 or 0 Media Public Programming December 16 2013 2014 UBC School of Regional and Community Planning s Dialogues on Vancouver s Future Just announced and BTA is proud to participate in Here s the notice in PDF form 2014 Dialogues on Our City s Future Poster Tuesday Dialogues from 7 pm to 9 30 pm Doors open 6 30 Moderated by Dr Penny Gurstein UBC Director SCARP Jan 21 Dr Tom Hutton Professor SCARP Vancouver as a sustainable city Is this statement Rhetoric or Reality Feb 4 Dr Larry Frank Professor SCARP Environmental and Health Impacts of Community Design What are the Tools for creating Co Benefits Feb 18 A ndy Yan Planner Bing Thom Architects and Adjunct Professor SCARP Explore the 10 data points you should know about your City from demographics to civic participation to real estate ownership What might it take to create our own Good City of Vancouver March 4 Dr Maged Senbel Assistant Professor SCARP What are the Current Challenges and New Trends in Public Engagement for Neighborhood Planning March 18 Dr Leonie Sandercock Professor SCARP The Impossible Contradictions Urban Indigenous Planning in Canada How does the increasing presence of urban indigenous peoples impact community and regional planning Admission UWCV Members 5 tax Non Members 10 tax Please register by phone 604 731 4661 or online at http www uwcvancouver ca prior to each evening The UWCV Federation Committee and HHPF are presenting the 2014 Dialogues in collaboration with UBC School of Community and Regional Planning SCARP Data Desk Public Programming October 25 2013 BTAworks Metro Vancouver Trick or Treater Count 2013 TreatCount2013 Halloween is one of our favourite days of the year at BTAworks and in our everlasting and ongoing quest for unique community metrics we will be continuing our crowdmapping exercise of documenting the Trick or Treating hotspots in Metro Vancouver Another major event that coincides with Halloween is Día de Muertos or the Day of the Dead which is sober but also celebratory Mexican holiday that encompasses a three day celebration from October 31 to November 1 An unique Vancouver event is the Public Dreams Society s Parade of Lost Souls which sadly is in its last year but will hopefully find new life next year in a new incarnation The above photo is a street scene of celebrants enjoying a hot beverage at the famous Joe s Cafe on Commercial Drive after this year s parade For those in the know of Vancouver s Caffeine Culture two shots of espressos from Joe s could very well wake the Dead Our 2012 Trick or Treater Count was an enormous success with the help of Vancouver s vibrant social media community and the Vancouver Sun With 100 data points from across the Metro Vancouver region and while not exactly scientific nor statistically valid the final map was an interesting proxy indicator towards social cohesion fabric and capital of Vancouver in terms of neighborhoods urban design and socioeconomic status The neighborhoods of Strathcona and Arbutus Ridge in the City of Vancouver and the Lafarge Lake neighborhood of Coquitlam ended up to be one of the top neighbourhoods for Halloween loot This year we are teaming up with the Vancouver Sun and its intrepid data journalist Chad Skelton chadskelton to present TreatCount2013 and submit your counts through three ways 1 The Vancouver Sun website You can directly submit your count on this Vancouver Sun website 2 Email Counters can email us at THANKS WE RE DONE FOR THIS YEAR 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 you can email the message Main and 37th Ave 40 lollipops or 3 Tweet Us Counters can tweet us with the hashtag treatcount2013 With the above example a Twitter submission would be Main and 37th Ave 40 lollipops treatcount2013 For those interested in observing the social media role out of treatcount2013 you can either follow the hashtag or access the Project s Storify page http storify com BTArchitects treatcount2013 The BTAworks data gremlins will process emails and tweets during first week of November and publish their results on this blog and a story in the Vancouver Sun We ll be collecting entries up until 4pm on November 1st Have a Happy and Safe Halloween Data Desk Media Observations September 12 2013 Should the corner store and coffee house return to residential neighbourhoods Andy Yan BTAworks SFU City Conversation Sept 2013 from ayan bta Last Thursday Andy Yan from BTAworks was invited to participate in a SFU City Conversations Along with Neal Lamontagne and Boyd Thompson from the Wilder Snail we looked at the challenges and opportunities for retail commercial services to enter Vancouver s residential neighbourhoods This is Andy s slideshow In addition to previously published BTAworks papers on coffee houses and corner grocery stores the summary of his presentation was not the question of Should the corner store and coffee house return to residential neighbourhood but rather the question of Can the corner store and coffee house return to residential neighbourhood given current taxation and cost of living regimes in the City of Vancouver Data Desk Research Papers September 5 2013 Enrollment Patterns in Metro Vancouver Public Elementary Schools 2007 08 to 2012 13 School Years As schools across the Metro Vancouver region open up for a new year BTAworks wanted to explore the enrollment patterns for public elementary schools in the region These citywide and regional wide patterns provide another proxy measure for neighbourhood dynamics beyond the Census data Public elementary school enrollment offers another measure for the demographic economic social and cultural change of a neighbourhood This scale of this map is also places individual school dynamics within a larger city and regional wide context Whether it is from the school up or the region down there are clear clusters of robust public elementary school enrollment growth decline and stability in Metro Vancouver The specific causes of this growth decline and stability through which we would like to open to our readership It is important to note that school enrollments have a tendency to ebb and flow from year to year and as consequence this map has taken a variance of 10 percent as an indicator of relative enrollment stability however past this variance decline or growth becomes increasingly statistically significant and acute In particular when a school sees either a 25 percent increase or decline over 5 school years and in particular a cluster of schools presents a particular question towards what might be happening in a particular community An older population smaller household sizes increases in regional housing choice and the short and long term housing affordability adequacy and suitability challenges for young families and increased competition for independent school options all have their effects upon declining and growing public elementary school enrollment Technical Notes All enrollment data used in this brief is from the British Columbia Ministry of Education through the DataBC website and is provided by the Province of BC under the Open Government License for the Government of BC Information v BC 2 0 The maps and tables were based on standard public elementary schools in Metro Vancouver in the BC Schools Student Headcount by Grade dataset on the DataBC website Elementary schools were specifically selected to control for district programming effects as secondary schools in many school districts have special programs that draw from throughout a school district to a single school Such programming occurred to a much lessor degree in elementary schools and we feel that this allows for most elementary schools to better reflect the local population of elementary school aged children in their immediate neighbourhoods than for secondary schools to reflect secondary school aged population Schools that were

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  • BT | A | Works » Changes in Total Property Assessment Values in the City of Vancouver by Percentage, 2013-2014
    not be assigned a land use category and are listed as Data Unavailable Nevertheless as BTAworks expands this analysis to a longer time series it will be interesting to see if these value patterns of increases and declines hold for various land use types over time In terms of specific portions of the City of Vancouver properties that saw increases of total values by over 25 percent were clustered on the West End Downtown Eastside and Mount Pleasant area Properties in the inner city light industrial and industrial areas and port areas saw 25 percent or more increases in total values Strips of properties along Kingsway Main Street areas around Granville and Arbutus Street also saw major increases in property values Interestingly most properties in Vancouver s Single Family Home districts saw relatively flat patterns and in certain cases declines It would be interesting to explore the causes of these patterns but it is important to note that give the rapid ascent of the Single Family properties values in the City of Vancouver value shifts up or down could reflect the inertia of already high property values While this analysis will not examine the particular reasons why specific areas saw value increases or decreases these light industrial areas are of particular concern as they are often cited as the nursery for new firms and economic employment activities on a regional and citywide level but at the same time offer parcel assemblages that are attractive for new multi family residential development in terms of size and relative ease of acquisition to other land use types and land divisions While there are ongoing initiatives to preserve and retain employment lands within the City of Vancouver and Metro Vancouver region it remains unclear if these large value shifts in light industrial land uses in such a short time will have an upward pressure for existing tenants on the lands and their rents or arrest or even prevent the emergence of the next economic dynamo for the Region With increased industrial land values there is an opportunity to intensify industrial uses on these lands but also the danger to displace major current and future economic and employment drivers and prospects for the City and Region Technical Notes It has been an ongoing BTAworks project over the years of the 1 million line Single Family property mapping to document the total values and value changes for all properties in the City of Vancouver However the challenge has always been to how to best illustrate and account for strata properties such as condominiums Single family homes are relatively simple to represent as they have a one to one relationship to a dot however when it comes to strata properties one dot can represent dozens if not hundreds of records a One to Many relationship Without accounting for this Many to One relationship a direct matching of BC Assessment records to City of Vancouver GIS files could inadvertently only document the common areas of the near4 300

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