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We want data on housing

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A week ago was held a rally on affordable housing – or lack thereof, in Vancouver.  Organized by Vancouverites for Affordable Housing, its purpose was to bring attention to a simple, bizarre fact: it is difficult to craft effective housing policy when no data is collected.  The buzz is that housing is overpriced in large part because of foreign speculators.  But is is true?  We have rumours and anecdotes, but no solid data. The event’s name: “Give Us Data!”  Organizers estimate about 300 people attended, and there was coverage in the Vancouver Sun.

I’ll have more to say about the link between housing affordability and environment later (yes, there is a link) but for now I wanted to share some pictures of the rally.


Organiser Eveline Xia, whose "I don't have a million" tweet touched a nerve

Organiser Eveline Xia, whose “I don’t have a million” tweet touched a nerve

Penny Gurstein, director of UBC's school of community and regional planning

Penny Gurstein, director of UBC’s school of community and regional planning

NDP MLA Jenny Kwan fired up

NDP MLA Jenny Kwan fired up


NDP MP Don Davies told the crowd that co-op housing agreements are threatened

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July 1, 2015 at 3:37 pm