Community planning in the news

Falling oil, expropriation, public anger: Fort McMurray’s downtown revitalization plan goes awry
JOSH WINGROVE
FORT McMURRAY, ALTA. — The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Feb. 12 2015, 9:56 PM EST

“The clock had run down for Gord Pederson. His pub, Longshots, had survived the frenzied oil sands boom but was now being evicted and shuttered – a victim of a push to overhaul Fort McMurray’s tired downtown.

The drive for downtown renewal is a hallmark of a city that had exploded in growth over the past decade as the oil sands surged, widening a divide between those who like Fort McMurray the way it is, or was, and those with more grandiose plans. A 2012 city urban renewal plan laid out a vision for high-density development, bike-friendly streets, skyscrapers and retail – using aspirational photos from Vancouver, Portland, Toronto, Brisbane and other cities. Fort Mac was dreaming big.”

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Barbara Yaffe: Creativity, flexibility essential for Vancouver housing market
By Barbara Yaffe, Vancouver Sun columnist
February 11, 2015

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UDI/Vancity Housing Affordability Index: Townhouse gap affects entire housing market
Lack of townhomes means young people struggle to get into market, while downsizers struggle to leave larger homes
By Tracy Sherlock, Vancouver Sun
February 13, 2015 12:31 PM

“First-time homebuyers and downsizers love townhouses, but in Metro Vancouver’s urban areas they are few and far between.”

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