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10 Awesome Things that Happened in 2016

A spirit bear in the Great Bear Rainforest (photo: Ian McAllister)As 2016 draws to a close, we reflect on the highlights, surprises, challenges and tragedies of the year that was. If we are to believe popular opinion, 2016 was a terrible year. The...

Posted January 2, 2017    

Cities for Families: Local Government

Toronto Debunks Myth that Families Won’t Live in CondosThere are many reasons to believe that families won’t live in condos - they are too small and located in dangerous downtown centers ridden with crime, traffic and a lack of amenities. Families...

Posted December 1, 2016    

Cities for Families: Local Government

City of North Vancouver Creates Strategy that puts Children and Families FirstFamily Movie Night at City of North Vancouver (Photo: City of North Vancouver)As a public health nurse, Linda Buchanan has been an advocate for children and families her...

Posted November 14, 2016    

Happy Streets “Living Lab” Results Suggest Public Space Affects Wellbeing

How do we know when we are in a good public space? Does it make us happier, more calm, or even more generous?We can get the sense that a place with green space, public seating, and art makes us feel better than a busy intersection with cars and...

Posted November 2, 2016    

How to Design a Family-Friendly Urban Home

Photo: 600sqftandababyLast month, the City of Vancouver officially broke ground on a development in Southeast False Creek with 135 units of affordable housing designed for families.“We want to ensure that families are not just able to live in...

Posted July 20, 2016    

Is Car-Sharing the Future for Young Drivers?

I have been thinking lately about the value of owning a car vs car-sharing. With the cost of car payments and car insurance added to the costs of owning a home and paying for childcare, it really stacks up - even if you have a decent household...

Posted June 14, 2016    

Millennials Need to Rally Together on Housing Affordability

Photo: Jen St.DenisAcross Vancouver, young people are breaking up with Vancouver. Whether it is by writing “Dear John” letters on personal blogs or ranting in the comments section of Vancity Buzz, some are abandoning the city for more affordable...

Posted May 31, 2016    

Vancity Buzz ‘Women in Urbanism’ Series

I am very honoured to be the second woman featured in Vanity Buzz’s Women in Urbanism series by my friend, Melissa Bruntlett. The profile piece provides a great overview of my career path and also gives me the opportunity to announce my new job as a...

Posted March 22, 2016    

Towers in Communities: How High is Too High?

My Vancouver east side neighbourhood of Commercial Drive was featured in the media recently for opposing another “high-rise” tower.  Commercial Drive is well-loved, walkable, family-friendly neighbourhood that is an edgy mix of single-...

Posted March 9, 2016    

Gordon Price on how Vancouver became a Livable City

A This City Life reader from Los Angeles recently contacted me to ask about Gordon Price, specifically wanting to know who he was and his role in Vancouver. This presentation that Gordon gave at Creative Mornings in 2013 instantly came to mind.It...

Posted February 26, 2016    

Repost: What is an Urbanist?

Brandon Donnelly, city blogger and creator of Architect This City, provided a great explanation of the term ‘urbanist’ on his blog this week. This perfectly describes my values and how I think of myself. I am sure many of my readers can relate, so I...

Posted January 25, 2016    

Most Popular Posts of 2015

At the end of every year, I take note of what were the most popular posts of 2015 on this This City Life. We are already well into January, so I’m a little behind but here it is:10 Ways to Build a City for ChildrenKids in the City: Meet Adrian,...

Posted January 7, 2016