Tagged: mount pleasant

[Podcast] The Politics of Housing the Homeless: Lack of community consultation or NIMBYism?

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 1.20.11 PMListen and subscribe to the podcast here.

Has it been a lack of neighbourhood consultation with residents or simply a case of the NIMBY syndrome in east Vancouver? Or perhaps a bit of both? Is fear and misinformation framing the conversation about supportive housing?

On the podcast, we discuss at the concerns and politics around the planned 95 units of transitional housing at Mount Pleasant’s former Biltmore Hotel with Stephen Bohus from the Residents Association of Mount Pleasant and area resident Michelle Sturino. How significant are the locational conflicts over low-income housing and harm reduction for Vancouver and the region more generally? And how does this help or harm efforts to build more socially inclusive neighbourhoods and socially just cities?

In 2013, BC Housing, in partnership with the City of Vancouver, leased the former Biltmore Hotel at 395 Kingsway for temporary supportive housing. The hotel is being renovated to provide 95 units for people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness while they wait for permanent housing to become available. The hotel will leased for six years and the supportive units are scheduled to open in early 2014. The planned social housing has generated support, opposition, and concerns among area residents.

The City of Vancouver declined a request for an interview.

April 17th Podcast | Rize development approved // The politics of rezoning and redevelopment // Vancouver’s soundscapes

The April 17th podcast is available hereThe City talks with Sandeep Johal of RAMP about  City Council’s approval of the Rize rezoning for a 241-unit market condo tower in Mount Pleasant, UBC geographer Craig Jones about how the CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) zoning district is being used significantly differently under Vision Vancouver (outside of downtown) and how Rize is consistent with this pattern, and more UBC geographers on Vancouver’s soundscapes of gender and power.


March 20 Podcast // Urban Water Issues + Mt. Pleasant Renoviction + Interim Housing Taskforce Report

You can find the March 20th podcast HERE. The first half of the podcast includes coverage of a Mount Pleasant renoviction and a reality check on the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing interim report. The second half of the podcast includes a discussion of urban water issues in recognition of International Water Day (March 22).


  • Sean Antrim, The Mainlander (Sean’s article on the interim report is available here)
  • Sara Mohammad-Pour, UBC Civil Engineering graduate student
  • Joshua Welsh, graduate candidate for Masters of Advanced Studies in Landscape Architecture at UBC and City of Vancouver Greenest City Scholar

Rize development open house attendees overwhelmingly opposed to project

Check out this comment response summary from the City of Vancouver’s Community Services branch for the January 17th open house. 80% of open house attendees are opposed to the project. What does this tell us about the Public Hearing scheduled for Monday, February 27th?

February 21 Podcast: Planner Bill Rees on the climate, economy, and crisis | Proposed 19-storey Rize development in Mt. Pleasant

Thank you for tuning into the first show. The podcast is available HERE.

The first half of the show includes Planning Professor Bill Rees‘ keynote address from the 2012 UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) Symposium. Prof. Rees is co-originator of the ecological footprint analysis, and he frames our urban and social condition within the necessary ecological context.

In the second half of the show, I speak with Stephen Bohus and Sandeep Johal of the Residents Association of Mount Pleasant (RAMP) and Sean Antrim of The Mainlander. We discuss the proposed 19-storey development in Mount Pleasant.

Welcome to The City!

My name is Andy Longhurst and I am very pleased to launch The City, a new weekly show on CiTR Radio 101.9 FM on Tuesdays from 5-6pm. The first show is 5pm on Tuesday, February 21. On the show, you’ll find critical discussions on a variety of urban issues — from housing to food security to city politics. You’ll also find music from a variety of genres and artists on the show. The show will primarily focus on issues in Vancouver, but inherently these are issues that are relevant in cities around the world. You can read more about the show here. Be sure to check out all the ways you can listen here as well. My aim is to cover issues that matter to you — the listener. If there is an issue or story you would like covered on the show, please let me know. Please send me your comments as well. You can tweet the show at @TheCityonCiTR.

Again, here are all the ways to get in touch with The City:

twitter: @TheCityonCiTR

email: thecity.citr@gmail.com

live during the show: 604-822-CITR

On the first show

The first half of the show will include highlights from Professor Bill Rees‘ keynote address at the 2012 UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) Symposium. Bill Rees, along with Mathis Wackernagel, developed the ecological footprint analysis. Prof. Rees has been a leading voice calling for a steady state economy to address socio-economic and environmental crises of climate change, income inequality, and diminishing natural resources, namely petroleum.

On the second half of the show, I will be speaking with Stephen Bohus and Sandeep Johal of the Residents Association of Mount Pleasant (RAMP) and Sean Antrim of The Mainlander. We will be discussing the proposed rezoning of E Broadway and Kingsway for a 19-storey multi-use development, including 241 residential market condos and a two-storey commercial podium. More information on the rezoning application is available on the City of Vancouver’s website. We will be discussing how rezoning works in Vancouver, the details of this proposal by the developers, Rize Alliance, and the implications of this rezoning and proposed development. We will be taking your calls live starting at 5:40pm. You can call the studio line at 604-822-CITR.

If you have any questions for the show or guests, please email them to thecity.citr@gmail.com.

I’m looking forward to the first show!