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Making Room program tackles housing for Vancouver’s ‘missing middle’… finally

By Michael Geller for Vancouver Courier

It’s déjà vu all over again.

I’m sure I wasn’t the only Vancouver architect and planner who thought of this when the City of Vancouver announced the “Making Room” program last week.

To quote from the city’s announcement: “The goal of the Making Room program is to provide more housing choice within neighbourhoods for families, downsizing seniors, and other households seeking housing that sits in the ‘missing middle’ between single-family homes and higher-density homes.

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The Making Room program also represents a transition away from neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood planning to a comprehensive, city-wide approach.”

I applaud the city for proposing the Making Room program, especially since I have been advocating for more duplexes, townhouses, laneway houses and other forms of “gentle densification” within existing single-family zones since I arrived in Vancouver in 1974.

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