For full interview, see Vancouver Real Estate Podcast – Episode 149 | Vancouver Price Tags with Gordon Price
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Gordon is a fellow with Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue, and a former Vancouver city councillor (1986-2002). He came from Victoria in 1978 and has lived in the West End for most of his time here, except for four years in Yaletown. After he served on city council, Gordon became director of SFU’s City Program. He’s always been interested in urban studies.
Why Is Increased Density So Hard In Vancouver?
When Gordon was on council, the NPA looked to change single-family zoning. Gordon understood where this came from and doesn’t believe there’s a culture that doesn’t have a single-family home as an icon. If everyone on your block or in your neighbourhood shares that common set of values – of the yard and fence and space – it’s as good as it gets! Historically, very few people in the world could attain this, but here you could. Every neighbourhood along the streetcar line was suburbia, single-family homes. To go into communities and change this for people who treasure the idea and for those who have come here and bought into it, whose identity is partly formed by it, won’t end well.