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Your Home: expectations, needs and what’s real, May 7

May 07, 2015
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Housing prices inflate, seemingly without pause. 30-somethings with advanced degrees tweet photos of themselves holding signs saying, “I haven’t got $1 million.” Modest but serviceable Vancouver cottages are replaced with McMansions. Anxiety finds culprits: ‘stop foreign investors and their empty houses!’ The press breathlessly reports every uptick.

Underlying the ofttimes worrying changes are three things that usually don’t make the evening news: the kind of home we want and expect to live in; the amount of space we need; and hard facts about what is and is not causing the change. Our presenters are Eveline Xia, who started the “I don’t have $1 million” Twitter movement as an outlet for a new generation that doesn’t have the access to the kind of housing that their parents had. Software developer Adrian Crook, his partner and five children live happily in a rented, 1000 ft2 downtown condo. Planner and economist Yazmin Hernandez is from strategic research consultants Urban Futures, which analyzes and explains housing trends and their causes.

Then it’s your turn to question, observe, and offer your perspective and opinion. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

When: Thursday, May 7, 2015

Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Location: SFU Vancouver Campus, 515 West Hastings Street, Room 1600

Cost: Free

For more information on this event, please visit the SFU Public Square City Conversations website.