Creating space for transformative conversations

City Conversations: June 16

June 16, 2016

Townhouses and rowhouses are common in cities. They’re part of the charm of many European cities. If common here, they could help address Vancouver’s need to house more people, reduce sprawl and threats to the regional Agricultural Land Reserve, and perhaps even ease housing costs. Mayor Gregor Robertson says we need more of them. But here, some call them ’The Missing Middle.’ Often, where they have been proposed, they’ve been bitterly fought against existing residents. So the message to politicians? Tread carefully.

How much additional housing might mid-sized buildings potentially create? Where might it be built? Why the resistance? Which communities have succeeded in building townhouses and rowhouses, and how have they done it? Join SFU Public Square as we start by framing the topic from three viewpoints. From planning, Brent Toderian, Vancouver’s former Director of Planning. From development, Nic Paolella of Marcon Developments. And from government, we’ve invited a senior Vancouver politician.

Then it’s your turn to ask questions, make observations, offer opinions. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Registration is not required. Please arrive early as space is limited.


12:30PM–1:30PM | Thu, 16th June 2016
Room 1600 Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings