#2 – Sam Sullivan in Defence of Urban Density

February 12, 2017

I’m so excited about our guest this week. An old friend of mine – Sam Sullivan is the former mayor of Vancouver and current Liberal MLA for Vancouver – False Creek. Sam is also the founder of the Sam Sullivan Disability Foundation and six organizations that currently support quality of life initiatives for people with disabilities across Canada. For this he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

Sam’s Solutions to The Housing Crisis

In this episode, Sam offers a unique perspective to housing issues facing Vancouver. He provides some useful context to the history of the city and offers suggestions for increasing housing supply, via “eco-density” as a solution to the Vancouver housing crisis.

History of Vancouver

Some of the most interesting lessons on the history of housing in Vancouver that I’ve learnt in my 11 years selling real estate in Vancouver have come from Sam. We’ve included some of Sam’s videos below that specifically deal with city development and real estate. Here are just a couple of things Sam discusses in these that I found fascinating:

  • Why lot sizes are mainly 33 and 50 feet in Vancouver
  • How the term “skid-row” originated in Vancouver
  • How the city of Vancouver was named

Videos

  1. Overview of Three Waves
  2. First Wave
  3. Second Wave
  4. Third Wave
  5. A defence of Urban Density
  6. One idea to fix the supply problem
  7. History and recommendation to prioritize density to the old city
  8. Sam’s thoughts on the name Vancouver

Forwarding Question

Last week David Eby asked Sam Sullivan, “As a Vancouver MLA how can you justify your provincial government selling off massive chunks of public land instead of using it to build mixed income communities that Vancouver so desperately needs”. Stay tuned to the end of the episode to hear Sam answer this question and ask a question of our next guest – Michael Geller.

Tune in next week to hear my interview with Michael Geller – prolific city planner, Vancouver based architect, real estate consultant and property developer with four decades’ experience in the public, private and institutional sectors.

Thanks Again!

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Until next week!

Keith Roy