Are high housing prices turning Vancouver into a “zombie city?” Are young people and working class families being priced out of the market?
Listen to our investigation:
Chapter One: The Tear Down Kids
Vlad and Andrew have discovered the secret to living cheaply in Vancouver. They also throw an epic party.
Further reading: Emi Sasagawa’s Tyee Article: “Meet Vancouver’s Tear Down Kids.”
Chapter Two: Zombie City
Further reading: Frances Bula’s article in the Globe and Mail: “Vancouver’s vacancies point to investors, not residents.”
Also, Pete McMartin’s “To have (expensive houses) and have not (money).”
Chapter Three: Welcome House
Zeena Al-Hamadani is an Iraqi refugee. When she came to Canada with her two sons, she struggled to find affordable housing. Now she helps other refugees do the same.
Further reading: “Shaky Foundations: Refugee’s in Vancouver’s Housing Market.”
Chapter Four: Millionaire Migrants
UBC geographer David Ley says people who question the government’s economic immigration program have been called racists since the 1980s. But he thinks that that’s a “smokescreen.” Hear the story of this controversial public policy and how it continues to shape our city today.
Further reading: Millionaire Migrants: Trans Pacific Life Lines