“I have been asking myself what would make Vancouver a better place to live, work and play? Lately I find myself overwhelmed by stories of young(ish) professionals who are leaving the city – often in their thirties, driven by the desire to purchase a home that is affordable for them and their families. They are grantmakers, green building specialists, filmmakers, and socially progressive bankers. All smart, caring folks, emerging in their respective fields. All are assets to Vancouver.
Mostly they love the city but can’t afford to live here, even working at good jobs and earning good incomes. Sadly, the lowest rung on the home ownership ladder is too big a step. Or with children, the lowest rung (typically the one bedroom apartment) is not workable. I wonder, is this cohort the ‘lost generation’ – talented, skilled, thoughtful people that are bidding adieu to the city, and taking with them their energy, skills and unique potential contributions.”
- Heather Tremain, ‘What would make Vancouver a better place to live?’, The Vancouver Observer, 8 July 2011
In the rest of the post, Heather Tremain, discusses affordable or ‘attainable’ housing. The most important factor in understanding Vancouver’s RE predicament is not recognized: The speculative mania in RE prices. This is a giant bubble, folks. To ignore that makes the task of trying to ‘solve’ the problems of affordable housing completely meaningless.
A collapse in RE prices will change the landscape profoundly. The process won’t be painless, but in the end, it’ll be better for the city. – vreaa