“Only fraction of new social housing units in Vancouver guaranteed for low-income people”

May, 31, 2016 – The Mainlander


Downtown Eastside community members reject the city’s plan for housing at 58 W Hastings, paints their own vision for 100% social housing (May 21st,

In their annual Housing and Homelessness Report Card, the City of Vancouver reports that 1,683 units of new social housing are in development or have been built since 2012. Yet based on research by the author, under 6% of the new social housing is guaranteed for people on welfare. The vast majority of Vancouver’s “social housing”, therefore, will be unavailable for the 1,847 people reported as homeless in Vancouver this year, the highest number since counts began.

A large proportion of the City’s new social housing is also out of reach for the51,000 renter households who make below $30,000 per year and who are experiencing the brunt of the housing crisis. If “affordable housing is something that somebody can afford,” to quote Vision Vancouver Councillor Kerry Jang, who is that somebody?

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“Racism, real estate, and the lessons of history”

May, 18, 2016 – Vancouver Magazine


As Prime Minister Trudeau apologizes for a horrendous act of racism in the past, are we creating the conditions for more of them in the future?

On Saturday, September 7, 1907, my great-grandfather Kumazo Nagata was visiting Vancouver from the family homestead on Mayne Island. It was a hot night. He never told his daughter-in-law, my grandmother, why he was in Chinatown that evening, though she speculates it had to do with his fondness for games of chance. Kumazo didn’t know he’d be gambling with his life by night’s end.

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“Vancouver, Let’s Stand Up to Moneyed Interests of Real Estate”

May, 23, 2016 – The Tyee


Given the trajectory of affordability in this city, what do concerned residents have to lose?

Vancouver seems doomed these days. A bloated real estate bubble shows no sign of deflating. The province, feds and city are all unwilling or unable to halt a worsening housing crisis, driving thousands of renters (including myself) to flee the city before getting evicted again. Some voices still maintain that any discussion of offshore money is nonsense or racist, as if to try to cauterize a public debate we desperately need to have.

The accusation of racism is like kryptonite to most Canadians — we pride ourselves on living in one of the most welcoming countries in the world. But the tsunami of offshore money now flooding into this city has nothing to do with race — it’s about class.

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“Chinatown’s Poorest Live In The Shadow Of Luxury”

May, 10, 2016 – WGBH (with audio)


Just a few blocks away from Millennium Tower, Boston’s most expensive luxury development, very low income workers—living two to three families per unit in historic row houses in Chinatown — are being kicked out by developers.  And for them finding a place to live has become nearly impossible.

On a cold wet day—perfect for a hot latte at one of the new upscale downtown cafés  —social activist Leveret Wing literally opened the doors into his community and the crises being faced by Chinatown residents.

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“Gentrification in DTES Leaving Residents with Fewer Housing Options”

Apr. 26, 2016 – Check Your Head (with Video)


Vancouver’s landscape is changing as glassy towers rise from the rubble of what was once affordable housing.  People are being displaced at astounding rates as housing costs in parts of the city have increased by 300 per cent in the last twelve years.  Local activists say that low-income people in Vancouver are experiencing a “housing crisis.”  As of March 2016 the average rental cost for a one bedroom apartment in Vancouver is $1079 dollars, while folks living on welfare receive as little at $610 a month. To make matters worse, Vancouver’s housing vacancy rate has been plummeting, making it even harder for low-income people to find affordable units in the city. Vancouver’s low-income neighborhoods, the Downtown Eastside (DTES), Chinatown and Strathcona, have become the epicenter of the city’s housing crisis; where ramshackle hotels sit beside shiny minimalist condominiums and trendy cafes. Once a haven for low-income residents, the neighborhood is now seeing a decline in “welfare rate” housing coinciding with a marked increase in upscale developments.  This is happening alongside a pattern of gentrification in Vancouver, wherein middle to upper-class people move into low-income neighbourhoods subsequently increasing property values.  The process is essentially carving up “zones of exclusion” in the neighborhood, as longtime low-income residents can not afford to enter these newly gentrified spaces.

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“空气污染房价飙升 美国波士顿唐人街发展堪忧”

2016-03-30 – 中国新闻网

中新网3月30日电 据美国《侨报》报道,美国波士顿唐人街是纽英伦地区唯一的唐人街,北美第四大唐人街。占地五亩,地处波士顿中心,有近百家以华人为主的店铺,凝聚10万波士顿华人的向心力,百年来早已被海内外华人视作炎黄子孙向海外传播中华文化的骄傲。然而近年来在现代与传统的夹缝中生存的唐人街逐渐走向没落。





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