Making Affordable Housing a Core Principle of Vancouver's EcoDensity Charter
June 6, 2008
This submission to Vancouver City Council argues that affordable housing must be a central plank of "EcoDensity" on both equity and environmental grounds. The authors question the central premise of EcoDensity that increasing density is tantamount to greater affordability, and call for an EcoDensity Charter that fully articulates a strategy that will ensure an expansion of affordable housing. Without a deliberate, city-wide policy to ensure affordability, existing trends will worsen, leading to adverse impacts on livability and sustainability.