Urbanarium City Talks
The Trip Diary

The Trip Diary

August 19, 2022

We are sharing an episode from our friends at SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. It is a Below the Radar mini-series called The Trip Diary that focuses on accessible, sustainable and equitable transportation in urban spaces.

In this instalment called B-Line to the Future, SFU Urban Studies alum and host Steve Tornes speaks with Bowinn Ma and Uytae Lee about their engagement work involving transit systems, as well as the possible futures of getting around in the Lower Mainland.

Listen to the full Trip Diary series: bit.ly/3Ise6F3

 

SISOSIG BONUS: Minister David Eby Talks Housing and Hope

SISOSIG BONUS: Minister David Eby Talks Housing and Hope

June 14, 2022

But wait, there's more! I talk with housing minister David Eby about balancing the desires of two camps of people: those who want house prices to stay high and those who want prices to come down; about what it would take to build more homes; and about whether there's hope.

SISOSIG: The Decision. Should I Stay or Should I Go?

SISOSIG: The Decision. Should I Stay or Should I Go?

May 24, 2022

This is the very last episode of this season where Bruce and I process everything our guests have told us so far. Also, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for: do I stay in my trailer or do I go? 

SISOSIG: What Should We Do About Investors (and who are they anyway)?

SISOSIG: What Should We Do About Investors (and who are they anyway)?

May 17, 2022

SFU professor Andy Yan and I talk about the impact of investors on Metro Vancouver's housing market and what it means for people trying to live here.

SISOSIG: Should I Move into Co-housing? (And what is that anyway?)

SISOSIG: Should I Move into Co-housing? (And what is that anyway?)

May 10, 2022

Leslie Shieh, co-founder of the development company Tomo Spaces, breaks down the concept of co-housing and what it costs to build a home.

SISOSIG: Should I Build Luxury Condos or Should I Build Affordable Housing?

SISOSIG: Should I Build Luxury Condos or Should I Build Affordable Housing?

May 3, 2022

Tony Pappajohn, president of Jameson Development Corp., talks about why so many developers have a hard time building affordable housing (even if they wanted to).

SISOSIG: You Might Be Competing With Money Launderers for a Home

SISOSIG: You Might Be Competing With Money Launderers for a Home

April 26, 2022

Investigative reporter Sam Cooper explains how Vancouver real estate became a key channel for international drug trafficking. Also, why did so many people in power who know about the hockey bags of drug money turn a blind eye? 

SISOSIG BONUS: Jenny’s Mom

SISOSIG BONUS: Jenny’s Mom

April 19, 2022

My mom, a homeowner, immigrant, and parent, gives her take on the housing crisis - and how she feels about me moving back in permanently if I can’t afford to live anywhere else.

SISOSIG: Should I Buy or Should I Rent?

SISOSIG: Should I Buy or Should I Rent?

April 19, 2022

On today’s show, the classic question: should you rent or should you buy? Heather Tremain, CEO of Options for Homes, one of Canada’s largest non-profit developers, gives us her take.

SISOSIG: If We Need More Homes Why Can’t We Build Them?

SISOSIG: If We Need More Homes Why Can’t We Build Them?

April 12, 2022

The answer might surprise you. Sonja Trauss is the president of YIMBY Law in California, a non-profit that sues cities for not obeying their own housing laws. She explains why all across North America and not just in Vancouver, it’s so hard to build the homes we need. 

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