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The Philippines: the new China/India?

The Philippines: the new China/India?

It seems that I may no longer have to answer the question, “Why are you doing a case study of...

High homeownership bad for Canada?

High homeownership bad for Canada?

I’ve often felt that homeownership is not the rosy American Dream that it claims to be. I find homeownership limiting,...

US ushers in its new health care bill

US ushers in its new health care bill

In what has been called “a hard-fought victory for President Obama“, the Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR 3962),...

Towards a national housing strategy

Towards a national housing strategy

We live in momentous times: currently, a very significant piece of legislation is making its way towards adoption. I outlined...

Homelessness Action Week 2009

Homelessness Action Week 2009

This is an urgent call for my regular readers to participate in the fourth annual Homelessness Action Week in BC....

The politics of health care

The politics of health care

Health care is a polarizing issue; it always has been. Because it is a service that is offered privately in...

“Shovel readiness” necessary for federal transit funding

“Shovel readiness” necessary for federal transit funding

In the last few months we’ve seen the birth of another useless media term related to urban planning: “shovel readiness”....

Housing as consumer product

Housing as consumer product

Housing has for decades been a major component of economic growth–and economic decline–in Canada and the US. The recent economic...

How many levels of government does it take to build an LRT line?

How many levels of government does it take to build an LRT line?

TransLink’s recent decision to delay construction of the Evergreen Line yet again illustrates the difficulty the regional agency has in...

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