Vancouver’s housing crisis is the “new normal.” This has profound political implications, which have already shaken up Vancouver’s politics.

Prior to the crisis, successful municipal politicians usually catered to the NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) crowd, those reflexively opposed to building new housing.

Since the 1920s, Vancouver has reserved more than 75 per cent of its residential land for single-family homes to keep the NIMBYs happy.

This zoning was originally designed to keep “ethnics” and the poor away from most neighbourhoods, especially on the West Side.

Fast forward to today.

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Mark Marissen


Candidate for Mayor of Vancouver (@Mark4Vancouver) with @Progress_Van; Principal, @BurrardStrategy; Senior Advisor, @McMillanVantage. He/him