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"Vancouver’s housing affordability crisis is being driven by development speculation and the unchecked flow of foreign capital," according to an editorial by Elizabeth Murphy.
The big argument of the editorial is in the headline: for Vancouver to improve its affordability crisis "More of the same is not the solution." But this isn't a YIMBY argument. Instead, Murphy argues that the city has plenty of housing supply potential as the result of rezonings in recent years. "In fact, Murphy argues, "rezonings for increased density inflates land values, which is a big part of the problem."
Murphy provides data to back up the claims about the increased building envelope in Vancouver, including data about the entire city as well as specific planning examples. Murphy argues that all that new zoned capacity hasn't stopped housing prices from skyrocketing. Murphy claims, then, that the actual solution to the housing affordability is much more complex: "It needs to deal with foreign capital flows and speculation."
The only detail in the article, however, describes the city's zoning situation, and not any policy recommendations to address the foreign investments identified by Murphy.