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Quotes from the laneway housing lobby

EcoDensity is a key part of out-going mayor Sam Sullivan’s legacy. “This all came from the public.” – Sam Sullivan (The…

By josh dehaas , in City , on November 13, 2008

Many players have been campaigning to build mini houses in lanes like this one.
House builder Smallworks is eyeing Vancouver's back lanes

EcoDensity is a key part of out-going mayor Sam Sullivan’s legacy. “This all came from the public.” – Sam Sullivan (The Vancouver Sun, June 5, 2008)

NPA Councilor Suzanne Anton has been promoting the “peak oil benefits” of laneway housing. “Neighbourhoods with the density to support good transit have a fraction of the greenhouse gas consumption of more suburban neighbourhoods.” – Suzanne Anton (The Vancouver SunAugust 2, 2008)

Smallworks, a Vancouver-based company designs that builds space-saving infill houses. It’s owned by Aaron Rosensweet and Jake Fry. “There is a 95 per cent positive response to the idea of constructing additional small residences on existing properties.” – Jake Fry (The Globe and Mail, April 13, 2008)

Bob Ransford, a former real estate developer who now works for Counterpoint Communications, has been writing about the benefits of laneway housing for months. “Don’t hold your breath for the sky to fall, for highrises to sprout along Dunbar Street or for a mass rezoning in 18 of Vancouver neighbourhoods.” – Bob Ransford (The Vancouver Sun, June 28, 2008)

The City’s planning department has been working on the consultation process. Their website was created to convince the public that EcoDensity can achieve environmental sustainability, affordability and social diversity. “The concern is that the city is in danger of losing its social diversity and becoming a city of house-rich if cash-poor empty nesters.” – Cameron Gray, City of Vancouver Manager of Social Development (The Vancouver Sun, April 16, 2008)

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