Urban-Suburban Divide: Can you build the life you want at a price you can afford?

Life in Metro Vancouver is expensive. Consistently ranked one of the world’s most unaffordable housing markets, it can be challenging for individuals, couples, and families to find housing suitable for their needs. Whether you’re looking to rent or buy, there are trade-offs for every decision you make. If you want the urban lifestyle – and can afford it – space comes at a premium. If you choose the suburbs for the cost savings, size of residence, or “small town” feel, long commutes or alternative work arrangements may be required. How might your family, career, health, and quality of life be affected by where you live? And how is the issue of cost affecting the demographics of our cities and suburbs?

This episode was recorded March 19, 2014, at the UBC Boathouse in Richmond.


Matthew Lazin-Ryder – Producer, CBC Radio One’s On the Coast


Lawrence Frank – Professor in Sustainable Transportation and Health, UBC
Michael Geller – President, The Geller Group; Affiliate, UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA)
Christine McLaren – Freelance Journalist
Tsur Somerville – Associate Professor, UBC’s Sauder School of Business; Director, UBC Centre for Urban Economics and Real Estate