Douglas Todd’s Most Read Columns in 2023

It is always worth looking at what readers are most interested in, without letting “popularity” dictate what topics a newspaper should address.

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Who would have thought that three columns about Metro Vancouver’s wealthiest and most distressed neighborhoods would top readers’ curiosity in 2023?

Beyond that, I think Canadian readers understand why nine of my top 10 columns are related to housing, particularly the crisis for those outside the market.

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Here are the 10 most read columns from last year:

1. The crumbling wealth of Vancouver Point Gray Village

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How the now-bleak commercial area of ​​Point Gray Village lost its vitality offers lessons for the entire region.

2. Big houses, big lots: Shaughnessy, Vancouver’s ultra-rich, ghostly neighborhood, is unlikely to change

Many people want to see fewer mega-mansions and more people in Shaughnessy, where the population has declined dramatically. But it won’t be easy.

3. The decline of wealthy Ambleside Village in West Vancouver (Part 1)

West Vancouver is home to 42,000 people living in some of the most expensive real estate in Canada, but like other affluent neighborhoods, its business district is struggling.

4. The beleaguered balcony is open to rethinking

The balconies of many apartments expose owners to inclement weather, traffic noise, pollution, vertigo and the gaze of strangers. Here are some ways to redeem them.

5. The three big things impacting Vancouver’s skyrocketing housing prices

Californians are baffled by the huge gap between housing prices and wages in Vancouver.

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“To me it’s a faceless monolithic block,” says Bimal Parmar, describing Concord Brentwood’s four new towers as seen by drivers heading west on the Lougheed Highway in Burnaby. Photo by Douglas Todd /sun

6. Huge Brentwood towers raise questions about Burnaby planning

The 40- to 60-story modernist towers rising around Burnaby’s Brentwood town center are not well integrated with the community, critics say.

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7. Five forces distorting Canadian housing prices this spring

Mortgage rates, changing psychology, Canada’s vulnerability, large investor volumes and immigration policy are putting pressure on the country’s housing market.

8. The real estate crisis seen by one of Canada’s largest real estate developers

With young people facing a “very, very difficult market” and neighborhoods changing rapidly, Michael Audain of Polygon Homes knows that developers are held in low regard.

9. It’s a problem when children whose parents are not owners end up not being owners.

What happens to equality when young adults without homeowner parents are much less likely to be able to purchase a home?

10. Foreign students’ dreams are crushed in greedy Canada

It’s exploitation of developing nations, a new form of colonialism, says critic

For what it’s worth, here are the following 10 most popular:

11. Imam of Victoria condemns Israel and Muslims who voted for Trudeau

12. The Wild West in British Columbia housing is almost over, but the devastation continues

13. The future of Vancouver’s Jericho Lands will be revealed

14. Trudeau’s challenge to India “killing two birds with one stone”

15. The federal Liberals are directly inflating housing prices.

16. Is Vancouver narcissistic? A global study suggests that some humility is necessary.

17. Hindu Canadians are distraught and politicians need to pay attention.

18. Why has Europe been spared the fentanyl disaster in Canada?

19. A major Canadian developer fears that “the bad guys are winning”

20. There are disadvantages, not just advantages, to the metro to UBC

Most read ‘evergreen’ piece in 2023:

Surprising findings on the income and education of Canadian ethnic groups (published February 2022)

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