How Vancouver’s property zoning contributes to the housing crisis

Despite “Vancouverism” (the densification of downtown which produced the condo development), most of the city is made up of single-family houses—and that’s what its property zoning calls for. One member of the activist group Abundant Housing Vancouver calculates that 76 per cent of Vancouver’s residential land is restricted to detached homes. YIMBYs (yes in my backyard) are calling for zoning changes, particularly in single-family house neighbourhoods, to permit the type of low-rise apartment buildings that were constructed a century ago and other forms of housing, preferably rental, that allow more people to move into these areas.