Re: Grim numbers, just grim

Subject: Re: Grim numbers, just grim
From: Nora von Gerichten <wlg -at- pacificcoast -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2002 01:27:17 -0800

I am in Vancouver which CMHC lists at about 1%. When I walk around the city, there are more for sale signs of both apartments and houses with all the events in the past 18 months. Stores are going under at a remarkable rate. Movement across the boarder has hurt very much since Sept 11. What I see is not a 1% vacancy rate but a great deal of moving around, of people leaving because they cannot find work and coming because they are seeking work.

In Ottawa, where I am, the papers moan about this from time to time
and places are definitely hard to find. As I recall, Ottawa has
been under 5% for decades.

Vancouver is a living city that strives for stainability. If that is achieved or not is another matter. When I have clients come up from the states, they are always so surprised that there are people that actually live in the downtown core. We encourage a higher density than many US cities. I was working last summer on a project in fibre optics in the Virginia. I was surprised to realize that the state of Virginia has half the population of all of Canada! There are apparently 300 communities in Canada and Alaska, or 30,000 people that have no electricity and there are no plans to supply those communities by the established power authorities. Wonder if that is in the WHO stats. Wonder if CMHC even counts the vacancy rate in those areas. Remember that Canada is the second largest land mass. Our new province is approximately 25% of that land mass and has a population of about 20,000.

In psychological testing, it is interesting that the many of the tests do not cross over the boarder in either direction. When I was doing statistical and psychometric analysis, it was always a problem getting validity here for US tests. In part, I think it is a complex population and geography issue. But then, the west coast is very different from Ottawa and the east.

Nora

More interesting, the highest number for a Canadian city is 5.8%,
still way below the US numbers.


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