Can Victoria be saved from its own popularity?

Who wouldn’t want to live in Victoria? The city is known for its inviting lifestyle, affordable housing, good schools, plentiful green spaces, and solid career opportunities. It’s so tempting, in fact, that recent years have seen a spike in the number of newcomers setting up home. This growth in population, however, means that the very enticements that brought people here in the first place could be put at risk. Hear from a panel of UBC and community experts for a discussion about how good city planning, a solid housing strategy, and a diversifying economy can support growth while maintaining the lifestyle that will continue to make Victoria a desirable place to live, build a career, or raise a family.

Recorded May 15, 2017, in Victoria, BC.

Moderator – Pamela McCall – Talk Show Host, C-FAX Radio, Victoria

Panelist – Rasool Rayani, BA’98 – President, Heart Pharmacy; Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, and Tech Sector Advisor

Panelist – Tsur Somerville – Real Estate Foundation of BC Professor in Real Estate Finance; Director, UBC Centre for Urban Economics and Real Estate; Associate Professor, Strategy and Business Economics Division

Panelist – Jonathan Tinney, MA(Planning)’04 – Director, Sustainable Planning and Community Development, City of Victoria

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