Let’s build more houses! One in my backyard, one in your backyard, one in each of my neighbours’ backyards, one in each of your neighbours’ backyards, and so on until every backyard in the city has a house. There is no saturation point. We’ll just build and build. The purpose of a city now is to cram as many people into it as possible. Cities must no longer have single-family residential environments. Instead, they must be warrens — places of congestion, stress, and, of course, municipal taxes. Therefore let’s destroy what generations have created, and clog the city with Laneway Houses.
Vancouver is the only city in North America to have exposed its single-family neighbourhoods to wholesale invasion by Laneway Housing. Rampant and unrestricted cannibalization of single-family neighbourhoods by Laneway Housing is not the norm for cities in North America, but an unprecedented and irreversibly destructive aberration. Yet this unprecedented decision was taken arbitrarily, with no opportunity for homeowners to vote on it.
With best regards,