Gordon Price is the Director of The City Program at Simon Fraser University.

He sat for six terms as City Councillor in Vancouver, BC and also served on the Boards of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (Metro) and TransLink.

He publishes an electronic magazine and blog on urban issues, with a focus on Vancouver, called “Price Tags” – www.pricetags.ca as well as www.pricetags.wordpress.com

He has written several extensive essays on Vancouver and transportation issues – The Deceptive City, Local Politician’s Guide to Urban Transportation – and in 2003, he received the Plan Canada Award for Article of the Year – “Land Use and Transportation: The View from ’56” – from the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Price Points: Free Asphalt

It cost millions.  It’s yours to be used for free.  (Map here.) What happens when the pylons come down on Highway 1 where, as... Read More

Price Points: Nicest Corner in the West End

Sure, ‘niceness’ is subjective.   But there are some objective reasons. The Haro and Cardero corner (map here) is just a... Read More

Price Points: What is Vancouver’s newest neighbourhood?

If you haven’t been down Second Avenue between Cambie and Burrard recently, be prepared for a shock: It’s another instant... Read More

Price Points: Urban Propinquity

A summer day, a hiker, berries in the bush:  Where is she?  Here, on Habitat Island, False Creek, in the heart of Vancouver  (map... Read More

Price Points: The Missing Middle, Found

No news to any Spacing reader that a good part of Los Angeles was built around the electric streetcar.  The demise of the famous Red... Read More

Price Points: L.A. Transformation

You may have missed this: With the passage of Measure R (November, 2008), Los Angeles bought itself a massive expansion of its rapid... Read More

Price Points: The L.A. Boulevard – Ready for its Close-up

Last February, just before I left for a study tour of L.A., I posted this image and asked: What is it about that shot, taken in the... Read More

Price Points: City as Workout

Yes, this is Los Angeles – the second in our series.  But where exactly?  And why is a space like this – beyond being... Read More

Price Points: Music, Transit and Revival

Can you guess where this is by the evidence? Looks like a rapid-transit station – but where?  Palm trees suggest... Read More

Price Points: Tale of a Tile

What’s the story behind those blue tiles?  And where is this building? Vancouverites of a certain age (i.e. mine) might... Read More