Jillian Glover is a communications advisor who specializes in urban issues and transportation. She is a former Vancouver City Planning Commissioner and holds a Master of Urban Studies degree from Simon Fraser University. She was born and raised in Vancouver and is very interested in how people in urban environments engage in their cities. In her spare time, she writes about urban issues at her blog, This City Life – which you can visit at www.thiscitylife.tumblr.com.

Kids in the City: Raising a family in a 500sq ft laneway home

Akua Schatz, a director at the Canadian Green Building Council, and her photographer husband, Brendon Purdy, currently live in a home... Read More

Kids in the City series

I was excited to launch a new series in June called “Kids in the City”, where I profiled families living in urban density over the... Read More

What are Vancouver’s Best Public Spaces?

Photo courtesy of Jay Banks. Growing up in Vancouver, I didn’t really have a good understanding of what makes a lively public space... Read More

Christmas Gifts for the Little Urbanist

Your grandpa played with toy trains. Your mom loved her wooden school bus. You loved to construct public buildings out of Lego, and... Read More

Vancouver Civic Election Debate Livens Up with “Last Candidate Standing”

Civic elections typically have the lowest voter turnout, especially amongst the under-35 set. In other words, good luck in getting... Read More

How to Throw a Block Party in Vancouver

[Author’s Note: Summer is the perfect time to get outside and get to know your neighbours. The Vancouver Public Space... Read More

Rewilding a City

As a relatively young, modern city nestled between the North Shore mountains and surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, it is not hard to... Read More

Storage Facility Helping Vancouver’s Homeless Get Off the Streets

Imagine having to carry your belongings with you at all times. You would not be able to go to a doctor’s appointment or job... Read More

Death and the City

Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal (Photo c/o Jamie From Montreal) As we go about our daily life in the city, death is probably the last... Read More

Do High-Rise Towers Destroy Community?

When I first moved into a high-rise condo tower in Downtown Vancouver several years ago, I remember my excitement at being able to... Read More