Vanessa Kay is a Vancouver-based social planner, childcare advocate and fan of the local connections that make great cities tick. Her work focuses on building complete, liveable, and equitable communities through projects, partnerships, and policy.

Book Review – The Last Gang in Town

Author: Aaron Chapman (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016) Those who love and study Vancouver know how quickly it transforms through... Read More

Book Review – Stewardship of the Built Environment

Author: Robert A. Young (Island Press, 2012) “The greenest building is one that is already built” Waste from demolition makes up 22... Read More

Gardening with Chayote/Buddha Hand Melon: A Very Vancouver Squash

In small backyards, informally shared plots and community gardens, Vancouver gardeners know how to make the most of small growing... Read More

Religious Buildings, Reincarnated

Residents of the Little Mountain neighbourhood and swimmers on their way to a dip in the Hillcrest Pool might be surprised to see a... Read More

School Troubles in a Booming Metropolis – Part 2: Intergenerational Communities

[Editors Note: this is a revised version of  a four-piece series originally published on Planning Pool.  You can read the first part... Read More

School Troubles in a Booming Metropolis – Part 1: Demographics and Family Housing

[Editors Note: this is a revised version of  a four-piece series originally published on Planning Pool] Recent years have not been... Read More

Planning the way to a better world

Planning Pool shares the highlights of the Canadian Institute of Planners Conference. Although the conference was in Ontario, BC was... Read More