Fighting the urban parasite

Nathanael Lauster, a UBC sociology professor and author of the book The Life and Death of the Single-Family House: Lessons from Vancouver on Building a Livable City, was interviewed for a Metro News podcast.

He discussed how detached, single-family homes used to dominate Metro Vancouver, and how that dominance was challenged by new types of urban housing.

“Across the metropolitan area the figure is pretty close to about a third of units now that are single-family houses, and that’s an extraordinary decline from where we were in the 1960s when it was much closer to three-quarters of units across the city as single-family houses,” Lauster said.