Urban Studies - Theses, Dissertations, and other Required Graduate Degree Essays

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Analysis of residential property value before and after the opening of the SkyTrain Millennium Line

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Peer reviewed: 
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Date created: 
2007
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This research investigates the impacts of the construction of SkyTrain Millennium Line in Burnaby’s Lougheed Town Centre area on residential property values. These price impacts are for three years, corresponding to a year during construction (2000), the completion date (2002) and three years after its opening (2005). A hedonic property price model shows that the distance from the SkyTrain station had a statistically significant negative impact on residential property values only prior to the SkyTrain’s opening. The model also suggests that structural variables, such as floor space, age, heating are more influential than the distance to SkyTrain in affecting the property values.

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Thesis
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Supervisor(s): 
Anthony Perl
Department: 
Arts and Social Sciences: Urban Studies Program
Thesis type: 
(Research project) M.Urb.

Amenity bonuses: Bridging cultural production and consumption in Vancouver's city centre

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2007
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This project examines the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Amenity Bonus program through the story of the Vancouver International Film Centre. The Amenity program, which began in 1975 under Vancouver’s Downtown Official Development Plan (DODP), is a collaborative funding mechanism that links City Hall, developers, and non-profits in facilitating the macro planning goals of creating a sustainable cultural infrastructure base in Vancouver’s downtown, as per the City’s Ten Principles of Sustainability. As such, the program is used to negotiate on behalf of non-profit incubator organizations involved in cultural service delivery within the downtown core. The purpose of this project is to assess to what degree the Film Centre exemplifies sustainable cultural infrastructure. By looking at concepts of consumption, production chain, infrastructure and partnerships this project acts as a preliminary background study which informs how to assess the performance of the Film Centre through the lens of sustainability.

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Thesis
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Supervisor(s): 
Anthony Perl
Department: 
Arts and Social Sciences: Urban Studies Program
Thesis type: 
(Research project) M.Urb.

The conscious city I: traffic congestion and change toward sustainability in Greater Vancouver

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2007
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Using collaborative, grounded theory research, this study explores the relationship between traffic congestion and change toward sustainability in Greater Vancouver. The paper draws on document analysis and nineteen elite interviews to assess how traffic congestion has served as a catalyst for change through the development of a social consciousness of sustainability. The research finds that traffic congestion can be a powerful force for change. However, the nature of this change is subject to the two distinct and incompatible mental models that shape perspectives and behaviour in the region. The models break down mainly along urban and suburban boundaries, creating a major split in the region and significant variation in social consciousness. The paper concludes that future development in the region?and ultimately progress toward sustainability?will depend on the mental model of the dominant actors. Future research is needed to determine the applicability of the research to other metropolitan regions

Document type: 
Thesis
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Supervisor(s): 
Meg Holden
Department: 
Arts and Social Sciences: Urban Studies Program
Thesis type: 
(Research project) M.Urb.