Here is a selection of my reporting. If you wish to view my entire body of work, please scroll to the very bottom of this page.
The Tyee. Jan. 2, 2018.
My office window overlooks a rooftop where Instagrammers show up regularly to take pics of themselves. I have secretly been taking pictures of them in return. My investigation on the app, narcissism, creativity and its impact on cities.
A five-part series.
The Tyee. July 7, 2017.
How children of Chinese immigrants, in several generations, forge their Canadian identities — a process that can mean drawing from the cultures and traditions of two worlds, and often, too, feeling torn between them.
Metro. Oct. 26, 2017.
Why does everyone hate this house so much? It turns out, snobbery from the wealthy buried their contribution to the city.
Metro. Dec. 28, 2017.
How inequality, segregation and displacement are destroying what made Vancouver special.
The Tyee. Aug. 7, 2017
If we’re to solve housing crises, we need to agree on what defines affordability, and for who.
The Tyee. May 26, 2017.
Condos, policies that favour homeowners, and leaving the responsibility of housing to the market make Canada a terrible place to rent.
The Tyee. Aug. 5, 2017.
Old settlement patterns have reversed, but old problems of adaptation remain.
The Tyee. March 27, 2017.
Creative thinking, relaxed zoning inspire buildings that add density to neighbourhoods—without adding towers.
The Tyee. May 17, 2017.
There are many creative possibilities when housing is considered a public good.
Megaphone Magazine. September 2017 cover.
Development targets low-income neighbourhoods, such as ethnic enclaves. How do cities protect residents, businesses, and intangible heritage?
Business in Vancouver. July 19, 2016.
From Fraserhood to Crosstown to Port Town, new Metro Vancouver neighbourhood identities are generating opportunities and controversy as demographics and business focuses change
Metro. Oct. 13, 2017.
Photo project highlights gentrifying neighbourhood.
Metro. Dec. 28, 2017.
How renaming and rebranding an old neighbourhood can erase its history. Mountainview has a rich working-class immigrant past.
The Tyee. Oct. 24, 2016.
If you shake off your house addiction, you’ll be happier and healthier, this UBC professor says.
The Tyee. Aug. 17, 2015.
Old god, new tricks? On the ‘Left Coast’, plugged-in (even gluten-free) churches grow while Christianity declines.
The Tyee. Aug. 21, 2017.
Suburbs aren’t going away, but they need to be designed much smarter.
Metro. Oct. 6, 2017.
Migrant malls offer immigrants an easier time transitioning to life in Canada, from overseas goods to the ability to speak in their mother tongue.
Metro. Nov. 2, 2017.
After two decades of mom-and-pops serving the Taiwanese treat, East Asian bubble tea chains open up in Vancouver en masse.
The Tyee. Aug. 3, 2015.
In the scramble for residential land, should industrial areas be sacrificed?
The Tyee. June 25, 2015.
In Vancouver’s fast shifting Chinatown, an ancient game is open to all.
The Tyee. Nov. 25, 2016.
Fully functioning cities need families too. Here’s how they can attract and keep them.
Metro. Dec. 8, 2017
“Rooftoppers” have been visiting tall buildings for decades, but thanks to Instagram, the hobby of photographing and sharing dreamy and dramatic cityscapes from up-top has taken off.
Metro. Dec. 1, 2017.
“Urbex”enthusiasts venture into abandoned buildings, the underbellies of bridges, storm-drain networks, and high-rise rooftops. They often come away with breathtaking photos (and bragging rights).
The Tyee. Aug. 30, 2016.
As a bedroom suburb grows up, who gets left behind?