Excerpt: As the City of Vancouver works to solve its crushing affordability crisis by building higher, with condo towers becoming homes for everyone from single professionals to couples with children, the infrastructure needed to accommodate the corresponding influx of people is struggling to keep up.
Larry Beasley, former chief planner for the city, said developing downtown for families with children was a primary objective for the city starting in the 1980s. Vancouver has been successful at getting people to live downtown, but he acknowledged the city is behind in delivering schools.
The issue has been a constant headache for Mr. Tan’s family. First, he found it hard to get his child into preschool, and then kindergarten.