In most Vancouver neighbourhoods there has been some land/building development project in recent years. We have been discussing the political economy of development in class. Use these ideas to guide observation of a development project in your census tract.

1. First, consider the type of development. Can you use the concepts from the readings to determine competing interests related to the project?

2. Second, learn what you can about the details of the project. Consider things such as: Was the land rezoned for the project? Was there any controversy about the development?

Once you have chosen your site, you should do some detective work to search for information about the development. We all have good information search skills these days. Do your best to learn about the development project. If you haven’t used it before, I’d suggest trying the Canadian Newsstand Complete database:

For Monday, bring a typed summary of your neighborhood development project example and some tentative analysis.