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Generation Rent: Two Cities, Two Directions

San Fran building

Photo by Jackie Wong.

Beautiful, eclectic, iconic, Pacific harbour towns: the words describe both Vancouver and San Francisco. Yet the two cities have taken different directions in the treatment of renters.

Earlier in 2013, Tyee Solutions Society reporter Jackie Wong visited San Francisco to see what that older but similar city could teach us.

This series was produced by Tyee Solutions Society in collaboration with Tides Canada Initiatives Society. It was made possible through the support of the Real Estate Foundation, Vancity, and BC Non-Profit Housing Association.

Support for this project does not necessarily imply Vancity's endorsement of the findings or contents of this report. TSS funders and Tides Canada Initiatives neither influence nor endorse the particular content of TSS' reporting.

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In This Series


Generation Rent infographic 2

Infographic: Cities of Renters, Vancouver vs. San Francisco

How two West Coast housing markets stack up. Part of a series.

By Jackie Wong and April Alayon, 15 Oct 2013


San Fran Vancouver

Generation Rent: Cities of Renters

While Vancouver worships homeowners, San Francisco tenants are first-class citizens. First in a series.

By Jackie Wong, 15 Oct 2013



Generation Rent: San Francisco's Citizen Tenants

Why does San Fran's tenant majority have so much more clout than Vancouver's? Second in a series.

By Jackie Wong, 16 Oct 2013


Mojo Bicycle Cafe

Generation Rent: Urban Facelifts Serve the Well-Heeled

Do nicer neighbourhoods price residents out of their homes? Third in a series.

By Jackie Wong, 17 Oct 2013


San Francisco apartment building

Generation Rent: The Secret to a Great Rental Home

A visit to San Fran and my new place revealed it. Last in a series.

By Jackie Wong, 18 Oct 2013