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Burnaby Boom: A Bedroom 'Burb Grows Up


Photo by Christopher Cheung.

Burnaby has been overshadowed by Metro Vancouver cities for many years. It was the middle stop on an electric rail between grand, growing downtowns. Then it was the bedroom community known as Vancouver’s village. But today, Burnaby has a skyline that may become B.C.’s tallest, is the most “super-diverse” city in Canada, and has even won a prize for being the nation’s best run city.

How did this bedroom ‘burb grow up? Hear from Mayor Derek Corrigan, a single-mom starting fresh in Burnaby, and young people questioning their place in the city.

This story of Burnaby in two parts chronicles the city’s rise, its place as the Metro Vancouver region’s middle child, and the costs of its growth.

In This Series



Burnaby Boom: ‘Inevitable’ Redevelopment Leaves Renters Insecure

Mayor concedes affordable housing will be lost, but says he’s hamstrung by senior governments. Part one of two.

By Christopher Cheung, 29 Aug 2016



Burnaby Boom: From Bedroom ‘Burb to Growing City

Vancouver’s neighbour finally evolving into its role at the geographic centre of the region.

By Christopher Cheung, 30 Aug 2016

Real Cities Give Their People Places to Pee

Public washrooms should be plentiful and accessible, says one scholar. And cities that do flush, flourish.

By Christopher Cheung