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A World Class Divide: Seattle vs. Vancouver on the Housing Crisis


In cities across the world, rent is going up, housing prices are skyrocketing and more people than ever are homeless. For the wealthy elite, however, times have never been better. Voters in Seattle revolted by electing a socialist to city council and supporting plans to tax the rich. But efforts to stoke a political revolution in Vancouver haven’t yet succeeded.

Award-winning journalist Geoff Dembicki spoke with over 20 experts in both cities to find out why. In this five-part series, he reveals the barriers preventing people screwed over by Vancouver’s housing crisis from building political power, and whether those barriers can be overcome in time for a historic civic election in October.

In This Series



Seattle’s Housing Crisis Caused a Political Revolution. Is Vancouver Next?

Award-winning author and contributor Geoff Dembicki interviewed more than 20 experts from both cities. First in a series.

By Geoff Dembicki, 14 Jun 2018



How Developers Sway Vancouver Elections

Despite new campaign donation laws, their influence isn’t over. Second in a series.

By Geoff Dembicki, 19 Jun 2018



Why People Screwed By The Housing Crisis Don’t Vote

Meanwhile, wealthy homeowners turn out reliably to protect their interests at city hall. Third in a series.

By Geoff Dembicki, 27 Jun 2018



The Socialist Activists Fighting Amazon In Seattle

And their advice for Vancouver. Fourth in a series.

By Geoff Dembicki, 9 Jul 2018



Why Vancouver’s Election Is a Referendum on Unchecked Capitalism

In October, voters will decide if City Hall belongs to the rich, or the rest. Last in a series.

By Geoff Dembicki, 13 Jul 2018