Neighbourhood Level Census Data

The value of stable geographies.

Jens von Bergmann

6 minute read

The neighbourhood level custom tab the City of Vancouver pulls for every census has arrived on the open data portal today. We have not worked much with that data because the 2011 dataset excluded the NHS, but it’s worth revisiting with the 2016 data now available. (Hopefully the 2011 NHS data will get retroactively added, it’s a bit of a shame that it’s missing and CoV return rates were quite reasonable.

Real Estate Industry

Digging through NAICS definitions.

Jens von Bergmann

5 minute read

I keep seeing people circulate claims of the type: The Real Estate Industry makes up x% of British Columbia’s GDP, and apparently I am the last person left that doesn’t know what that actually means. So I decided it’s time for me to catch up. Yesterday I saw a chart that came with a source, a good opportunity to sit down and reproduce it to figure out what the “Real Estate Industry” is, or in this case how to measure the “Addiction to Housing Boom”.

Empty Suites

What we have learned from the "Supply Myth" debate.

Jens von Bergmann

14 minute read

One of the constructive outcome of the “Supply Myth” discussion was the spotlight it shone on secondary suites. While we have already touched on this topic, it is wroth to fully flesh this out. With the perpetual empty home discussion in Vancouver one would have thought that the numbers by structural type of dwelling would have percolated through to the empty home hive mind. According to the 2011 census, which structural type of dwelling had the highest rate of unoccupied dwelling units in Metro Vancouver?

Jens von Bergmann

4 minute read

Two days ago we took a first look at motor vehicle traffic counts, now it is time to turn to pedestrian lights. Everyone knows the “beg buttons” that pedestrians need to push for the pedestrian signal to turn green. If you forget to push the pedestrian light might stay red even if parallel motor vehicle traffic has a green light, all in the name of efficiency of motor vehicle traffic.

Local vs Overseas Investors

Creative uses of non-resident owner data.

Jens von Bergmann

2 minute read

Nathan Lauster just opened up an interesting way to look at CHSP data – by folding in the SFS. I have played with SFS data in the past but it clearly is time to revisit this and reproduce Lauster’s numbers. Let’s also fold in census estimates for that to see how these numbers match up. I have nothing to add to the excellent commentary from Lauster’s original post, so please head over there for good context of these estimates.