Vancouver’s missing middle: Dec. 14, 2020 Tyee article highlights videos by Uytae Lee scrutinizing housing gap, between glassy towers and detached houses



A Dec. 16, 2020 Treehugger article is entitled: “This Modern Tiny House Rental Brings in Extra Income for Retiree. Built in an older woman’s backyard, this modern tiny house rental brings in extra cash to help pay the bills.”

An excerpt (the embedded links have been omitted) reads:

That’s the case with this lovely tiny house in Atlanta, Georgia, one of two which were commissioned and constructed by tiny house builder TruForm Tiny (previously) in the backyard of a retiree. Brandi, who is the woman’s daughter, helps to manage the two tiny houses under the banner of FieldTrip ATL. She tells us: “We built these to support my elderly mom who lives in the main house.”


A Dec. 14, 2020 Tyee article is entitled: “This Video Perfectly Explains Vancouver’s ‘Missing Middle’ Housing Mystery: WATCH: The city has a ton of houses and towers, but what about all the stuff in between?”

An excerpt reads:

You’ve probably seen those postcard pictures of Vancouver, the ones with glassy towers, a pristine shoreline and sublime mountains. But this skyscraper vision of the city represents less than one-fifth of the reality.

The rest? Dominated by houses, houses, houses. As Uytae Lee puts it, “it’s either Super Size or Happy Meal.”

Lee is an urban planning grad and video whiz who’s made explainers for the CBC and his own label, About Here. He teamed up with Vancouver non-profit Urbanarium for his latest production The Missing Middle Mystery.


The article features links to several videos. As the lead video by Uytae Lee in collaboration with Urbanarium underlines, the history of Vancouver (and of Canada) – including especially it zoning history – explains many things.

The “Missing Middle” video and other videos highlighted at the article emphasize that tweaks to zoning can potentially enable the missing middle to flourish – and even make life a little more enjoyable for Vancouver residents.

I became interested in the concept of the missing middle after I attended the Nov. 18, 2020 AGM of the Long Branch Neighbourhood Association, and wrote the following post:

Michael Mizzi, a senior planning manager at City of Toronto, spoke about “missing middle” at Nov. 18, 2020 Long Branch Neighbourhood Association AGM

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