To make the Vancouver situation yet more surreal, a Beijing developer has completed a 13-year project outside Beijing airport called Vancouver Forest.
Designed by a Vancouver urban designer named Paul Rosenau, the project is 900 houses that all look like something out of Vancouver’s west side, circa 1912. The irony of course is that wealthy people from Beijing are coming to Vancouver and tearing those very same houses down to build gigantic versions of something else. Our market just continues to get weirder. We have become a city of contradictions. My story in the Globe here.