My talking head is on TV!
Today’s stormy weather and general traffic chaos kept my taxi to a downtown studio from arriving on time for a scheduled interview about my book with the Business News Network. Nothing like a shot of adrenaline and frustration with a harried taxi-dispatcher (and really, what could she do?) to start my day. On the bright side, we were able to work something out via Skype – not perfect, but it worked for most of the interview. Here’s the link to the video segment. I appreciated them having me on, though it wasn’t clear at the outset where they were planning on taking their questions for me.
In other news appearances, I was on CBC’s The Early Edition on last week, on Monday morning (Oct. 3rd), talking about the accessibility of ownership and its meaning for Canadians (based upon the recent Angus Reid Survey). Here’s the audio! (I’m on at the 01:41:20 mark with Kevin Falcon). Again I had taxi issues! But I ultimately made it down to the studio for the chat, and received a much-prized CBC mug for my efforts.
I also spoke with reporter Wanyee Li, at Metro News, about the problems facing renters in Vancouver, especially those who, like single mothers, often face discrimination by landlords. This was based, in part, on an old study I carried out with Adam Easterbrook and my Built Environments class at UBC on housing discrimination across the metro area and the paper we wrote up entitled “No Room for New Families.”
Later on, Wanyee Li and I spoke again about the potential for densifying Vancouver‘s single-family residential neighbourhoods as a way of improving housing accessibility, touching on the new advocacy group Abundant Housing Vancouver that’s seeking to make that goal a reality. She very kindly inserted another plug to the book there.
So my career as a media juggernaut is rolling along! I’m partially using this blog post just to bookmark all of these appearances, but it’s also a heads-up, of sorts. You can expect to see even more of my mug (or at least my name) as the month progresses. My book, The Death and Life of the Single-Family House, rolls out next week – I’m expecting my hard copy in the mail any day now! – and I’ll be a keynote speaker at Vancouver’s Re:Address Summit on housing affordability on October 27th. Sure to be a Halloween treat!