The City Episode April 1, 2014

Divisions and Disparities in Lotus Land

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Growing income polarization in metro Vancouver and a disappearing middle class

Urban geographer Nicholas Lynch discusses the findings of a recent study showing an increasingly divided metro Vancouver region and a disappearing middle class. We?re revisiting this important discussion from April 2013.

Urban social geographer Nicholas Lynch is co-author of Divisions and Disparities in Lotus Land: Socio-Spatial Income Polarization in Greater Vancouver, 1970-2005. The report was originally published in October 2012 by the University of Toronto?s Cities Centre.

The research presents worrisome trends, with an increasingly divided Vancouver and a disappearing middle class. We discuss the social geography of polarization across the region, the implications, and possible policy solutions.