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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Bargain hunters could find rich pickings in Spain’s distressed housing market

Bargain hunters could find rich pickings in Spain’s distressed housing market

Spanish villa for sale at “negotiable” price of € 500,000 ($619,000 CAD): property values have dropped over 22 per cent since 2008 and there is an oversupply of distressed properties on the market. Some see it as an ideal time to snatch up a bargain. Spain is ranked near the top among European countries for quality… Continue Reading

Toronto’s new chief planner sees transit as top challenge

At the heart of planning lies a commitment to humane city-regions, healthy environments and social well-being for everyone. Planners work for the public good—tempering market and bureaucratic rationalities with radical-democratic considerations and injecting a wholistic view to debates about urban futures. They pursue these objectives as policy makers, public servants, builders, researchers, community organizers and… Continue Reading

Are condo developers reflecting public attitudes about parking, or shaping them?

Are condo developers reflecting public attitudes about parking, or shaping them?

The ratio of condos to parking spaces is widening in Toronto. In some buildings there are more bike lockers than parking spots. Are we becoming less car dependent? Even casual observers have probably noticed that the number of surface parking lots in Toronto has been steadily dwindling over the years, as more and more buildings… Continue Reading

More travellers open to hosteling vacations, according to survey

Value-minded travelers might want to consider hostelling as an option. According to a leading hostel booking website, hostelworld.com, business is booming and more people than ever are interested in the hostel experience. They teamed up with the Lonely Planet people and surveyed 5,000 people in 141 countries, and found that the vast majority (94 per… Continue Reading

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