Surrey’s affordable housing stays close to transit

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Photo courtesy of City of Surrey.

Reported by Reuben Dongalen Jr.

New developments for affordable housing units in Surrey are prioritizing transit-friendly locations.

Metro Vancouver released a report of their findings after a public consultation in 2011 called the ‘National Household Survey,’ collecting information on their travel to work for one out of three households in the region.

They were also able to collect data from the 2006 Census and found that workers are the main source of transit ridership.

Transit use is three times higher in high density areas as opposed to low density areas.

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Surrey School board receives results from Public Consultation

Reported by Reuben Dongalen Jr.

Lord Tweedsmuir is on the brink of changing catchment boundaries to help alleviate their overcapacity issue.

Last spring, the Surrey school board sent a survey for public consultation with options on possible changes to create the catchment boundaries for the new high-school under construction, Salish Secondary school.

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Gang violence not a significant issue in Whalley, for now

Despite Surrey residents’ in Whalley ongoing concerns on gang violence in Whalley, Surrey RCMP say it’s not a significant issue and that violent crime has dropped.

One of the ongoing issues in Surrey for years has been the violence and shootings in Whalley, notoriously one of the most dangerous and crime-active cities in the Lower Mainland. Organized crime associated with gangs, or known as “gang violence” by the public has been a category of concern.

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Surrey’s homeless treated poorly by bylaw officers

Reported by Reuben Dongalen Jr.

On Oct. 3, Monday, homeless of the notorious 135a community gathered for a rally and protest at Surrey City Hall regarding the city’s “unfair treatment.”

According to the community, they say they’re forced to get up from bed, and after leaving their site, whether it is to tend to their day jobs or search for ways to improve their living conditions, possessions are at risk of being taken away by the city and its bylaw officers.

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Surrey residents highlight the city’s biggest issues

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PHOTO BY HUFFINGTON POST CANADA — Overhead photo of the city of Surrey.

As Surrey continues to grow rapidly, the city’s issues become more and more apparent, leaving the community and the local government to try and catch up.

Surrey is currently the second largest city population-wise in British Columbia, with projections to surpass the city of Vancouver’s population significantly in the next two-three decades.

Surrey has been tagged with several issues, especially in the last couple years, again, due to the significant rise in population.

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The early development of Surrey

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BCER Station in Cloverdale, BC, taken in 1911.

Surrey, British Columbia, incorporated as a municipality in 1879, officially established as a city on September of 1993, is one of the largest and fastest growing cities in the Lower Mainland; it’s the province’s third largest city by area, and second-largest in population just after Vancouver. However, Surrey is expected to surpass Vancouver’s population by 2030.

 

There are six areas that are the town centres of the city: Guildford, Whalley/City Centre, Cloverdale, Fleetwood, South Surrey and Newton.

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