False Creek South: An Experiment in Community [Weekend Watch]

False Creek South has been a showcase for the benefits of mixed-income and mixed-use living for the past 40 years; including hundreds of co-operative homes. However, the pending end of city leases and federal operating agreements will lead to significant changes and challenges in the community over over the coming decades.

This video takes a look back and explores what may lie ahead. Continue reading

Doris Koo: Preserving the Legacy of Co-operative Housing

Accomplished U.S. affordable housing developer Doris Koo (Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.) keynote presentation at the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada‘s 2013 annual meeting in Calgary, Alberta. She explains explains to 600 co-op delegates how Canada’s co-operative housing movement can leverage over $5 billion in real estate assets to innovate and grow.

Co-operative Housing: More than a Home [Video]

Canada’s 2,200 housing co-ops provide secure, self-determined, community-oriented affordable housing to a quarter of a million people with wide ranging incomes and backgrounds. This short documentary visits five housing co-ops across Canada, interviewing members and managers about how co-op housing transforms neighbourhoods and improves people’s lives.

More than a home

Look for clip of the First Avenue Athlete’s Village Housing Co-operative (where I live) at 0:19, 0:33, 1:18, 2:08, 5:17, and 5:38.

This video was produced by Novel Pictures for the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada to commemorate the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives (IYC). It was selected as one of seven winners of the United Nations IYC Short Film Contest.