The following post is by DJC staff:
Want to know more about the way millennials are changing Metro Vancouver — and other cities around the world, like Seattle?
You can catch a free public talk on the topic next week in Vancouver or watch a live webcast on Tuesday, Sept. 16, starting at 7 p.m.
The speaker is Dr. Markus Moos, assistant professor of planning at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. He will share insights into millennials focusing on their values; housing and commuting decisions; and transportation preferences — especially what this means for employers, developers, planners and other residents.
The talk is presented by TransLink and Simon Fraser University’s City Program.
If you want to attend the event it will be in SFU Harbour Center at 515 W. Hastings St. Registration to attend is required.
Millennials are the folks who started to reach early adulthood around 2000 and they outnumber even the Baby Boomers. A press release from Simon Fraser University says there are roughly nine million millennials in Canada and more than 500,000 in Metro Vancouver. They think, communicate, travel and work differently from their parents and grandparents.
SFU offers some stats about millennials:
• More than 25 percent of Metro Vancouver’s population are millennials.
• The percentage of young adults living in neighborhoods near transit is two to three times the Metro Vancouver average.
• Living close to downtown is important to millennials in cities across North America — in Vancouver, proximity to transit matters more than to downtown alone.
• Fewer and fewer millennials hold drivers’ licenses or own a vehicle, with a more than 10 percent decrease among 25–to-29-year-olds and five percent among 30-to-34-year-olds from 2004 to 2013. Young adults in 2011 used transit 11 percent more than their counterparts in 1999.
SFU says Markus Moos is a planner and assistant professor who does research on the changing economy and social structure of cities. He has examined the factors shaping Canada’s housing markets; the changing characteristics of suburbs; and the implications of change on affordability, sustainability and equity.
He lived in Vancouver from 2006 to 2010 and completed his PhD at the University of British Columbia.