Vancouver grapples with a highly complex housing crisis and an exodus of long time locals to the ‘burbs. New Westminster, however, enjoys the problem of not having enough short term accommodation to house a growing number of people travelling through and spending money in our town. Tens, if not hundreds of thousands of people come to our city every year with money to spend. And if you live and work in New West, you should be concerned about where they stay. Here is my story and an oddball suggestion for how to “fix” New Westminster’s accommodation problem.

My husband and I bought the cheapest house in New Westminster on May 3rd, 2012. On May 20th, we opened our first restaurant, and ten days after that, our daughter was born.

Some say we could have planned better. I agree. Continue reading “Busytown”