Vancouver’s 7 Burbs: Surrey Edition

Photo credit: zonaboy on Flickr

On my own blog I try to do a weekly post about Surrey, so when the folks here at Metblogs asked authors to do little features on the ‘burbs in true Surrey girl fashion I just couldn’t say no.

Surrey’s vast history is pretty amazing although for this post I’ve scanned headlines from all over the province and regurgitated them here for all to see. The reason being, most Vancouverites a) don’t read about the suburbs (burbs? what burbs) or b) only hear about Surrey when a crime happens, so hopefully I can enlighten as well as inform about the City of Parks and Canada’s 2008 Culture Capital City.

  • There was a poll released a while back (that of course made news in Vancouver) stating that Surrey residents did not feel safe. The Surrey Leader reports that the findings may have been a bit misleading.

    A majority of those surveyed (77 per cent) said they felt safe at home and in their own neighborhood, but not in the rest of the city after hours.

    That’s despite figures that show Surrey’s per-capita crime rate is well below that of many other Lower Mainland municipalities – and falling. From 2003 to 2006, residential and commercial break-and-enters have fallen 12 per cent, property crime has dropped 14 per cent and auto theft has fallen 38 per cent, and early results for 2007 show the downward trend is continuing.

    [Mayor Diane Watts] believes it’s a case of perception over reality, with Surrey residents responding to the city’s cliched image of a crime-plagued municipality. [Surrey Leader]

    Surrey having a “cliched image of a crime-plagued municipality” – say it isn’t so!

    Most people in the survey ranked speeding, dangerous driving and misbehaving youth as their biggest concerns, while crimes like violence and gang activity were lower down because they are things they rarely, if ever, witnessed.

  • Life is cheaper in Surrey and when you purchase a house – yes, people can afford to buy houses in Surrey – it comes complete with a short-leaved green substance surrounding it… I think those in other parts of the province call it a “lawn”.

    Surrey is, as a suburb, is one of the few places that young couples can afford to buy a home, and a home with a bit of property to it as well. There’s been a fair bit of development in Surrey [Globe and Mail]

    Although the condos in Surrey are popping up all over the place with 15 more expected to begin construction over the next couple of years.

    Surrey’s average price has reached an unprecedented $445 per sq. ft., which is still much lower than many other Greater Vancouver markets. “Surrey is the fastest-growing market in the region… By 2021, it’s believed that (Surrey) will exceed Vancouver (proper) in terms of population and the south Surrey market is the first area where we’re seeing a lot of townhome product come to the market in the next 12 months.” [Business Edge]

  • Surrey also has BC’s youngest residents. Recent census numbers show that close to 108,000 Surrey residents are 19 or younger. [CKNW]
  • Two of those young people are apparently very good athletes. Christabel Nettey and Sabrina Nettey are headed to finals in the 100 hurdles and long jump, respectively, following Saturday’s action at the IAAF World Youth track and field championships. [Star Sports]
  • Speaking of great athletes coming out of Surrey, a teen from my alma mater scored a bronze medal at the Pan-Am games, qualifying him for Beijing in 2008.

    The 17-year-old won a bronze medal in trap shooting yesterday in the Deodoro Military Complex at the Pan American Games. “It’s definitely exciting, lots of pressure, especially in the final rounds,” said the Queen Elizabeth secondary grad. “I had to tell myself to calm down, I can worry after I’m done shooting.” [24 Hours]

    Go Royals! Oh… please hold the comments about the Surrey teen being good at shooting.

  • And help out area farmers and eat healthy by buying local this summer.

    The variety of food available from local farms has grown substantially in recent years. A number of farms have their own markets and there are several organic farms…

    Farmers in Surrey don’t have to depend solely on the Vancouver market – many of their customers are right here at home. On Tuesday, the City of Surrey Agricultural Advisory Committee held its 2007 Farm Tour, highlighting local farms. The City of Surrey is comprised of one third agricultural land and is home to approximately 500 farms. [Surrey Leader]

  • Finally, some quick event reminders about the Cloverdale Blueberry Fair on August 11th and also the Guildford Community Fair this weekend in Holly Park from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Hopefully you’ve learned a little bit about Surrey but to find out more about the city itself and some of the great people who live there, check out some of the following links:

City of Surrey
Surrey History
Surrey Wiki
Tourism Surrey

6 Comments so far

  1. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 1:34 pm

    I enjoy that picture too much.

  2. MJ Ankenman (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 2:57 pm

    Life is cheaper in Surrey and when you purchase a house – yes, people can afford to buy houses in Surrey – it comes complete with a short-leaved green substance surrounding it… I think those in other parts of the province call it a “lawn”…….

    Love yet….great piece…lots of info and humour!

  3. Mark Cannon (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 12:35 am

    Safe, sporty, sexy, sustainable – what a place.

    The Save Our Surrey campaign continues ;-)

    Great to see you back on the MetBlog Rebecca. Nice piece.

  4. josh (unregistered) on July 21st, 2007 @ 11:09 am

    Pic of the year! Is his belt buckle what I think it is?

  5. Rebecca (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 10:36 am

    Josh…oh man… I think so but I hope not.

  6. Ann (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 11:10 pm

    Interesting post

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