Despite the past poor reputations of Surrey, the real estate in this city is booming now.And the city government is trying several new city development projects, including extend the current Skytrain line, and build more light train railways, and considering connect Vancouver with Seattle via fast train with the starting terminal in Surrey.Generally speaking, the investments are flowing in this city in recent years.
Different from Vancouver west where lived many retired people, and Richmond where the Chinese are the main residents, the city of Surrey now is a diversified area and most new immigrants come to Surrey for employment opportunities.
Surrey has long been seen as a downside of the lower mainland, with more low income rental apartments and a huge SE Asian population.Now it is always in the news for the gang related shooting that happen at least once a month, the last one was mid afternoon within 100 yards of an elementary school.The SE Asian males are involved in drugs and gangs and there seems to be a war between 2 or more gangs for control of the very lucrative trade.
There are also a lot of homeless people in the area, as developers bought up and tore down the older, affordable apartment buildings to put up expensive condo towers, people were left with nowhere to live, so took to tent cities on vacant land, or sleep on the streets.
It is all about reputation.For many years, Surrey was considered the ghetto because of the strip on 135 street and the headlines about gang activity.Now the strip is gone and you hear just as many reports if not more about gangs in Metro Vancouver, Langley, and Abbotsford.
Your premise is wrong.Surrey has been growing by leaps and bounds for the last 30 years.They cannot build new housing fast enough to accommodate all the people who want to live there.
When I worked at the Surrey School District in the 1990s in technology support, we open 4 new high schools in one year to accommodate the population growth.Lots of elementary schools too.
I’m not sure you have the correct information.They have built, and continue to build, condominiums at a discomforting rate, as if we’re going to be housing the rest of the world.The condos aren’t staying vacant very long despite being a quite expensive for the square footage (so I’m told).
Lack of good restaurants, clubs, bars, transit, parks, entertainment, etc.If Vancouver is no fun city than I don’t even know what to call Surrey.Great if you want to stay home, if you have a large family, if you spend 60% of your free time working and spend the rest doing gig economy stuff.
Surrey is relatively affordable compared to other Vancouver area.I have seen more families are moving to Surrey.If you love Indian food, there are so many great Indian restaurants in Surrey.
And there are a couple of great schools there too.like Diamond Elementary school, Southridge School.I think in general it’s great for families and kids friendly.
I have lived in Surrey for a long time and I would Not want to live there again.It has no flair.The only culture you can really distinguish are the many Sikhs (from India) that live there.
Basically a townhouse hell (with the occasional 8000 sq.ft.
Why is Surrey less popular as a place to live than Metro Vancouver?Surrey is a very large geographical area with a very diverse population.Unfortunately some of the rougher areas have a highly visible and bad reputation for drugs and crime.
This serves to unjustifiably taint the entire city.