Communities around False Creek express support for review of Georgia, Dunsmuir Viaducts

Ever since council unanimously approved an engineering study on the future of the Georgia Viaducts, I’ve been doing the rounds of community associations from False Creek to Grandview Woodlands explaining the study, the options under review, and how citizens can provide their views.

There’s increasing interest and excitement about the possibility of an entirely different future for this area in the heart of our city. Many welcome the idea of a plan that knits together some of our oldest and newest neighbourhoods by removing of the stub of Vancouver’s long-ago rejected freeway system.

The current city study is looking at options to reconnect traffic if the viaducts are modified or removed. They were closed completely, of course, during the Olympic Winter Games.

At a meeting at Citygate last week, about 50 residents asked questions for about 90 minutes after reviewing this presentation I have developed to outline the study.

(A contractor has been selected after a competitive process, more traffic data is being assembled and a report should be ready for report to council late in the spring.)

So far, as the Youtube video above demonstrates, the support has been very good.  If council agrees, the traffic and soils study now under way will be followed by a second phase to consider urban design and financial aspects. My key message: we could change the future of this area, but only if neighbouring communities get engaged.

Look here for more information on the Viaducts review and the potential for change.