200 jam forum on future of Viaducts

More than 200 jammed Thursday’s forum on the future of the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts, energized by the prospect of turning north False Creek into the centre of a major revitalization of the downtown peninsula.

By all accounts there was widespread agreement that the three scenarios now under study by the city — which would see removal over a five to 20-year period, depending on new rapid transit investment — may be too conservative.

The full study outlined Thursday comes to council in May. That’s when community leader and activists will have to be on hand to show their support for a second phase of the study to look at the urban opportunities people like architect Bing Thom and former city planner Larry Beasley believe are at hand.