Vancouver invites citizens to create new vision for Viaducts and False Creek Flats

Vancouver city council today approved a 10-month high level study of the city’s strategic eastern core from BC Place Stadium to Clark Drive that will include consideration of removing all or part of the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts.

The decision opens the door to a new sustainable neighbourhood in north False Creek that links together Yaletown, Chinatown, Strathcona, the Downtown Eastside and neighbourhoods further east.

It’s an important victory for community organizations like the Vancouver Chinatown Revitalization Committee and the Strathcona Residents Association who spoke out strongly in support of the staff recommendation.

For the first time in 40 years, citizens will be invited to put forward their ideas for this area, which was slated for freeway development until popular protest stopped construction in 19071. Only the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts were ever built.

For the next year  residents will be invited to put their ideas forward in an “ideas fair” and international and local experts will make their own recommendations.

The project also opens the door to planning of the False Creek Flats, the last major area slated for development in the city core.