Chinatown looks forward to Viaducts removal: Ming Pao

This just in from today’s Ming Pao, reporting on correspondence arriving at City Hall urging removal of the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts:

City of Vancouver staff will present a report to council within the next two months which will make recommendations for what do with the viaducts.

Councillor Geoff Meggs said the viaducts are only east-west connections. The new proposal would provide a north-south link as well as an east-west one across the flats so that people would be able to come down terminal and make a lot of good connections. City engineers are saying this would meet our needs long term, he said.

Vancouver Chinatown Merchants Association president Tony Lam welcomes the news, saying they have been in touch with a City a number of times on the issue.

He said the viaducts now act as a barrier that separate Chinatown (from Downtown) away so people are reluctant to go there.  As the viaducts are not used by many people, it shouldn’t have big impacts if they are removed and the opportunity of building more residential housing would also benefit Chinatown’s economic development.