Vancouver’s fight against freeways: a turning-point in the city’s history

Highway driving just blocks from downtown: the GV today.

Highway driving just blocks from downtown: the GV today.

The fascinating story of Vancouver’s battle with the freeways is recounted in this highly-readable MA thesis by Ken  Mackenzie.

Donald Gutstein’s indispensable Vancouver Ltd. shows the breadth of community resistance to unfettered development, from freeways to the near-destruction of the West End.

Cities, Citizens and Freeways, by urban planner and former councillor Setty Pendakur was published in the wake of the battle in 1972, but can still be found at VPL.