Monthly Archives: September 2012

To Mayor And Council on Removal of The Viaducts

City staff plan

City staff plan

We recognize that the whole city should be engaged in the discussion of the removal of the viaducts. The viaducts serve as a major transportation corridor providing access to the city core from the eastern part of our city. The area around False Creek has the potential to be a significant heritage and green space – a recreation destination for residents and visitors alike.

There are many wonderful features in the plans presented by city staff and we are supportive of the actual removal of the viaducts. However, speaking on behalf of residents who will be most directly impacted by any changes, we cannot endorse the city plan at this time’ without a comprehensive process of investigation into the community related aspects of this proposal. We would hope that this process evolves over the course of one year, maximum, to ensure that the process itself does not devolve into a lengthy debate without resolve.

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Can condo-zones save Vancouver’s beleaguered Chinatown?

Article from National Post, September 29, 2012
By Brian Hutchinson

Joe Wai remembers when this city’s Chinatown wasn’t synonymous with danger, drugs and filth. When people weren’t warned to steer clear of the place. Back in the 1970s, businesses thrived. Neon signs illuminated even alleyways, and restaurants remained open all night. “The sidewalks were jammed with people,” says Mr. Wai, a prominent Vancouver architect. “Things were never so good. But it didn’t last.”

We all know what happened. Drug users invaded the neighbourhood next door, the Downtown Eastside, and spilled into Chinatown’s streets. When social workers set up shop, some of the best entrepreneurs gave up and left. A once great neighbourhood became identified with Vancouver’s worst.

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