Viaduct Removal

The FCRA is supported of removing the viaducts but encourages a comprehensive process of investigation into the community-related aspects of the City’s proposal.

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City land on the table in viaduct negotiations December 1, 2015

An 18-month negotiation process is underway as city staff work with landowners to prepare the ground for removing the Georgia and Dunsmuir street viaducts connecting downtown to East Vancouver.

Vancouver council endorsed a staff report recommending removal of the viaducts on October 27, but before demolition begins the city needs to build bridges with the province, BC Pavilion Corp. (PavCo), Concord Pacific Developments Inc. and Aquilini Investment Group. Read more…

Vancouver prepares for life after the viaducts November 20, 2015

…Fern Jeffries, one of the most persistent critics of city and developer plans for the area, fears it will become another stuffed-to-the-gills swath of densely packed glass towers without the childcare spaces, community centre, library facilities and schools that the thousands of new residents will need.JeffriesBeasley

“There’s no social infrastructure, no community building, no education strategy, nothing that has been discussed that gives us confidence,” said Ms. Jeffries. As a frequent spokeswoman for the False Creek Residents Association, she has watched the plans for the area evolve for years. Read more…

Residents believe Vancouver viaducts removal will only benefit developers: survey November 6, 2015vancouver-viaducts-georgia-dunsmuir-984x500

Most residents in Metro Vancouver believe the controversial approved plan to demolish the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts in downtown Vancouver will largely benefit developers at the expense of public interests. Read more…

Metro Vancouver residents suspicious of viaduct removal plan November 5, 2015

Insights West poll reveals 71 per cent of poll respondents believe the plan will benefit developers only. Read more…

Vaughn Palmer: Province and city need to stop sniping, work together November 4, 2015

Rather than being at odds over projects such as the dismantling of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts, the B.C. Liberal government and Vision Vancouver-controlled city council should work together to take advantage of potential new funding from the federal government. Read more…

Viaduct plan stirs controversy October 29, 2015

While councillor questions money matters, residents are angry new park is years away. Read more…

B.C. claims city didn’t consult on viaducts October 29, 2015

ViaductsThe anticipated demolition of Vancouver’s viaducts into downtown has provoked a surprise tussle between the city and the province, which is belatedly claiming there are all kinds of complications with the project. Read more…

Vancouver council votes to tear down Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts October 27, 2015

Vancouver city councillors made the historic and controversial decision to tear down the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts on Tuesday, a choice that will forever change the face of the False Creek and its neighbours. Read more…

Pete Fry: Viaducts removal and Vancouver’s eastern expansion October 27, 2015

If we do it right: with comprehensive traffic management for the East End and a commitment to social and affordable housing; honouring the displacement of the black community at Hogan’s Alley and the diversity and struggle of the area’s low income community; and delivering existing residents their overdue and long-promised Creekside Park; viaducts removal could be a great opportunity for our City.  Read more…

The City of Vancouver’s Viaducts Removal Initiative: Urban Planning or Political Campaign? October 26, 2015

Urban planning always has a political dimension. Professional planners are sometimes asked to undertake planning projects and programs to serve political agendas. Their analyses and recommendations may be massaged to influence the public and various stakeholders in certain ways, and to achieve specific outcomes. Read more…

Viaducts question a chance to make a better city October 25, 2015

Get the ball rolling now, while we still have the space and capacity to make Vancouver even better. Read more…

Developer promises ‘affordability’ on viaduct lands October 23, 2015peter-webb

The vice-president of a development company that stands togain financially from the proposed demolition of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts says the new neighbourhood planned for the area will not be solely for wealthy buyers. Read more…

Road to riches: Public weighs in on removal of Georgia, Dunsmuir viaducts October 22, 2015

Vancouver city council heard from the public Wednesday on the controversial viaducts demolition plan that will clear a road to untold riches for developers.  Read more…

Georgia and Dunsmuir viaduct removals spark debate October 22, 2015

The masses got their chance to talk to city council about removing the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts Wednesday, and 46 speakers took up the offer. Read more…

False Creek Residents Association has concerns about viaduct removal October 21, 2015

Fern Jefferies of the False Creek Residents Association says her group has some unanswered questions about the viaducts’ removal. Listen here…

Vancouver City Council votes in favour of tearing down Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts October 21, 2015

The plan for the viaducts includes expanding Pacific Boulevard and a ramp that will connect Georgia Street to the waterfront; extending Creekside Park into Concord Pacific lands and moving the main flow of traffic from Prior Street to either Malkin or National. The timeline to have the project completed is five years. Read more…

Case builds for tearing down Georgia, Dunsmuir viaducts October 21, 2015

Tearing down the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts was pitched as a “once in a generation opportunity” at Vancouver council Tuesday. Read more…

City of Vancouver reveals artist renderings of viaduct-free downtown October 21, 2015

vancouver-viaduct-removalCity staff painted a picture Tuesday at council of what downtown Vancouver might look like with the removal of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts. Read more…

Tear ‘em down or leave ‘em up: Public divided on Vancouver viaducts removal October 20, 2015

Vancouverites aren’t universally sold on demolishing the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts as council is poised to determine their future – an infrastructure decision that could forever change the city’s east side and False Creek neighbourhoods. Read more…

vancouver-viaducts-skyline-984x500Vancouver viaducts demolition to be the worst transportation policy in city’s history October 15, 2015

First of all, let’s get this straight: this is not an advocacy for car culture. Among urban planning circles, it is widely accepted that you cannot build your way out of congestion and that public transit is key for building an efficient transportation network. Read more…

The new False Creek: Big changes are in store if the city goes through with its plan to tear down the viaducts October 8, 2015

…Work on a long-delayed extension to Creekside Park will start after the viaducts are torn down. It will be south of the SkyTrain tracks, and east of Carrall, and connect to the existing waterfront park by Science World. But the full 13-acre park won’t be complete until all the developments are finished in the new community, which could be five years after the road changes are completed. Read more…

The Future of the Vancouver Viaducts: Q&A with engineering manager Jerry Dobrovolny October 8, 2015

For the past several years, the City of Vancouver has been exploring whether the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts can be replaced with a ground-level street network. According to findings from the City, replacing the viaducts would open up many opportunities including a larger Creekside Park; improved walking, cycling, transit, and driving options; better connections through neighbourhoods; and new space for affordable housing and community amenities. Read more…

City proposes Vancouver tear down viaducts and build new neighbourhood and park in north False Creek October 7, 2015

viaducts1_151007On October 6, the City of Vancouver unveiled its plans for the future of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts. Read more…

Questions remain regarding viaducts, park and profits October 7, 2015

Concord Pacific promised more than 20 years ago to build Creekside Park. Read more…

Vancouver’s $200M viaduct replacement plans include new park October 7, 2015

Details of a $200 million proposal to replace Vancouver’s Georgia and Dunsmuir street viaducts, including a new 13-acre park on the shore of False Creek, were revealed by senior planners from city hall today. Read more…

Viaducts plan approved October 6, 2015

11418372City Council has approved plans to replace the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts with a ground-level street network. Read more…

City planner recommends demolition of Vancouver viaducts October 6, 2015bc-viaducts06nw1

A piece of downtown freeway that was created in the 1960s should be demolished before new development makes that impossible, the city’s chief planner said as staff did a public launch of the plan to take the viaducts down. Read more…

Vancouver unveils details on removing viaducts October 6, 2015

Vancouver city planners are pitching the $200-million project to remove the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts as the best solution to foster development and allow for seamless traffic into the downtown core — complete with a 13-acre park. Read more…

Vancouver unveils $200-million plan to remove Georgia, Dunsmuir viaducts October 6, 2015

Vancouver has unveiled its new $200-million plan to demolish the downtown viaducts, but major questions remain about the future flow of traffic to the east. Read more…

Vancouver viaducts removal cost climbs to $200 million October 6, 2015

The proposed plan to demolish Vancouver’s Dunsmuir and Georgia viaducts and build new park space has soared to $200 million, an increase of $70 million from earlier estimates when the City of Vancouver began exploring the feasibility of the project. Read more…

Video: The Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts: Past, present and future October 6, 2015

Everything you need to know about the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts from the past, present and future. The viaducts removal proposal will go for approval from city council on Oct. 21, 2015. Read more…

Viaduct decision expected this month October 5, 2015

The cost of demolishing the Dunsmuir and Georgia Street viaducts has jumped to $200 million from $130 million, but after two years of studying the plan, Vancouver city planners are more confident than ever that removal is the best option. Read more…

Should a viaduct run through it? Vancouver city council to decide soon October 5, 2015

The cost of demolishing the Dunsmuir and Georgia Street viaducts has jumped to $200 million from $130 million, but after two years of studying the plan, Vancouver city planners are more confident than ever that removal is the best option. Read more…

Bye bye, viaducts: Vancouver planners discuss what happens after the tear down August 6, 2015

Planners outlined their arguments for tearing down the elevated roadways leading to the downtown core at an SFU City Conversations public meeting on Thursday. Read more…

Viaducts debate focuses on traffic and development August 6, 2015

As the City of Vancouver begins to argue publicly for why it should take down the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts, questions are being asked about whether the city has fully considered traffic impacts and has a workable plan for the reclaimed lands. Read more…

Local residents concerned about traffic ahead of Vancouver viaduct teardown decision July 28, 2015

Vancouver City Council is expected to make their final decision on the teardown of two viaducts in September, but concerns still loom for residents closest to the plan. After holding two different protests in 2012, the Strathcona Residents’ Association said that their concerns about traffic has not been met with reasonable answers. Read more…

Rentals to capitalize on Crosstown potential after removal of viaducts July 24, 2015

Considering how little developable land there is near downtown Vancouver, the inevitable removal of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts is a golden opportunity for the city to create a neighbourhood from a fairly blank slate. Read more…

viaducts After two years of studying whether the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts should remain standing or be flattened, city staff has reached a decision on the future of the elevated roadways: Knock the suckers down. Read more…

City engineers to recommend removal of Vancouver’s two viaducts July 22, 2015

City staff will recommend this fall that Vancouver’s two viaducts – remnants of a commuter route between the downtown and the east – should be taken down. Read more…

Vancouver Future of Vancouver viaducts to be decided in fall 2015 June 14, 2015

A final decision to tear down Vancouver’s viaducts is expected this fall after the city gathers feedback from residents this summer. Read more…

Burned by Business in Vancouver July 4, 2013

The FCRA had a good presence at City Hall when Council met to decide on whether to proceed with the staff request for $2,000,000+  to continue their work on planning for removal of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts. Read more…

Our Coalition Partner express common themes to City Council June 26, 2013

Here is the letter to Mayor and Council from the Ray Cam Cooperative Community Association and the Inner City Safety Society. Read more…

The FCRA supports the Strathcona Residents Association position on the potential for removing the viaducts March 1, 2013

Strathcona and adjacent neighbourhoods are excited about the City’s proposal to remove the Viaducts in order to utilize the lands underneath to bring opportunity for new, beneficial developments for Vancouver. Read more…

To Mayor And Council on Removal of The Viaducts September 12, 2012

We recognize that the whole city should be engaged in the discussion of the removal of the viaducts. Read more…

Rogers Arena towers proposal: Green Roofs, A Hockey Rink and Less Viaduct February 21, 2012

According to News 1130, there wasn’t much opposition to the Rogers Arena towers development when the City of Vancouver hosted the first open house on the comprehensive proposal Monday night. Read more…

A Plan To Behead Vancouver’s Urban Serpent: The Georgia Viaduct February 17, 2012

“Just look at all this wasted space,” says Larry Beasley, as he drives underneath the Georgia Viaduct near Quebec Street on a sunny February afternoon. Read more…
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