We’re (prob­a­bly) get­ting a High Line of our own

Vancouver Magazine - - Cover Story -

In a city where the real es­tate mar­ket is pos­i­tively bonkers, it seems equally in­sane that sev­eral acres of prime wa­ter­front prop­erty could be left as fal­low con­crete elds for decades. Such has been the case for North­east False Creek, where the wheels of de­vel­op­ment on land owned by Con­cord Pacic De­vel­op­ments have been turn­ing at a painfully slow pace since at least the 1990s. In fact, neigh­bour­ing res­i­dents had all but given up on ever see­ing the park long promised for the area. But lo! This year the project nally jolted out of stag­na­tion with the re­lease of a pro­posal for an 11-acre park to be de­signed by the same team that did New York City’s über-pop­u­lar High Line. Un­der the pro­posal, the park would see va­cant in­dus­trial lands be­come a glit­ter­ing ur­ban gem right on the wa­ter­front, in­clud­ing a skate park and an “el­e­vated park” si­t­u­ated on a de­com­mis­sioned Dun­smuir viaduct. Not ev­ery­one is a fan of the pro­posal, since it re­lies on re­mov­ing the viaducts in favour of an al­ter­na­tive traŒc route into down­town. But for fans of ur­ban de­sign and in­ner city re­newal, or for those oh-so-pa­tient res­i­dents of Crosstown who just want a damn park, the im­pend­ing rein­ven­tion of Van­cou­ver’s wa­ter­front is some­thing to cel­e­brate.

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