City Conversations – Viaducts or Via-don’ts: The future of upper False Creek

Viaducts or Via-don’ts: The future of upper False Creek

When: May 17, 2012
Time: 12:30-1:30 pm
Location: Harbour Centre, Room 1425
Admission: Free

For 25 years, the top end of False Creek, potentially one of the most beautiful and accessible parts of Vancouver, instead has been bare land traversed by two elevated roads. Is there an alternative to the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts that keeps traffic flowing? What is their impact on adjacent neighbourhoods?

What might replace acres of asphalt parking lots and chain-link fences? Why haven’t existing plans been implemented for two decades? Is now the time for better solutions that include more public amenities?

Starting the conversation are Vancouver City Councillor Geoff Meggs; Urban Designer and Crosstown resident Frank Ducote, and Shirley Chan, whose family led the 1960s fight to stop freeways from decimating Chinatown, Gastown and Strathcona. Then it’s your turn to ask questions, and share opinions and ideas. Spread the words!

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About City Conversations

Urban design. Culture and art. Planning and architecture. The environment, agriculture and food. Health. The economy and what drives it. Housing, neighbourhoods and special places. Transportation. Social issues. These are some of the topics of City Conversations, a new series of Thursday noontime meet-ups at Simon Fraser University’s Vancouver campus.

Bring your lunch, and settle in to listen to the most knowledgable people we can find on the most current topics affecting Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Whenever possible, we’ll try to provide experts with contrasting views, to get the facts out front and the conversation rolling. Then ask your questions and present your opinions, so we all can learn from each other.

Make it a habit to drop by the first and third Thursday of each month. SFU’s Vancouver campus is only 100 steps from Waterfront Station, the heart of the region’s transit network. We start promptly at 12:30 PM, and end promptly at 1:30 PM, so you can get on with the rest of your day. No fees or registration, and just one favour: please unwrap your sandwich before the conversation starts.