When: Thursday, August 6, 2015 12:30 PM
Where: Room 1600, SFU Vancouver at Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings St.
Two years ago, a unanimous City Council asked staff to prepare a report on the condition of the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts, and to explore what opportunities might exist if they were to be removed. The Staff Report will go to Council in September, following public consultations, and SFU City Conversations is getting a preview.
The plan is designed to remove the viaducts’ physical and psychological barrier that, since the 1970’s, has separated Chinatown, Strathcona, Crosstown, and the False Creek neighbourhoods. The extensive report looks at costs of retaining the viaducts, and the benefits and challenges of removing them. It recommends replacement with at-grade roadways, provision for significant affordable rental and rental housing, major expansion of parks, pedestrian and bicycle routes, cultural and sports opportunities, and a new connection from Georgia Street to a reconfigured Pacific Boulevard.
Presenting the plan will be Vancouver city staff Holly Sovdi, lead urban planner for downtown, and Devan Fitch, lead transportation engineer for the Viaducts Project. SFU has also invited a representative of ReConnect Vancouver, a grassroots citizens’ organization supporting a new future for the top end of False Creek.
Then it’s your turn to question, observe, and offer your perspective and opinion. Please feel free to bring your lunch.