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The Viaducts

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Thanks to twitter and Price Tags I have been able to find a picture of what could replace the viaducts in Vancouver. I last wrote about this back in April and the City ran a competition

Visualizing the Viaducts - Submission #71

DIALOG, PWL, Beasley and Green (submission #71)

The proposers wrote

Viaducts gone! Let’s realize the dream of our anti-freeway heroes of yesterday with a bold new strategy of parks and public places. Showcasing history and sustainability, let’s reconnect eastside neighbourhoods and Downtown to False Creek with upper and lower green spaces, museums, monuments and elegant boulevards. Let’s repair urban rhythms without impacting traffic, with great improvements for nature, recreation, non-motorized movement, views and living. Why wait – let’s do this now!

I could not agree more. One of the problems I was concerned about was the existing SkyTrain line. They seem to have left it in place.

The idea that the viaducts could be like New York’s High Line is, I think, mistaken (as is the even dafter notion of keeping the old Port Mann Bridge as a park).

According to Gordon, at last nights Re:Connect awards this “won both a judge’s honourable mention (there was no single winner) and the People’s Choice Award in this category.”

Good. Can we get on with it now please?

UPDATE 15 December 2011

Over 50 comments at the time of writing, so I think it is reasonable to add an update here. Spacing Vancouver has been offline due to problems with their web server and hackers. They are now back and catching up: this morning they added an article by Brent Toderian on the results of re:CONNECT. Spacing Vancouver was also able to use my recent panorama of the Georgia Viaduct taken from in front of  the Concord Pacific sales centre.

Georgia Viaduct from False Creek pano

Written by Stephen Rees

December 2, 2011 at 11:26 am

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