In a city as fast-changing as Vancouver, at a time when a big downtown office-building boom is underway, what stays the same now seems even older and odder. Like this:
Where Davie meets Burrard – one of a half dozen or so significant intersections on the peninsula. Yet it feels blah, undefined, still a bit motordomy. There’s no sense that three distinct neighbourhoods – the West End, Downtown South and the CBD – all meet here. At this intersection, one corner is a garden, another a gas station, a third some ancient storefronts, and the fourth a 70s office tower that would be razed tomorrow if a development proposal was approved.
And developments are being approved. Perhaps if they all proceed within a few years of each other, the new identity of this corner would be the most dramatic change on the peninsula in the next decade – insofar as our mental maps would have to be revised. “Hey, this isn’t any ‘Davie and Burrard’ I remember. This is all new. This is big city. What happened to the hospital?”