June 7, 2018

Vancouver’s Cultural Dilemma: Heritage and Reconciliation

It was interesting timing; the May 14th announcement by Ian Campbell, Hereditary Chief of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), that he would seek the Vision Vancouver mayoral candidate nomination, and the following announcement.

Via GlobeNewsWire:

On May 15, 2018, City of Vancouver Council unanimously approved the Policy Statement for the Heather Street Lands. The Policy Statement sets direction for how the land will be used, providing 2,000 homes in the growing Cambie Corridor, including 400 units of affordable housing.

Here’s where the cultural dilemma enters the picture.

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Courtesy of Judy Bishop, a long-time Vancouver area technology marketing executive, and now apparently another one of those maddening people with “the best job in the world” (our take, anyways — she takes photographs for Getty Images).

Bishop recently found a special perspective on a building that, if you happen to spend any time in the wind channel tucked between the West End and Coal Harbour, you’ve seen a million times…but maybe you’ve never seen it like this.

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Sadly, this may be the last in the series of panoramic retrospectives of Vancouver for a while.

Seeing the changes in our skylines, sightlines and view corridors over the years —via photographs from 1978, 2003, and 2018, by ‘Changing Vancouver‘ blog co-author Andy Coupland — has been somewhat startling.

Did we really have that many warehouses and heavy industry on now-coveted waterfront residential and recreational property? Was the world really that brown?

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More retrospective eye candy from ‘Changing Vancouver‘ blog co-author Andy Coupland; this time, the view from the Georgia Viaduct, looking south, from 1978, 2003, and earlier this month:

Again, the eastbound viaduct will also soon retire, eliminating this perspective from future rounds. Unless, of course, Andy can finagle his way into one of the towers clustered in the area.

Which brings us to the “alt take” from this series.

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Since 2001, Heritage Vancouver has published this well-regarded annual Top10 list on historical sites facing threats, challenges, or simply the need for awareness and understanding.

Climb aboard a Transit Museum Society (TRAMS) historic bus for an exclusive guided tour of Heritage Vancouver’s Top10 sites for 2018.

2018 Top10 Watch List:
  1. Heather Street Lands and Fairmont Academy
  2. Chinatown
  3. Gastown
  4. Schools: David Lloyd George Elementary
  5. Neighbourhood Businesses: the end of mom and pop stores?
  6. False Creek Flats Industrial Heritage
  7. Sinclair Centre
  8. Britannia Community Centre
  9. Takehara/Yada Apartments
  10. UBC War Memorial Gym

You’ll see and hear first hand about these Top 10 sites and their associated issues, while riding along on a historic bus around Vancouver.

Saturday June 9
1 – 5 pm

Meet in front of the Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut Street at Vanier Park
Tickets: $40; Heritage Vancouver Members: $30

Tickets available here.

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From About Here founder Uytae Lee — part of the team at Halifax-based PLANifax — comes the following video, entitled “Why are we getting rid of a highway in Vancouver?”.
It’s a cogent and thorough backgrounder on Vancouver’s viaduct teardown project.
It runs 5:28. It’s light, heavy, serious and fun at the same time. And it’s worth every second.

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