Urban Studies

The following is an excerpt from my final research project in the SFU Urban Studies program. If you’re interested in Main Street Skytrain Station, the neighbourhood around it, or the history of land-use planning policies in eastern False Creek, you’ll love this series!

A pivotal moment in the history of Vancouver’s transportation policies was the rejection of a downtown freeway system over forty years ago. A proposal in 1967 to open up expanding commercial development downtown with a new freeway (the route would have been along Main Street) was met with intense public opposition. By 1972, after several years of failed attempts to scale back and revise the proposal, the plans to build the freeway through Chinatown and along the waterfront were scrapped and a new political party, TEAM, was elected to council. By then, investment in a regional rapid transit system was favoured not only by residents, but the…

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