Mayor’s email, June 25 2013:
Today City Council heard a comprehensive staff report on the future of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts and what opportunities could arise for Vancouver’s future with their potential removal.
This latest report is a turning point: it clearly outlines the major benefits that could be realized in terms of adding extra green space, more affordable housing, and remarkable potential benefits for Vancouver’s historic Chinatown and Strathcona neighbourhoods.
It also addresses many of my concerns about ensuring strong business access to the downtown, clearly demonstrating how bringing Georgia Street down to Pacific Boulevard will create an easy 2-way street in and out of downtown Vancouver.
It’s clear that removing the viaducts represents a major opportunity to positively shape Vancouver’s future, but we want to get it right – and that’s why we still need to hear more from citizens, nearby neighbourhoods, and stakeholders.