Springtime in the lower mainland finds us in the pink
Last week I began doing research on Vancouver for an article that I was working regarding the recent oil spill. It really is quite remarkable how Vancouver has in fact changed. The thing now is the height of the buildings they are erecting in the downtown core.
Having worked in the architectural world for eight years the term ‘densification’ has been tossed about and embraced by cities throughout the lower mainland. There is really nowhere to go but up. At one time Vancouver had height restrictions regarding the view of the mountains. As you will see the Vancouver skyline is being dominated by high-rise condo towers. This is trickling into the suburbs as well. I live in New Westminster and there are two 19 storey buildings going up. One is on the corner from my building and the other is right next door. They are planning on building three towers down on the New West Quay which sits right on the water. I’ve seen signs up in front of automotive shops over on Carnarvon Street indicating that application for rezoning has been made with the image of yet another tower to be built.
New Westminster has held onto many of her historical buildings. And I am now wondering what is to become of this place? Is New West going to follow in the footsteps of Vancouver with condo towers obliterating the river view?
The following photo essay is a then and now expose.
Downtown Vancouver in the 1970’s and today
As you can see industry once ruled the waterfront.
This location now houses Science World. This vantage point shows the Georgia Viaduct at the top of the photo and we are looking at Quebec St. northbound
This is Science World today as it sits at the mouth of False Creek.
Industry no longer exists on this part of the waterfront and a seawall has been built along the shore line. You can now walk from Kitsilano Beach over to Coal Harbour. Might take you a few hours.
Above the Burrard Street Bridge with the Granville St. Bridge to your right looking at the downtown core in the 1970’s
The Cambie Street bridge which was built and opened in 1983 and the view of the downtown core now. As you can see the difference over just a 20 year span is quite dramatic.
The Vancouver Skyline today is slowly obliterating the mountain view
View of Burrard Street Bridge from Granville Island
Image of the old Cambie Street Bridge. You can see the waterfront was used primarily for industry. This would begin to change in the late 1970’s when the city began to buy back the land and redevelop False Creek area West of the Cambie Bridge
Granville Island 1971 was a rough area at that time.
Granville Island today is a tourist hot spot.
A shantytown was set up on Granville Island when the sawmills began to struggle during the Great Depression
The marina now hosts houseboats and a yachts galore
The Mansion sits at Davie St. & Cardero St. just a few blocks up from English Bay. It was built by Rogers who also built the Sugar Refinery. This grand dame has served as a restaurant for many years and is currently sitting empty. It is a heritage house though. It is believed to be haunted.
Quite the change to False Creek.
Some views of the City. Top Left: Downtown view from Granville Bridge circa 1970’s
Bottom Left: Aerial view of Granville Bridge circa 1990’s
Top Right: View from Hotel Vancouver looking North circa 1930’s
Bottom Right: Science World looking East circa 2000’s
Sunset Beach was developed back in 1977 and a photo of the Grey Whale that returned to False Creek in 2010
The Hotel Georgia
The Hotel Vancouver, downtown Vancouver
8th & Columbia in New Westminster
Commercial Dr. & Napier Street, Vancovuer
1st & Clark Street in Vancouver
Commercial & Broadway looking west
Industry in the City circa 1970’s
The Blue Horizon Hotel on Robson St.
This is one of the few industries that still remains on Granville Island. They have worked very hard, however, to conform to keeping their business practices environmentally sound.
Commercial Dr. & 1st Ave looking East & West
Granville Street Bridge heading North into the downtown core.
Well I do hope you’ve enjoyed this little photographic essay. As stated I personally would like to see them slow down on the building. Vancouver’s transformation and her surrounding suburbs has been quite remarkable.
Thanks for stopping by.