Vancouver's High Line?
The City of Vancouver could potentially redevelop its twin viaducts, Georgia and Dunsmuir, as public open space, according to a recent article in Vancouver's Georgia Straight. Former Vision Vancouver councilor Jim Green imagines these two overpasses as Canada's first "High Line-style promenades." However, others at the City are pushing for the viaducts to be torn down and replaced with office and residential buildings.
Green states, "One of the things that we could do is to make bicycle lanes and pedestrian park space up there...You could really enliven two different areas of Vancouver." The existing land holds two sports arenas and connects downtown Vancouver to Strathcona, one of the city's oldest residential neighborhoods. The viaducts were originally built in 1913 for streetcars, and were incorporated in 1972 into Vancouver's freeway system.
Will Vancouver build Canada's first elevated pedestrian park, and join the growing ranks of other international cities following in the footsteps of the High Line? Stay tuned...