There are earlier views across False Creek that illustrate the dramatic change in the city, but this is in some ways more remarkable as our ‘before’ shot was taken in 1985 (before Expo ’86, but after the stadium was built), and the ‘after’ under 26 years later in 2011 (just before we started this blog, but after the new stadium roof had been built).
Almost everything you can see today was built by Concord Pacific, who have developed a series of residential neighbourhoods, often around a park (where the contaminated soils from the former industrial use of the site are stored). The seawall promenade wasn’t in place in 1985; that has also been built as the Concord projects have been built.
There are a few more buildings in the background since the 2011, shot, but there are big changes under construction that will alter it far more, with two hotels an the casino move to the BC Place stadium, and four more towers by Concord Pacific on either side of Cambie Bridge – two already under construction.
There’s more change to come in future as the final large site on the north side of the Creek, the Plaza of Nations, has a proposed rezoning that would see several more residential and commercial buildings, and there are three towers skirting the Rogers Arena, the first well on its way to completion.