False Creek from above

This 2019 image, taken by Trish Jewison from the Global BC helicopter almost perfectly lined up with our 1982 aerial image. Cambie Bridge has been rebuilt on a slightly different alignment, SkyTrain tracks have been built, and BC Place stadium had a brand new inflatable roof in 1982, and a fairly new retractable one in 2019. There were towers at the end of False Creek, on Quebec Street, but they were the towers of a concrete batching plant, not the residential towers built by Bosa over nearly 20 years from start to finish.

While the buildings on Granville Island look almost the same – although Emily Carr School of Art hadn’t been developed – on the north shore of the creek the only building standing near the waterfront was the CP Roundhouse, still there today (after a fight) and repurposed as a community centre. Amazingly, considering it was still a working waterway with log booms occupying water lots while awaiting processing in the remaining sawmill, there were more recreational boats moored nearly 40 years ago than are permitted today.

While the Concord Pacific development had yet to be designed, the Expo ’86 World’s Fair was being planned; the name, and the committee to make it happen were selected at the end of 1981. Almost all vestiges of industrial use were replaced for a few months with what is surprisingly the last World’s Fair to be held on North American soil.

Image source: Trish Jewison Global BC helicopter.

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Posted 12 October 2020 by ChangingCity in Altered

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