As a resident living in Vancouver’s downtown peninsula, vehicle traffic can be the bane of one’s existence. Traveling in and out of the city on a daily basis requires navigating a congested maze replete with an obstacle course of traffic calming devices, cyclists, and spaced out pedestrians oblivious to the fact that their frail corpses are no match for a hunk of metal careening down the street.
The Central building by Onni has perhaps the most visually striking foundational architecture in Vancouver, as its supportive concrete columns extend from the diagonally positioned upper Skybridge down to the common courtyard below. Set for completion later this year, Central stands 22 storeys high, with 304 units ranging in sizes from 515 sqft to 1,470 sqft and prices from $356,900 to $1,398,900.
Vancouver’s 400 hectare urban oasis was recently voted the number one park in the world according to Trip Advisor, a travel website that receives 50 million+ monthly unique visitors, and millions of user reviews; 6,300+ of which were positively attributed to Vancouver’s most revered natural habitat by visitors from around the world.
Hotel Vancouver and Royal York, both managed by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, are up for sale by Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Québec’s pension plan which manages nearly $300 billion in total assets.
It’s a move in an attempt to reduce Caisse’s investment footprint in hospitality, considered to be the riskier real estate asset class due to its volatility. The hotels will continue to be run by Fairmont, as new ownership structure is sought out.
“It will be like living in an idea.”
Words expressed by the Urban Design Panel regarding the recent rezoning approval of 777 – 795 West 41st Ave., where Arno Matis Architecture’s Aperture development will be built in the Cambie Corridor. The structure, much like the 6th and Willow townhouse complex, possesses an architectural presence that welcomely deviates from the standard podium, green glass facade design synonymous with Vancouver’s downtown core.
As Vancouver’s original Downtown founded in 1867, Gastown survived a period of decline and disrepair following the 1960s, today known as a tourist and commercial hub, and home to a number of the city’s most prominent high-tech businesses and startups.
“Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.”
– Arnold Bennett
It’s one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in Western Canada, comprising 35% of Downtown Vancouver‘s peninsula, and with the City under significant development pressure, its existing residential and commercial stock is undergoing a substantial turnover. The concern: does this come at the cost of neighborhood character as change brings new height and density increases to the community?
As a resident since the 2010 Olympics, I’ve witnessed this eclectic community transform, drawing an increasing number of visitors to its highly desirable amenities. The lingering scent of Olympia’s greek food, peaceful sounds of chirping birds, and Denman Street intersection road rage from “over-walkability”, are all atmospheric staples. Nowadays, the sounds of excavators and dumptrucks, mainstream commercial establishments such as Burger King and C-Lovers taking over beloved local shops, and multiple re-zoning permits, makes one curious as to what’s in store for this developing urban landscape.
The West End neighborhood was officially established in 1969, and is a 204 hectare area bounded by Georgia Street to the North, Denman Street to the West, and Burrard Street to the East. The population is approximately 44,543 (Census 2011), with the majority (48%) in the 20-39 age group, at an average of 218 persons occupying each hectare.
The Mount Pleasant area of East Vancouver is a neighborhood that possesses some of the most unique character and historical significance. The Brewery Creek building located at 280 East 6th Ave, carries with it a storied past. Built Circa 1904, this now Class ‘A’ Heritage structure once formed part of the Deering and Marstrand Brewery complex. The location previously had a stretch of waterway run through it, which at the time was integral to the growth and economical development of the area. Over the years, the complex was home to a variety of businesses. It once housed Fell’s Candy Factory, as evident by the remaining signage on the exposed exterior brick wall, as well as a dairy plant, ice plant, and warehouse.
The concept of accessory buildings isn’t anything new. Although typically classified under names such as coach houses, infill housing, and granny flats, the (fairly) new kid on the block, the Lane Way House (LWH) is slowly emerging, and comes with mixed reviews.