EXPO 2001: 15 Years Later
On the 15th Anniversary of Expo 86 I took a walk along the site with a video camera in tow to document what has happened to the area over the years.
The plan for the site is to build housing along the waterfront with some commercial space allocated for Pacific Boulevard. Slated as the largest urban renewal project in North America, the entire site is to be finished in 2016.
The development has had mixed reviews. Some architects hail the neighbourhoods as a model for urban living in the 21st century. Critics have scoffed that the architecture looks like a cross between "The Jetsons" and the Chicago ghetto projects of the 1950s. Regardless of the reviews, the pricey condominiums are selling quickly.
Among the clusters of condominiums, there are three large parks. The Oceanfront has been left as public space. Vancouver's famous Seawall has been expanded to make one continuous oceanfront promenade from the downtown harbour to Science World in False Creek. The young trees and gardens have yet to mature.
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