Last week, Vancouver City Council approved the False Creek North Plan. With this exciting decision, a lot comes together for Vancouver’s inner-city that has been in gestation for many years. Back in the early-1990s, when the overall plan for False Creek North was put together, we had great aspirations for the east end of False Creek but there were problems that had to be solved before the best ideas could possibly see the light of day.
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Not the least of those problems was removal of the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts. Back in the 1990s, it was hard to even conceive the demolition of these long, intrusive bridges — the only piece of the abandoned freeway that was ever built. People said the traffic would go crazy and downtown would be cut off from the east. The traffic plan that was finally discovered was simply to finish Pacific Boulevard as a two-way thoroughfare in front of B.C. Place Stadium, connected to Georgia Street up a gentle slope and linked to as many local streets as possible. Traffic will flow as easily as it does now — even the city’s traffic engineers have confirmed that through hard analysis.