City council votes to demolish the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts
Vancouver city council votes in October to demolish the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts.
The viaducts were seen to need seismic upgrading and expensive maintenance and sit on unused land. They will be replaced with an at-grade road network. The decision marked a shape-shifting for the city, uniting parts of it and impacting it socially and physicially.
Council members and staff said removing the viaducts will free up land for housing, connect an expanded park, allow for environmental treatment of the False Creek shoreline, memorialize Hogan’s Alley and will reconnect eastern neighbourhoods such as Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside with the rest of downtown and False Creek.
The viaducts are a remnant of a planned freeway through downtown and Chinatown that was never built. The decision to demolish them followed two years of staff study on roadway alternatives and other issues.