Vancouver city staff has spent years developing a plan to tear down the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts. Now the public is finally having their say.
At a public meeting Wednesday afternoon at City Hall, Phoenix Winter with the Carnegie Community Action Project says promises of “affordable housing” on freed up land are too vague.
“It comes down to a definition of affordable housing. When you are on welfare, and you get $610 a month and you have a $375 shelter allowance, and then the city, their definition of affordable is a studio unit will be about $1443 a month.”
But Michael Alexander, the director of SFU City Conversations, says the time is now.
“This is the right moment to do it because the surrounding land is still vacant. Getting the viaducts down now will be far easier and less disruptive.”
City staff say removing the viaducts means space for up to 4,000 new residents, a new road network, and waterfront park.
Council could come to a final decision next week.