Vancouver Forgets to Remember

We had occasion to take a brief January journey to Vancouver.  

The opening airport scene offered hope that this was a city that honored its history.  

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As it turns out, not so much.

Vancouver’s downtown core does offer many interesting views,

starting harbor-side.

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The city’s central library is an architectural treat,

with a soaring center space.

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While Vancouver’s Chinatown is mired in decay,

murals look back to better times.

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Hendrix lived nearby for a time, with his grandmother.

 

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We did see some fine examples of heritage buildings.

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But increasingly it appears that Vancouver’s history is shadowed by high rises.

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A sign of the times:

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As a Vancouver Sun article put it:  “We’ve done a remarkable job of erasing our architectural history.  

Many of the city’s historic buildings have fallen to the wrecker’s ball over the last 125 years.”

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Public pressure has brought Vancouver a “Heritage Action Plan,” and a renewed focus on “saving historic buildings.”

Let’s hope the city heeds the call…

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One comment

  1. April Moore · March 2, 2016

    Thanks for the tour, Ira. I’ve never been to Vancouver. Interesting about Jimi Hendrix. As a kid, I lived in Seattle, near the high school he attended (Garfield). He is still remembered for, among other things, throwing a typewriter out the window.

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