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.
As it turns out, not so much.
Vancouver’s downtown core does offer many interesting views,
The city’s central library is an architectural treat,
with a soaring center space.
While Vancouver’s Chinatown is mired in decay,
murals look back to better times.
Hendrix lived nearby for a time, with his grandmother.
We did see some fine examples of heritage buildings.
But increasingly it appears that Vancouver’s history is shadowed by high rises.
A sign of the times:
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.”
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…