What’s So Special About The Drive?

Here’s a date for your calendar:  On 18th May, Heritage Vancouver and SFU will hold the second in their Shaping Vancouver series of talks and discussions.  The details are at the SFU site.  To crib from their page:

“As a way to engage the Drive, this discussion will

  • Review the history of the street
  • explore what we can consider its heritage assets
  • ponder the intangible heritage of the area that should be considered when development is being proposed
  • and challenge the notion of prescriptive zoning as a means to preserve an heritage area.

Alongside the question of preservation comes the question of character. Should we be satisfied with saving a few important Heritage assets while the character of an area is abandoned to the forces of development? The panel will discuss how much of the character of an area we can or should surrender to development, what character can be considered important and worth preserving, and whether that character is tied to traditional heritage forms.”

The panelists will include Theo Lamb, Susanne Dahlin, and me. I believe they will be adding an architect and a local developer to the panel. I’m not sure of the format yet, but I believe the moderator, Javier Campos, will lob some questions to us first, and then throw us to the wolves of the audience.

Registration is required (see SFU page above). It should be fun!

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