Comment 113364

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted August 08, 2015 at 08:11:22 in reply to Comment 113347

What you're describing is NOT the mid 1970s False Creek South development (which is medium density with no tall buildings and plenty of green space as shown in the photos), but the late 1980s to 1990s high density False Creek developments.

Watch the video to see which community we're talking about and why it is so different from the places you're describing.

The 1980s and 1990s condos were indeed criticized for poor construction (e.g. the 'leaky condos scandals') and are much higher density with less green space. This is the type of development shown across the water in the fourth image.

The whole point of the article is that the specific False Creek South development was unique in its design and has aged well. No other area of False Creek was developed in the same way. They are also still extremely popular with residents, which says a lot for an innovative 40 year old development.

In fact, when Expo 86 was being planned the post-Expo development of the north shore of False Creek was shown as being very similar to the False Creek South development ... needless to say once the land was sold to Lee Ka-Shing it turned out more like Hong Kong (but nevertheless with a seawall walk access to the entire waterfront).

However, just leaving Hamilton's waterfront as disused industrial land, or as a greenspace, or low density housing should not be an acceptable use. Hamilton is a City, there is lots of greenspace at Bayfront and Pier 4 and this is a chance to do a successful urban development.

But it means that the City needs to set high standards and not just sell off the land cheaply to the first developers who show up: they know this land is currently hugely undervalued!

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2015-08-08 08:18:38

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