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Old March 1st, 2008, 01:04 AM   #1
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Vancouver: Olympic Athlete's Eye View

Some pictures from around the future 2010 Olympic Athlete's Village, Olympic stadium, and future international broadcast centre (taken February 28th).

Starting off, heading down Cambie Street (towards the Cambie Bridge, sea wall, and Olympic Village) amongst the surrounding construction of the Canada Line rapid transit project and various other developments in the immediate area...

Some of the older buildings in this former industrial area...

Looking back as I head up onto the bridge - the city abuzz with construction...

Sea of cranes over the Athlete's Village...

The Cambie Street Bridge complete with homeless man...

Heading under the bridge...

Some more buildings nearly done construction across from the Athlete's Village with the Olympic stadium - "BC Place" - visible behind...

A newly created 'habitat island' in the foreground at the shoreline adjacent to the Athlete's Village. I'm sure the athlete's won't mind waking up to this sight every morning.

Close up of BC Place with a watertaxi in the foreground. The stadium was built back in the '80s in anticipation of the 1986 World's Fair - "Expo '86" - among other things...

Some new giant reclined chairs along the Athlete's Village waterfront...

The geodesic dome of Science World (now the Telus World of Science), another legacy of Expo '86...

New pedestrian bridge over a small inlet at the Village...

The Salt Building - an historic remnant from the area's industrial days - will be restored and integrated into the Village for use by the public...

The backbone of the Metro's public transit system - SkyTrain - and also another legacy of Expo '86...

Now heading towards the Olympic stadium on the other side of False Creek from the Athlete's Vllage...

Athlete's Village from the other side of the water...

Stacked rocks are a common find along the shores of Vancouver...

Demolition of one of the former Expo '86 sites - the Plaza of Nations...

Around the concourse at BC Place...

Plaza out front of the Vancouver Public Library...

The Library itself...

The city's new tallest u/c as we make our way toward what will be the International Broadcast Centre during the 2010 Olympics...

One of Vancouver's older buildings in the CBD...

Lots of language schools in this area...

Outside Waterfront Station...

The region's commuter train...

Springtime showing itself at Canada Place (a further legacy of Expo '86)...

The city's historic downtown, turned poorest neighbourhood in the country - "The Downtown Eastside" - wave of construction the beginning of some major gentrification in the area...

Looking back towards the city from the end of the Canada Place promenade...

And finally, the u/c expansion of the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre / the International Broadcast Centre...
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Old March 1st, 2008, 02:52 AM   #2
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Great pictures!!
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As many times as I've been to Vancouver and grown up there I never get tired of pictures of her.
Great shots of the city.
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i'm confused as to what the new sea wall is... is it just a promenade around the inlet?

and great photos!
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A lovely set of pictures there. It looks like a very busy city, and so many cranes too. Does it rain a lot?
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^The winter is the rainy season and it can rain quite a bit at times. I think last year we set a record in January for 30 straight days of rain or something like that (not non-stop for 30 days straight though but it rained at least once per day for 30 days). Even still the rain is never very hard. Not like the rain I've experienced in Europe such as in the south of Italy, Berlin, Amsterdam and London which can feel like you're taking a shower and soaks you within minutes. Often you can walk out in the rain without an umbrella and still get to where you want to go without being soaked. This year however has been pretty pleasant with a good dash of sunny days.

The summer on the other hand is quite different. Every summer the city experiences drought conditions due to the shortage of rain. In many ways, the city has just two seasons - the wet and the dry. We can get snow in the winter but as a general rule it doesn't stick around for more than a day or two.

February is when we'll be hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics, yet during the Olympics days this year we had sunshine for at least 80% of the time and average temperatures between 10-15 degrees Celsius. Pretty pleasant all around.

In summer, the temperatures average in the low- to mid-20s with a few heat waves occurring in the low 30s. In the interior of the province, temperatures average in the 30s with heat waves hitting 40 degrees regularly.

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