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D & Y
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Wall Centre False Creek, Vancouver. 120 homes is 2 high-rises.

West 1 1708 Columbia St. is 15 levels and West 2 168 W.1st Ave is 14 levels








 

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Personally, when all the buildings are completed at the Olympic Village area, the quality of living there would be terrible. People would be looking out of their windows onto walls or someone else's living room. Buildings are and will be built too close together with very claustophobic living conditions. I blame this on City of Vancouver's oversight to limit the building heights. They should have allowed the condos to go really high, like 40 to 60 stories, but spaced farther apart, with base podiums that contain retail, markets pharmacies and public plazas. The top of the podiums (about 3 to 4 stories high) could be roof top gardens with terrace eateries or rooftop swimming pools for residents, etc. This type of development would make the Olympic village area more iconic than the current bunch of similar-looking rectangular blocks forming walls along the streets in the future. sad.....
 

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D & Y
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I blame this on City of Vancouver's oversight to limit the building heights. They should have allowed the condos to go really high, like 40 to 60 stories, but spaced farther apart, with base podiums that contain retail, markets pharmacies and public plazas. The top of the podiums (about 3 to 4 stories high) could be roof top gardens with terrace eateries or rooftop swimming pools for residents, etc. This type of development would make the Olympic village area more iconic than the current bunch of similar-looking rectangular blocks forming walls along the streets in the future. sad.....
+1,0000 ;)

want to see taller highrises than those in Vancouver? Come to metrotown next year and you wouldn't be disappointed!
 

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Vince
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^^ Yeah agree that Metrotown would look good in the long run (similar to what Missisauga is experiencing now). However, the Burnaby urban centres still lack culture and soul. No history (as in Yaletown, Gastown or New West), great civic centres, museums, etc to make a city great. It would always end up being secondary to Vancouver.

As for Vancouver: just wasting some great potential right now. Sigh!
I seriously think the local city council needs to take an educational trip abroad to forward-thinking cities like Singapore and Melbourne to have an urban-development educational experience.
 
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