Vancouver Downtown

Population of approximately 54,690 (99,233 including the West End, 2011)


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Vancouver's Downtown (also called Central Business District) is one of 23 neighbourhoods in Vancouver. The downtown stretches from Main Street to Burrard Street, from False Creek to Burrard Inlet and it includes a triangle of land north of Georgia Street that terminates at Stanley Park. These boundaries are defined by the city for planning and administrative purposes.

The face of Vancouver's Downtown is in transition. It is a place of activity and change initiated by thousands of people. No other area in the city is experiencing the same scale and pace of change.

In the late 1980s, the Downtown was clearly in transition from a precinct dedicated mostly to commerce, to a cluster of neighbourhoods ringing a thriving office and shopping district. Council adoption of the Central Area Plan in late 1991 confirmed this direction by establishing overall goals and land use policy for the Downtown. Recent major public facilities include: the new Library on Georgia Street between Homer and Hamilton Streets; GM Place, the hockey arena between the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts; and the new 1,824 seat Ford Theatre located at 777 Homer (now closed). These changes and additions are reflective of the public and private investments which are propelling Downtown's transition into the next century.

During this transition, the last ten years has seen the emergence of New Residential Neighbourhoods such as: (click on the link to get a snapshot of the community):

People of Downtown
The population of Downtown has increased much higher than the city-wide increase of 8.4% for the same period. Changes in the community mix have resulted from this population growth.

Parks
Most of the existing parks Downtown are small and intended for passive use. Residents share them with office workers. The open space needs of 120,000 or so workers are mainly met through numerous plazas: Discouvery Square, Robson Square, Victory Square, Cathedral Square and Portal Park. The Dr.Sun Yat-Sen Garden, built next to the Chinese Cultural Centre in Chinatown, provides a unique refuge in the midst of Downtown. Next door, a smaller and more elaborate Classical Chinese Garden is privately operated. The private Garden has an admission charge. There are two parks located on Burrard Inlet. Devonian Harbour Park connects Stanley Park to the Westin Bayshore site. Portside(CRAB) Park stands somewhat isolated at the foot of Main Street, serving Gastown and Downtown Eastside residents.

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