YALETOWN is an area of
* 1 History * 2 Planning and architecture * 3 Transportation * 4 Education * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links
Yaletown, as seen from David Lam Park
As with much of Vancouver, the
Canadian Pacific Railway
As the years progressed, the proximity of
False Creek and the railway
After the real-estate boom and bust cycles of the 20th century, the
area became shoddy and contaminated, and was bought up by the city.
After the 1986 World's Fair (Expo 86), held on neighbouring
former-industrial land, the whole area became ripe for development.
The site was sold to a
PLANNING AND ARCHITECTURE
Pacific Boulevard, one of the major roads in Yaletown.
From the start, the city planners imposed strict guidelines on the development, in particular requiring a substantial amount of development of the public realm, and sensitive preservation of existing heritage stock. In part, the city's adaption of new zoning plans in the Central Area Plan (1991) also aided in the process of rejuveation by establishing objectives of improving livability and provision for office space within Yaletown, as well as preserving its heritage structures. Thus there are generous areas set aside for parks, waterfront access, community centres, and schools. Along the shore of False Creek, the Stanley Park Seawall linear park has been continued through the area, forming its southern boundary.
While little or no original housing from the 19th century survives,
several older buildings from the industrial days still exist. Hamilton
Street and Mainland Street are the most significant, comprising two
intact streetscapes from that era. They are lined with handsome brick
warehouses built on rail platforms, many with cantilevered canopies.
These have been converted into loft style apartments and offices ,
with boutique stores, bars and restaurants at the ground level. During
the latter years of the dot com boom , these streets housed
Vancouver's "multimedia gulch" similar to the SOMA area of San
Francisco . The view from Yaletown, overlooking False Creek
Nearby, at the junction of Davie Street and Pacific Boulevard, an old
brick Canadian Pacific roundhouse has been converted into the
Spilling around the central core of Hamilton and Mainland Streets,
most other architecture in
False Creek Ferries provide passenger service from