Backlash Over New Towers in Vancouver

The City of Vancouver is moving forward with plans to re-zone downtown's Eastside neighborhood for extended height limits, but there are a growing number of voices speaking out against it, including planners.

Reporter Jeff Lee reports:

"Leading the list is a group including former mayor and premier Michael Harcourt and two of the city's best-known planners, Larry Beasley and Ray Spaxman, who question why the city appears determined to densify the area around the poorest neighbourhood in Canada in the absence of a local area plan.

On Wednesday, 29 university professors also signed a letter to Mayor Gregor Robertson and the Vision Vancouver-led council saying the plan to raise the allowable heights of buildings in the city's historic area, including Chinatown, will imperil the stock of affordable and low-income housing in the area."

Thanks to Steven Godfrey

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