Opinion: Mount Pleasant needs more density for booming tech sector

December 15, 2016 10:12 pm

the vancouver sun

Growing up, my grandmother would tell us stories about southeast False Creek — about the dirty water and polluted air. Back then, the area was a heavy industrial hub on the outskirts of the city core. But in my lifetime the neighbourhood has changed dramatically, evolving from heavy to light industry to an industrial hub of a very different kind, a destination for high-tech companies and creative, sustainable industries.

This transformation has ramped up in the last three years and the area is now finding its identity as a hipster home to innovation in manufacturing, media, design and tech. Along with this transformation has come a new demand and pressure for office and manufacturing space. To accommodate that, both the City of Vancouver and developers need to work together to provide some suitable options and solutions. We need to think bigger than accommodating just the short-term demand from the tech sector.

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