Lower Lonsdale in North Vancouver presents a big-city feel, looking across at downtown Vancouver across the Burrard Inlet. It deserves high marks as an urban village and is worth a visit from other parts of the region.
The development pressures are clearly enormous, given the land values at stake. The City of North Vancouver, working from a 2002 official plan, has managed so far to preserve housing choice and community services. We met an affluent-looking resident who has lived on a boat for seven years and has nothing but praise for the public transit and retail convenience in the area.
Other residents expressed concern about an ongoing loss of character and history through rapid redevelopment. My co-tourist Robert Smarz and I noted three major commercial sites slated for redevelopment, including an entire block of mom & pop retail between First and…
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