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BC Place Casino Site

The casino/ "entertainment complex" would fill the whole area to the left of the stadium there, wrap around that end of the stadium, and extend beyond & behind the hi rise in the foreground. (See aerial plan here: www.flickr.com/photos/ouno/5459933497/) The lot of land in question is actually far larger than it looks in this photo.

 

This is prime Vancouver real estate and merits far better urban planning than we are seeing here. The BC gov't may own the land, but they can't just put up any old thing. Victoria doesn't get to do Vancouver's planning. I own land and you wouldn't believe the restrictions on what I can do. Go back to the drawing board, Victoria.

 

This view, taken just W. of Olympic Village, shows how key a chunk of land this is, how visible and accessible, how close to what should be a walkable waterfront, and how dumb it would be to put a giant podium of a casino there containing 2 NFL football fields' worth of slot machines. The activity in the foreground of this photo is consistent with Vancouver's identity. A massive casino isn't. Can you believe they are removing the Terry Fox memorial from this area, to make way for a casino? Yes, that's right.

 

From a pure design point of view, a cluster of hotel towers shouldn't crowd/obscure the edge of that stadium - that space calls out for an entirely different shape of development. And it cries out for multiple levels, uses, and public amenities. Mixing gambling with sports is such an obviously ill-conceived idea it doesn't even merit discussion. And in terms of community livability and use, a casino - an "introverted" fortress - is the worst possible use.

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Taken on March 7, 2010