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The Georgia Viaduct is part of the Vancouver freeway system that local residents and activists brought to a grinding halt. When driving east over the overpass have you ever looked straight ahead and realized that, if successful, this planned freeway would have wiped out hundreds of homes along Union and Prior? John Atkin, Strathcona resident, civic historian and author, leads us on a tour of what's been lost (much of Chinatown and Hogan's Alley), what wasn't built (the freeway), and the consequences for Vancouver and all of Canada.
An important part of this story is the racism that underlay both freeway building and urban renewal in Canada. John also compares the present day Port Mann Bridge / Highway 1 freeway project to the freeway that never was.
The tour ended at the former home of the Chan family, leaders in the fight to stop the freeway, to coincide with the Strathcona Property Owners and Tenants' Association(SPOTA) Mosaic Unveiling and tribute.
Information on tours by John Atkin - www.johnatkin.com
The tour was part of the 2012 Heart of the City Festival and took place on a very rainy Saturday November 3, 2012