The False Creek Residents Association is an umbrella organization of all of the resident associations bordering False Creek, including my own neighbourhood of Tinseltown, Crosstown, Yaletown, City Gate, Chinatown and South False Creek.
Last Wednesday, October 1, they held a town hall meeting with candidates for City Council, School Board and Parks Board at Science World. More than 150 area residents showed up for the meeting – they were highly educated on the issues and highly motivated. A lively question and answer session ensued.
Area residents are concerned that the Olympic construction schedule of the Athletes Village has delayed their long-promised Creekside Park by years, and the result is a lack of green-space for the high-density neighbourhoods surrounding the Creekside Park site.
They are also concerned about extensive new residential developments proposed for properties adjoining BC Place, without an overall community plan or the commercial zoning component necessary to provide all of the missing services and amenities to that area, including a lack of affordable grocery stores and medical services.
Residents of Tinseltown and surrounding buildings are also unhappy that they have been saddled with liability and maintenance costs for Keefer Steps – the major public pedestrian artery connecting Tinseltown with downtown Vancouver and an essential public access to the Stadium SkyTrain Station.
Residents provided a detailed seminar in the history and politics of these and other issues facing our False Creek neighbourhoods, and asked detailed, well-informed questions of all candidates. A lively discussion ensued resulting in a thorough airing of these and other concerns.
The meeting was extremely informative, and I would like to work in a collaborative way with FCRA members to help address these issues.