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The Value and Challenges of Preserving our Architectural Heritage, Feb 19
Throughout Vancouver, older homes are being torn down for new, changing the character of heritage neighbourhoods and overwhelming the City’s longstanding policy to encourage preservation of these values. Later this month, the City begins inviting you to open houses to hear what the public wants, as part of an update of its Heritage Conservation Program. It will be a challenge! People look to the City to protect buildings that have charm and history, and which express continuity in their own lives. Owners of these buildings may want them gone, because the land they’re on is far more valuable than the structure, or because preservation will cost more than new construction, or because heritage doesn’t fit with their needs or values.
John Atkin, civic historian, noted author, and architectural and historical tour leader, will present the why and how of preserving our heritage. We’ve also invited a presenter to address the pressures of the real estate market, rights of property owners, existing zoning and regulations.
Then it’s your turn to ask questions, offer opinions and observations. Please feel free to bring your lunch.
When: Thursday, February 19, 2015
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Location: SFU Vancouver Campus, 515 West Hastings Street, Room 1600
For more information on this event, please visit the SFU Public Square City Conversations website.