The Georgia Viaduct has provided Vancouverites with an elevated vantage point of the skyline since its inception in 1972. Since hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics, the pace of change in the area has been magnified, and the highway has served a role beyond its intended use, becoming an observatory for the evolution of Vancouver's cityscape. But these views are fleeting — the Georgia Viaduct will soon be removed and replaced by a new road configuration and mixed-use neighbourhood that will forever alter the False Creek waterfront.
The above photo from May 2010 presents a familiar yet bygone view of Northeast False Creek. Following the 2010 Olympics, BC Place underwent extensive renovations that included the construction of a new retractable roof. The 2017 photo below shows the completed stadium, partially blocked by the recently completed Aquilini Centre South. Parq Vancouver can be seen just to the left of the stadium's ring.
On the other side of the roadway, the old branding for General Motors Place is visible. Rogers Communications announced they had purchased the naming rights for the home of the Vancouver Canucks in July 2010, and their logo was erected soon afterwards. Aquilini Centre West now stands behind Rogers Arena, its curved face overlooking the complex.
The Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts will be succeeded by a new road layout and substantial mixed-use developments, park space, and public amenities.
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