Based on a recent study on urban development, Vancouver cracks a worlds Top 10 list for the number of skyscrapers. The cities downtown core has become a concrete and glass jungle, much attributed to the 2010 Olympics. According to the website www.skyscraperpage.com, Vancouver has 691 high-rise buildings, with 26 under construction and 74 more proposed, putting the city at number 9 out of 10 in the western world.
Most notable are the Sangri La Hotel, Trump International Hotel & Tower, The Private Residences at Hotel Georgia, and the Fairmount Pacific Rim Hotel.
The concern at hand is if Vancouver has gone too far in building only skyward.
“You could easily go from a current population of 600, 000 to 1.2 million without the necessity of going to high-rises. We just wanted to look at that and see if it was possible, the answer is: Absolutely. “ says Patrick Condon, UBC dir. of Urban Design Program
What is proposed is a more European approach of buildings only 4 stories high, but many of them along arterial roads. The city council itself intends to construct more mid and low rise buildings in the future to meet the market niche of affordable town houses.
This leaves some residents anticipating a New York style hyper-gentrification like that of Manhattan, with skyrocketing downtown costs of living, pushing even they upper middle class out of the downtown core to leave room for the ultra wealthy, often times, foreign investors.