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Exploring the production of urban spaceDifferential space in three post-industrial cities$
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Michael Edema Leary-Owhin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447305743

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305743.001.0001

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Vancouver: (Re)presenting urban space

Vancouver: (Re)presenting urban space

(p.41) Two Vancouver: (Re)presenting urban space
Exploring the production of urban space

Michael Edema Leary-Owhin

Policy Press

Chapter two provides a brief historical context for Gastown, explaining how the threat of demolition galvanised historic preservation society interests into initiating the Gastown heritage revalorisation project, through the accretion of a spatial coalition of diverse interests. The chapter documents empirically how understandings and representations of Gastown shifted in the late 1960s and early 1970s from those infused with a modernist planning ideology of demolition and clean sweep redevelopment to heritage inspired representations and postindustrial reimagining. A key beautification and revitalisation report produced and funded by a coalition of interests is shown to stimulate Vancouver’s nascent liveability agenda, identifying specific locations for the production of new and enhanced public space.

Keywords:   Vancouver, historic preservation, modernist planning ideology, postindustrial reimagining, beautification and revitalisation, enhanced public space

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