February 13, 2015

City Conversation: “Preserving our Heritage” – Feb 19

The next City Conversation:

The Value and Challenges of Preserving our Heritage


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.


ThursdayFebruary 19

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Room 1600 at SFU Harbour Centre


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