Vancouver’s long-awaited Woodward’s project officially opens this month, gambling on a unique blend of uses in the Downtown Eastside

(Source: Globe and Mail)

For almost two decades, it was a black hole at the eastern entrance to Vancouver’s downtown: a hulking empty building surrounded by vacant storefronts and drug dealers.

But now, the former Woodward’s department store – once the centre of gravity on a bustling commercial street – is coming back to life, as one of the most complex urban-rehabilitation projects in Canada nears completion.

Read Frances Bula’s full article “From slum to new urban mix” in the Globe and Mail (January 4, 2010).

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