Friday, January 6, 2012

Photo: The Rails of Arbutus

I'd been living here for a while before I came across the old Canadian Pacific track along the Arbutus Corridor in Vancouver. The rails were abandoned about ten years ago, and have since been the subject of court battles over development disputes - CP wanted to sell it off to be developed, while the city wanted to retain it for use as a future transportation corridor. As I understand it was one of the potential alignments considered for what became the Canada Line, but due to a lot of back and forth it's been mostly dormant - because, you know, the locals are "the creme de la creme in Vancouver." Today, toward the northern end of the line near Granville Island, the right-of-way has been mostly given over to community gardens.

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