This time, False Creek Flats is truly transforming (New St. Paul's)

Vancouver's False Creek Flats has been poised for years to become the city's hot new tech zone or its third downtown or … well, something.

But, until recently, changes have been ad hoc and scattered randomly throughout this 450-acre tract of land just east of Vancouver's main downtown that is home to rail lines, warehouses with rusting metal roofs, industrial operations of various descriptions, car-repair shops, a big-box hardware chain, and a lot of campers parked on the streets where the city's not-quite-homeless have been taking up residence.

Planners project that employment in the area will rise to 30,000 workers from 8,000 now within 30 years, including the huge number of health employees who will arrive if and when St. Paul's Hospital opens in 2022, as planned.

Frances Bula reports

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