Former B.C. premier and Vancouver mayor Mike Harcourt wants to build a subway to UBC.
This Thursday Harcourt will join current mayor Gregor Robertson at the SFU Vancouver Campus for a public lecture tagged Then and Now. Two Mayors Reflect on Vancouver past, present and future.
In advance of this promising free session The Vancouver Sun sat down with Harcourt to get his vision for Vancouver.
In summary, Harcourt feels transit authorities are thinking too small with their current Millennium Line Broadway extension project which is slated to end at Arbutus Street in Kitsilano.
“It’s crazy to end it there,” Harcourt said. “You should take it to Jericho and out to UBC.”
Even under current zoning, the Broadway corridor from Main to Burrard could be built up to accommodate 100,000 new workers and 50,000 residents, Harcourt said. As well, the 36-hectare Jericho lands are poised for development after the federal government struck a deal turning the bulk of the land over to three First Nations. And UBC is always growing.
Harcourt will be talking with Robertson on Thursday about his ideas on other subjects ranging from high-tech industry to post-secondary education, housing and child care.
But his take on transportation should make more headlines.
Last modified: March 14, 2017