Our park : an historical geography of Stanley Park from its closest neighbours Mulat, Alyssa
Stanley Park, Vancouver’s 1001-acre crowning glory, has been in continual dialectical relationship with the citizens that populate the city located right outside its boundaries. Through oral history interviews and story submissions from former residents of Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood, I explore how what was a familial, close-knit neighbourhood during the 1940s and 1950s came under drastic changes in the latter half of the century. Rapid development of apartment buildings led to an increase in park users. I argue that with an increased population accessing the park, planning decisions for Stanley Park need to mediate between widely varied ideas about how to properly manage nature.
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