Heritage Vancouver releases 2008 Top Ten Endangered Sites list

Heritage Vancouver has put the Burrard Bridge at the top of its annual list of endangered heritage sites.

Every year, Heritage Vancouver uses National Heritage Week (February 18-24) to draw people’s attention to buildings, structures, and areas of Vancouver that it claims are "threatened heritage resources".
Heritage Vancouver’s top 10 endangered sites are:

1. Burrard Bridge
2. Vancouver schools: General Gordon Elementary
3. Robson Square Complex
4. Historic areas: Gastown, Hastings, Chinatown
5. Dal Grauer Substation
6. York (Alcazar) Theatre
7. Zero block West Hastings Street
8. Firehall No.15
9. Lower Mount Pleasant
10. Heatley Block

The list’s criteria refers to "sites in danger of demolition or serious alteration, or in some case horrible neglect", according to a media release. This year, Heritage Vancouver singled out explosive real-estate development and the City of Vancouver’s EcoDensity initiatives as changes especially dangerous to the city’s heritage sites.

For a description of each heritage site and an explanation of why they are threatened, see Heritage Vancouver’s media release.

For previous lists, see Heritage Vancouver’s Top Ten Endangered Sites Web page.