Return of City Hall to downtown core largely fulfills pioneers vision

first_imgWith Vancouver’s City Hall back downtown, it’s all as Esther Short planned.The famous namesake of the state’s oldest city park actually intended for the area to be a town plaza, with a post office, city hall and other important buildings centered around the green space, said Pat Jollota, local historian and former city council member.“When she died, she left that piece of property there to be a town plaza,” Jollota said. “Not a park, but a plaza.” It’s been a shade less than 50 years since City Hall was in the downtown core, and with the rest of the revitalization around the park, Jollota said the area’s now more like a plaza than it’s ever been.“I call this her vision, because of the word ‘plaza’ that she used,” she said. “In 1860, it had a very definite meaning. I think she would have liked the post office there, too, but, oh well, it didn’t happen.”Neighborhood leaders also are heralding the move to a six-story, LEED gold-certified building at 415 W. Sixth St. as a way to bring even more feet to downtown streets.“It’s kind of a full circle type thing, (Esther Short Park) started as the center of everything, and now, it’s coming back to be the center of everything again,” Esther Short Neighborhood Association President Paula Person said.last_img

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