Finance Minister Colin Hansen called for the City of Vancouver and the province to “build on the Olympic momentum” during his budget speech in early March.
Whether the provincial budget will help to maintain successful Olympic-related
projects (like better public transit, for example) remains to be seen – it has only been a few weeks since the budget was announced. But, the Olympics provided Vancouverites with a glimpse of Vancouver’s potential as a major global city and as Hansen stated, the city and the province should continue to develop Vancouver as was demonstrated during the Games.
In a recent Tyee article, Vancouver journalist Frances Bula shared her thoughts on what Vancouver could learn from the Olympics. From her experience at the Games, she called for a permanent aboriginal museum in the downtown area (after the success of the Four Nations centre at Queen Elizabeth plaza), more street food and sidewalk cafes (hot dogs are not enough to satisfy a metropolis’s street food appetite) and a greater push on public transit use in the Vancouver area.
To add to Bula’s suggestions, there are a number of things I would like to see come out of our experience with the Games. A number of progressive programs and projects pursued by city should continue to be carried out.