Century Gardens Park Redevelopment Sparks Urban Values Debate

On the corner of Eighth Avenue and Eighth Street S.W. is a strange and striking juxtaposition of concrete and nature. Angular structures coexist with the surrounding foliage, and when the weather is warm, water cascades over and around them, and the concrete seems to embody the very forces of nature. Pedestrians can often be seen walking through the park to and from the adjacent 8th Street C-Train platform, and in late spring and summer — or on a Chinook-warmed winter’s day — the park is filled with lunch-eating office-tower refugees, chess players and even parkour enthusiasts.

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