If you want to get an idea of how much Vancouver has changed in the last quarter-century, drive north across the Granville Bridge. Look to your right, and you’ll see a forest of highrises — none of which were there 25 years ago.
The biggest single catalyst for the dramatic change in the city was Expo 86, a small transportation exhibition that morphed into a billion-dollar world’s fair attended by 22 million people.
Vancouver had been one of the world’s great secrets. But Expo 86 let the secret out.
The old Vancouver punk music promoter, Bud Luxford, has a saying: “We invited the world, and they didn’t go home.”
Which brings a big laugh from former B.C. Premier Mike Harcourt, who was mayor of Vancouver during the fair.
So much going on in the world these past 2 weeks we missed the 25th anniversary of Expo’86 which opened in May 1986. Vancouver invited the world!