The City of Vancouver redeveloped underused industrial lands in False Creek South in the 1970s to create a highly liveable community close to downtown and attract families back to Vancouver’s inner city.
False Creek South (FCS) was created between the mid-1970s and 1989 as an affordable, mixed income community on reclaimed industrial land. The neighbourhood includes areas north of 6th Avenue, between the Cambie and Burrard Bridges, and south of False Creek. About 5,500 people currently call False Creek South home.
The community vaulted Vancouver into global prominence as a pioneer of urban reclamation for liveable community building in the 1970s. Today, the area continues to be an inclusive community for all ages and incomes, with a mix of co-op housing, strata condominiums, and non-profit rental housing—called “enclaves” in the community plan of the day. Units were built to accommodate all kinds of households, from singles to families to seniors. The City of Vancouver owns 80% of FCS land; residents moved here with 60-year leases from the City.
The City of Vancouver established a residents’ association for its new community—the False Creek South Neighbourhood Association (FCSNA)—in the 1970s to be its conduit to local residents.