As part of the Re-Imagine Downtown Vancouver initiative, we interviewed a cross-section of people who share a passion for our city’s downtown to feature in our inspiration video.
Reviewing the interview transcripts, we realized that we had recorded a lot of great ideas and stories that didn’t make it into the final cut of the video. To ensure that these ideas and stories didn’t get lost, we will be sharing them with you in a series of posts.
Here is our interview with Charles Gauthier, President & CEO of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA):
What excites you about the future of downtown Vancouver?
The world’s love affair with downtown Vancouver is very powerful. People want to be here. Just look at this place. I can imagine that the love affair with the downtown Vancouver will continue well into the future.
What does downtown Vancouver mean to you?
It’s that old real estate adage: location, location, location. It’s a place where people come to unique, one-of-a-kind experiences that create lasting memories.
It’s also a place for people to come to meet, regardless of how much technology that we have. We are still social animals and people still have a yearning to meet face-to-face.
How do you think the Downtown Vancouver experience should look, taste and feel in the future?
Picture this: it’s a mash up of everything we love about downtown Vancouver, combined with all the things we love about the other cities that we really enjoy visiting like New York, San Francisco, Paris and London.