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SkyTrain guideways are a common sight in Vancouver, particularly along the Lougheed Highway – and now up North Road as the Evergreen Line construction proceeds:

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Since we’ve lived with them for about 30 years, it would be an exaggeration to say these concrete behemoths have been universally detrimental.  Indeed, I recall one study done after Expo Line construction which documented essentially no change in property values to those homes overshadowed by the elevated guideway – something that would not likely be true if it were a freeway overpass.

Is it just the absence of excessive noise and pollution of a SkyTrain line, or is it that we get used to something once it’s developed – regardless of scale –  and becomes a familiar presence in the neighbourhood?