The Look of Vancouver's Famous Alleys Will Soon Change
Dowtown Vancouver Alleyway
The Vancouver Sun reports that BC Hydro will soon take down the "banged-up" H-frames in alleys and install services underground.
Over the next five years, BC Hydro will remove 350 of the frames and buried services in underground in easy-access vaults.
"What this is about is improving reliability and putting in facilities that will meet modern day's codes and standards," said Marcel Reghelini, the program manager for BC Hydro's Downtown Vancouver Electrical Reliability Program.
Well Known Alleyways
There is some good news for the film industry. A precious few of the H-frames will be left standing in Chinatown and Gastown to preserve ambience for back alley movie shoots, complete with dummy overhead wires.
"The film industry likes the rustic look of some of these alleys to film in," said Reghelini.
Since the 1940s, Vancouver's ubiquitous H-frame power poles have been a fixture in downtown alleyways. Soon the poles with their elevated transformers and power lines will be a thing of the past.