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Metro Vancouver immigration gets animated

The patterns of immigrant settlement that have shaped Metro Vancouver have been brought to life.

Designer and UBC landscape architecture professor Erik Villagomez has developed a map based on census data charting the settlement of immigrant populations in Vancouver and surrounding cities from 1981 to 2006.

Originally a set of individual images, the animated version illustrates how immigrants settling in Vancouver developed transit-compatible communities along the Expo Sytrain line from the time it was built in 1986 until 2001.

Villagomez theorizes that if that model is any kind of measuring stick, it may take 15 years before the Millennium Line and the recently completed Canada Line will become one with surrounding neighbourhoods.

Click here to see the map and read about how these theories connect to Villagomez's ideas about immigrant populations and the spatial distribution of children in Metro Vancouver.

Justin Langille reports for the Tyee.

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