My story in this week’s Globe isn’t really focused on the point in my headline, but it is the change of most interest to those watching the plans for the airport mall. (Locals already know about the airport-mall plans from stories by me and others around Vancouver. This version was recast to explain it all to non-Vancouver audiences.)
I did also talk an official with MacArthur Glen in London to find out more about why the company chose Vancouver for its first-ever airport mall. His answer might provide some small comfort to those worried about the city turning into a resort community, because, as it turns out, being a resort community has its small upside. One of the company founders has a second or third or tenth home here and he noticed the ad from the Vancouver Airport Authority asking for development pitches for the land.
If only all our other visitors could bring us some business now.