When you enter Richmond’s flat terrain, you will find a unique balance between cultural embrace and modernization, preserved history alongside innovative developments, and miles of agriculture that is met with equally vast urbanization.
Richmond’s main industries began during its earliest stages when First Nations people first settled and established fishing and berry collecting posts. Richmond B.C. was named after and politically shaped in reference to Richmond, Ontario, the birthplace of Founding Father John Sexsmith. Though Richmond was incorporated in November of 1879, it was not designated as a city until Dec. 3, 1990.
Much like the rest of the lower mainland, Richmond is a largely multicultural city in a primal location right outside of Vancouver and just passed the U.S. border. Since helping host the 2010 Winter Olympics in the Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond has been growing quickly into a simultaneously urban and agricultural environment with both beautiful cityscapes and flourishing farm lands.
With multicultural integration, conflict often tags along. Recently complaints toward all Chinese signs have encouraged the city to adopt a policy that English must be present on all signs along with the other language. Conflict also tends to form between industrial and rural lifestyles. The construction of a bridge to replace the Massey Tunnel, for example, has caused a great deal of friction. Some believe connecting Richmond and Delta in this new way will ease traffic while others like long-term city counsellor and Agroecologist Harold Steves, disagree.
“The Port asked for a bridge so they can industrialize the Fraser; that includes developing 2,600 acres of farmland for industry,” Steves said in a twitter exchange.
Steves added, “If a ten lane bridge is built it is almost guaranteed that there will be a new bridge through farmland to Boundary Road as Oak St and Knight St can’t take the extra traffic.”
The City has held several meetings with locals and with the Delta mayor in an effort to reach a decision.
Along with the real every day drama, many sites in Richmond host fictional drama as well. Steveston Fishing Village is one of Richmond’s many destinations known for filming movies and television shows like Once Upon a Time, and, along with London Heritage Farm, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and the Britannia Shipyard National Historic Site, preserves Richmond’s rich history. New developments like the Canada Line and expanding landmarks like the Vancouver International Airport (YVR), however, represent Richmond’s ongoing evolution into a more sustainable and technologically advanced city.
With such diversity it is no wonder that Richmond’s appeal has attracted Canada’s highest immigrant population at a rising 60 per cent of its overall 218, 000 people. Richmond’s uniquely multicultural population not only has access to convenient transportation via transit, but residents can also walk or bike on more than 80 kilometres of trails to and from its many shopping centres, temples and churches, nature parks, and museums.
Although residents are provided with many services and are supported by many organizations like Richmond Cares Richmond Gives (RCRG), in 2016 Richmond’s housing costs rose by 26.6 per cent every month according to canadianrealestate.ca. This incline has made Richmond one of Canada’s most expensive cities to live in.
Luckily, there are thousands of new job opportunities every year as shown
Whether you are looking to live in a busy city or for a quiet farm life, a culturally influenced or new and advanced environment, or choosing between a family friendly or career focused lifestyle, Richmond B.C. has something for everyone.