“Urban Reef” Coming to Robson Street in Vancouver

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Are you ready to “swim” your way through Vancouver’s Robson Street?

The 800-block of Robson will be closed to traffic and transformed into an “urban reef” this summer. Designed to encourage people to stop, meet and mingle, the unique installation consists of a series of flowing benches crafted to look much like a landlocked coral reef.

The design beat out 78 other entries from all over the world as part of the Robson Redux contest.  Entrants were tasked with transforming the busy section of Robson Street, situated directly behind the Vancouver Art Gallery, into a pedestrian-friendly space for people to sit and relax during the summer months.

The winning design came, appropriately enough, from a group of Vancouver architects and carpenters.   Continue reading:
“Urban Reef” Coming to Robson Street in Vancouver

Holiday Shopping in Vancouver: Robson

Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

The holidays are upon us and while deals across the border might seem tempting, merchants around the city are stepping up their game to offer discounts, packages, and unique retail experiences for shoppers. To promote local spending, I’ve talked to several local business improvement associations about what makes their neighbourhood shine for shoppers. This week’s feature for last-minute shopping is Robson Street. Continue reading:
Holiday Shopping in Vancouver: Robson

Fall Fashion 101: Meet the New Stores on Robson Street

J.Crew is now open at 1088 Robson Street. Photo credit: J.Crew

September means fall fashion. Vogue debuts its door stop fall fashion guide. Vancouver celebrates its first Fashion’s Night Out, Sept. 6, when retailers offer deep discounts for one glamourous night. Main St. hosts the autumn local designer show case Spend on Trend, Sept. 14-16. But more on those events later.

In this post, I’ll cover the latest store openings in Vancouver’s main shopping corridor: Robson Street. If you’re shopping in Vancouver, Robson Street is the favourite retail and strolling thoroughfare. It’s the second-most-expensive retail street in Canada after Toronto’s Bloor Street. Although some speculated that Vancouver’s retail corridor would shift, Robson Street has rallied with some exciting updates.

Even if you don’t need a first day of school outfit, there’s an irresistible urge to banish cut-offs and browse the richly-hued, new season window displays.

Here’s where to look. Continue reading:
Fall Fashion 101: Meet the New Stores on Robson Street

Vancouver Introduces New Type of Intersection: The Scramble

Since the dawn of time, mankind has crossed intersections in an orderly fashion.  When the light turns red and traffic in one direction stops, you cross.  Meanwhile, traffic flowing in the other direction whizzes on by.

But is that the best way to do it?

Vancouver doesn’t think so.  The city is planning to test a radical new type of intersection called a scramble – and it’s just as exciting as it sounds.  Car traffic will be stopped in all directions at once.  Pedestrians can then cross any way they choose, even – get ready for it – diagonally.

The new scramble intersection will be rolled out sometime soon along Robson Street, the Vancouver Sun reports.  While it may potentially slow traffic, the big advantage is that it can dramatically reduce car-pedestrian collisions.  Because autos and people cross the street at different times, there’s less of a chance of someone being struck by a vehicle making a turn into a crosswalk.

But will it work?  Continue reading:
Vancouver Introduces New Type of Intersection: The Scramble

Vancouver in a Day: Shopping

Looking for some adventure? You’ve come to the right city. No matter what time of year, when you start your day in Vancouver, it can take you anywhere.

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Vancouver in a Day: Shopping