“Urban Reef” Coming to Robson Street in Vancouver

City of Vancouver

City of Vancouver

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

A Pedestrian Mall on Granville Bridge? You make the call!

Ever notice how wide the Granville Bridge is?  No fewer than eight lanes – four in each direction – span False Creek.  That size might make sense if the bridge were linking up with a major highway, but otherwise it kind of seems like overkill.

So why not turn two of those lanes into a tree-lined pedestrian mall – a foot-friendly, cycle-friendly pathway right down the middle of the bridge?  That’s one question that city planners are asking as part of Vancouver’s Transportation 2040 report.  In total 187 proposals are on the table – everything from widening sidewalks to scramble intersections – in a bid to convert two-thirds of all trips in the city to cycling, walking and public transit by the year 2040.

Right now the proposal isn’t going to council.  For the moment, it’s just a concept.  But I’d like to hear from you:

What do you think?  Should two lanes of Granville Bridge be set aside for a pedestrian mall?  Would it make Vancouver a more walkable city? 

The Vancouver Sun published an artist’s sketch last week of the theoretical mall over the Granville Bridge.  Continue reading:
A Pedestrian Mall on Granville Bridge? You make the call!