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Vancouver Planners Hope to Leverage New Subway for Public Benefit

Vancouver is scheduled to begin construction on a new subway in 2020, and planners are laying out a vision for the neighborhoods surrounding the new line, including turning Broadway into a "Great Street."
October 11, 2019, 1pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Carlito Pablo reports on a plan in Vancouver to remake Broadway into a "Great Street."

A report to council written by city planner Kevin McNaney lays out the Great Streets vision, "as one of the guiding principles that will steer the preparation of a plan integrating city objectives with the arrival of the Broadway subway."

"Street design, new development, public spaces, and businesses should contribute to a delightful experience for everyone and lively gathering places, and help create distinct character areas along Broadway that also serve the local neighbourhoods," writes McNaney in the report, as quoted in the article.

"The future Broadway Plan covers the area between Clark Drive to the east, Vine Street to the west, 1st Avenue to the north, and 16th Avenue to the south," according to Pablo.

Broadway Subway project map. (Source: City of Vancouver via Google Maps)

As reported by Pablo, the Broadway Plan also leverages the coming subway project (scheduled to start construction in 2020) for other opportunities, like public spaces and transit-oriented residential development.

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Published on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 in Georgia Straight
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