City Considers New Public Square
A new pedestrian plaza may be in the works for Vancouver. The City recently announced that the 800 block of Robson (between Hornby and Howe) will remained closed to vehicles until the end of the year while the City explores the viability of a permanent closure. The area is currently home to Viva Vancouver‘s Pop Rocks—an installation of giant bean bag chairs made out of recycled fabric from the old Canada Place roof.
Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a press release:
“For the past two summers, and during the Olympics, this block of Robson has proven to be a hub of activity. It’s been a very popular destination for people to enjoy music, impromptu performances, creative types of outdoor seating, and a place to relax and enjoy our downtown.”
“We have an opportunity to create an important new public plaza in the centre of the Downtown and have a timely opportunity to consider this option.”
Council is expected to review a report on the closure in November.
[Top Image: The Pop Rocks installation in downtown Vancouver by Carol Browne]