Earlier this week, Charlie Smith, the editor of The Georgia Straight, wrote an article that takes a deeper look at some of the interim results of the Re-Imagine Downtown Vancouver survey. Here is an excerpt of what he had to say:
According to DVBIA president and CEO Charles Gauthier, two-thirds of the first 425 respondents said that they would prefer the downtown to be more of an “arts, culture, and entertainment hub” than an “engaged and active business community.”
In addition, the survey indicated a keen interest in more greenways for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as in permanent pedestrian plazas. Another desire is for activated back alleys with smaller shops and galleries. Gauthier said that newer buildings have “internalized” the servicing of garbage cans, which could free up more back-alley space in the future.
Many respondents also expressed a desire to ensure that building levels not be so high that they prevent sunlight from reaching street level. Moreover, many also support the retention of view corridors in the downtown.
You can read the full article on The Georgia Straight website.
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