Broadway's Bright Future
As part of the Broadway Plan initiative, the City of Vancouver is poised to transform the public spaces in Kitsilano, Fairview, and Mount Pleasant into thriving, people-friendly environments. This transformation is essential to accommodate the significant growth expected in the Broadway Plan area over the next 30 years, which encompasses the region between Clark Drive and Vine Street, extending from 1st to 16th Avenues.
Community Engagement: A Cornerstone for Change
Starting from September 28, 2023, the city opened up a channel for public feedback to understand the community's preferences and suggestions on improving public spaces. This feedback will be crucial in molding the Broadway Public Realm and Streetscape Plan, which aims to enhance the livability, accessibility, and sustainability of neighborhoods in the area.
The new Broadway Subway not only facilitates transportation but also provides a golden opportunity to reallocate road space for public use. This reimagining of Broadway aligns with the aspiration to make it a 'Great Street', a place where people can play, relax, socialize, and feel more connected to nature.
Key Improvements Envisioned
Among the myriad improvements proposed, some of the standout ones include creating public plazas, enhancing greenery, widening sidewalks, and adding accessibility features. These changes aim to foster a vibrant, appealing environment conducive to both individuals and businesses, enriching the community as a whole.
Burrard Slopes Park: A Case in Point
Falling within the Broadway Plan area, the Burrard Slopes Park embodies the kind of transformation envisioned. The design decisions for the park will be informed by the broader Broadway Plan and the feedback collected from the community, illustrating the collaborative approach in reshaping public spaces.
The Broadway Plan: A Brief Recap
Adopted by the City Council in June 2022, the Broadway Plan is a 30-year blueprint for harmonizing new housing, job spaces, and amenities with the Broadway Subway. With an estimated population growth of up to 50,000 people over the next three decades, Broadway, being a vital connector in the city and region, is at the heart of Vancouver's second downtown. This area is also the second largest job center in B.C. and traverses through several neighborhoods including Kitsilano, Fairview, and Mount Pleasant.
The City encourages residents and stakeholders to share their thoughts and ideas on improving public spaces in the Broadway Plan area. By partaking in the survey available on the City’s Shape Your City engagement site, individuals can contribute towards creating a better experience and more engaging places within their community.Posted by Adam Chahl on