Monthly Archives: October 2006

Greenway not Just for Tourists

It has been said that the Carrall Street Greenway is being set up for tourists, for 2010, and not for the neighbourhood. I disagree. The Carrall Street Greenway will connect this extraordinary street to the rest of Vancouver. By linking to the False Creek and Stanley Park bike paths, the greenway will bring Carrall Street into the circling recreational pathways that surround the city’s waterfront. From Carrall we already cycle to Kits and beyond, or along Coal Harbour through Stanley Park, then over to English Bay. The difference the Greenway will make: people from those areas will include this street in their cycle paths. So to those who think this Greenway is a vehicle for tourist attraction, I suggest you open to the possibility that this will be a neighbourhood amenity, that will connect the rest of the city to this area.

By the way, the Greenway Stewardship committee  was completely committed to keeping the current SRO numbers in place for this street, and to have a development plan that included all stakeholders in the community. Many public forums and open meetings took into account these varied needs and visions.

We thought that that construction was set to begin in October, but have now heard it will be starting in January.


Carrall Street Redevelopment: JJ Lee

Today on CBC radio’s On the Coast, JJ Lee, the design columnist for Vancouver by Design, discusses the Carrall Street Greenway. I’m interested to hear what he puts together from various critiques of the current Greenway plan. He interviewed me an hour or so ago, and I could hear his fingers tapping on the keyboard as we spoke. But then, context is everything, so the words may have another meaning entirely in his hands.

We were both wondering if the construction on that part of Carrall and Pender might have had something to do with the Greenway. It was planned to start in October, but that’s the only sign I’ve seen so far. As it is, those old Greenway banners are looking fairly faded from our hot and sunny summer – I wonder if they’ll be replaced soon?

He told me he is also learning tailoring from the guys at the Modernize Tailors. What a great thing to do! I just went to the Modernize Tailors blog – really worth a visit! Opens your mind to all the possibilities of personal tailoring.

JJ has posted the text of his radio piece “Carrall Street Redevelopment” on his blog, Vancouver by Design.