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Transportation report recommends reopening Robson Street to vehicles

By Tyler Orton, 24 Hours Vancouver

Robson Street 2012 in Vancouver, B.C. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)

Robson Street 2012 in Vancouver, B.C. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)

Street vendors, food carts and even giant beanbag chairs have dotted the landscape of Robson Square, near the Vancouver Art Gallery between Howe and Hornby Streets, while the space has remained closed to vehicles since the summer.

Now the city’s engineering director is recommending reopening the 800-block of Robson Street by Dec. 1 before incrementally converting it into a permanent public square.

A report from transportation director Jerry Dobrovolny states “it will take time” to develop a successful year-round square, noting staff must consider everything from the proposed redesign of the former Sears building across the street to modifications to street surfaces.

The report also notes residents in the West End have expressed concerns about the fate of the No. 5 bus route, which originally reached from the downtown neighbourhood directly to the Granville strip but has since been rerouted down Burrard to West Pender.

Council will consider Dobrovolny’s recommendation at a transportation meeting Nov. 28.


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