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Subway mooted for Broadway corridor

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

An Urban Land Institute panel that researched the Broadway corridor to the University of B.C. campus in Vancouver is advising against tower development as a driver for transit along the arterial road.

The international non-profit group recommended a subway be built instead of light-rail. They reasoned most commuters weren’t stopping at communities along Broadway but heading directly to and from the Endowment Lands.

The thinking seemingly challenges objectives identified by multiple Lower Mainland cities envisioning transit stations in mixed-use neighbourhoods surrounded by density. B.C. ULI chairman Alan Boniface said that’s not the case.

“You will have density at some places, like Granville and Broadway for instance,” he said. “Some neighbourhoods … don’t need to be as dense, they’re just being passed by, by transit, and that’s OK.”

Boniface pointed to the area around King Edward and Arbutus in Vancouver as an example of density — mid-rise at five to 12 storeys — without building soaring towers that typically attracted opposition from neighbours.


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