In this Courier piece, Mike Howell describes a City of Vancouver plan to permanently close the 800 block of Robson to motor vehicles. I sense the smile from Janette Sadik-Kahn as we look like we’re about to create a new people place. Detailed design yet to come.

City manager Sadhu Johnston said staff is preparing a report to go to council in either late April or early May that will recommend the 800-block of Robson Street, between Howe and Hornby streets, be closed year-round.

“It’s something we’ve been directed by council for a while to work on,” Johnston told the Courier. “We want to do it because we think it’s the right thing to do. There’s not that many public gathering places downtown — plazas like that. So we want to create a really nice public spot that people can gather.”

Here’s one of the summer closure layouts.

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Thanks to City of Vancouver for the image