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Thanks to Kenneth Chan in the DailyHive for this on a new addition to Vancouver’s people space (or series of additions, depending on how the numbers turn out). DVBIA’s media release HERE.

laneway-for-peds

Several Downtown Vancouver laneways are set to be reimagined in a pilot project that will beautify a number of gritty, under-utilized spaces, effectively turning the areas into vibrant pedestrian-friendly zones.

The first laneway to be revitalized is the city block-long laneway south of West Hastings Street between Granville and Seymour streets. . .

. . . As the first of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association’s (DVBIA) ‘More Awesome Now’ laneway program, in partnership with the City of Vancouver and local firm HCMA Architecture + Design, this laneway has been painted in bright pink and yellow colours and will soon also boast basketball hoops and furniture. Additionally, decorative lighting and a geolocation orb will be installed over the coming weeks.

According to DowntownVancouver.net:

Where’d this idea come from?

Last year, 11,000 Vancouverites weighed in on the Downtown Vancouver BIA’s Re-Imagine process. They helped create a vision for downtown for the next 25 years. Refresh your memory.

One of the ideas that come up again and again – activate, decorate, commercialize, clean up/brighten up our laneways please! So, we are. . .

. .  official unveiling on Thursday, September 15 from 5-10pm.  Hastings West lane between Seymour and Granville Streets behind the Birks Building.