Even though Adam Fitch is working up in Thompson-Nicola, he’s keeping his hand in when it comes to Lower Mainland issues. Notably, on the op-ed page of the Vancouver Sun today:
The most appropriate solution (for rapid-transit to UBC), with due consideration for costs, regional transit priorities (i.e. Surrey, etc.) and time frame (10 years from now to build the subway at a minimum) is to build a mainly street-level light rail along the CPR corridor, the Arbutus corridor, and West 16th Avenue to UBC. Compare this route with a Broadway subway on cost, construction time and capacity, and it prevails.
And in my email box, with this proposal to elevate Robson Square:
- A simple circular plaza, elevated over Robson Street – a large new space for gathering and temporary installations
- Accessed by stairs and spiral ramps, contains numerous glass panels to minimize shading
- Allows buses to pass through on Robson Street.
- Provides shade and weather protection on Robson Street.
- Enables pedestrian bridges over Hornby Street and Howe Street, to connect to adjacent buildings – Sears/Nordstroms, for example
- An iconic piece of architecture.
[Oh look over there: Isn’t that Cornelia Oberlander reaching for a pitchfork?)