A REMNANT OF THE FREEWAY THAT NEVER WAS
With The Guardian article on Vancouver’s freeway battle, it is fitting to point out a remnant from that era- 200 Granville Square. In our last post we lamented that one of our premier streets, Granville Street, terminates in a parkade. The office tower at 200 Granville Square was designed for the freeway passing to the north. We know level P1 of the parkade is structurally designed to accommodate traffic but we don’t know for sure if was designed to provide the freeway entrance as shown in the sketch below.
The City’s Central Waterfront Hub Framework (endorsed by Vancouver City Council in 2009) shows a way to undo the mistakes of the 1960s era and re-open Granville Street to the harbour.
And here is a link to Gord Price’s blog entry on the famous Project 200.