Another parkade that has already bit the dust (or, rather, turned into dust) is historically on a site that was the first thing a visitor would see after arriving by train (whether CPR or SkyTrain) and exiting Waterfront Station. The corner of Cordova and Granville is documented, of course, by Changing Vancouver:
The transition from 1911 storefronts to parkade was in 1969. The parkade itself came down in 2018.
Nothing quite illustrates the insensitivity of Motordom design than the Granville-Cordova intersection. The parkade had zero pedestrian-friendly frontage. Across the street, the entrance to the Granville Square podium directly at the foot of our most prominent retail corridor blocks the view of the water and mountains even as it creates a dangerous crossing for pedestrians. Turn to the left, and there’s the triple whammy of a concrete passerelle separating pedestrians from the street, another dark entrance to more subterranean parking, and too-narrow sidewalks on both sides.
If the Central Waterfront Hub plan for this part of the city goes ahead in some form, we can anticipate adding most of the Granville Square podium to our graveyard of demolished parkades and, hopefully, a complete redesign of this unnecessarily wide stretch of Cordova in front of Waterfront Station:
By that time, the parkade site will have been replaced by the Bosa Waterfront Centre, credited to Kohn Pedersen Fox.
What the Granville frontage will look like then:
Don’t you just love the businessman on the bike.