It’s open! The block in Robson Square from Hornby to Howe has been closed for about a year and a half for reconstruction (it’s complicated when you’re rebuilding a road on top of an underground building, I guess) – but now Arthur Erickson’s original vision for the square is complete. Pedestrians (and bicycles) only.
And it’s a bigger space than I anticipated:
That means there will be lots of things happening simultaneously – demonstrations, performances, exhibitions, people hanging out, eating, ‘gramming, meeting, just trying to get someplace else. And then being distracted by some of the best people-watching in the city.
Here’s a 360-degree video of literally my first minute in the square:
I love how the movement flows almost as if directed – the people walking and eating, the cyclists circumnavigating, the guy in the chair giving hand signals, the skateboarders performing almost on cue, the man on his laptop, and then back where we started. Even the sirens and boarders providing the soundtrack. None of it planned, all of it naturally choreographed.