Originally Posted by Conrad Yablonski
Yet more rabid anti-car wank.
Note-I drive Robson a couple times a week-in the AM before the rush and during the afternoon rush-killing that street and it's ability to function is just plain stupid.
How would the guests coming and going from the Blue Horizon, The Riviera, the Greenbrier and the Empire Landmark access their hotels-through the kitchens in back?
None of those hotels are between Howe and Bute.
Yeah, I'm just so
anti-car, since I drive everywhere I go, am against the removal of the viaducts and the rest of Gregor/Meggs/Vision's bullshit plan to starve road capacity in the COV, am heavily concerned about NW council's attitude towards the necessary replacement of the Pattulo Bridge, etc etc etc.
The retail experience on Robson is absolutely terrible. I would venture to guess that the vast majority of Robson shoppers do not utilize the parking on Robson. What is the harm in taking out two lanes of parking over three blocks?
Now you may argue that Robson shouldn't hold the distinction of the main shopping street, or that the COV does not require such an area. That's fine. But if that area wants to cling onto that title, it needs to be improved.
Yeah, it's anecdotal, but I can tell you that many of my friends and colleagues choose to avoid shopping on Robson because it's too crowded and the experience is not enjoyable. A quick glance at the popularity of the former Starbucks' patio on Thurlow/Robson would indicate that many people are yearning for a place to linger on Robson -- if that space existed.
Perhaps it is disappointing that many of the shops on Robson are chain fare that can be found in any suburban mall. That's a fair argument as to why the area isn't performing well. But given that Robson is supposed to be this special destination shopping area, you would assume at the VERY least, that these locations could hold their own against other locations at say...Oakridge, Park Royal, and Metrotown. Yet time and time again, when a store doesn't have stock of a particular item, the common refrain from sales staff is "Oh, our Robson store has stock, would you like me to hold it there for you?".
It seems pretty obvious to me that the main shopping street in Vancouver should be somewhat pedestrian friendly and the benefits that would come by it.