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‘A People-Focused Gastown.’ Councillor looks to remake prominent neighbourhood

‘A People-Focused Gastown.’ Councillor looks to remake prominent neighbourhood
CITY OF VANCOUVER — Councillor for the City of Vancouver, Sarah Kirby-Yung, is set to put forth a motion on May 9 that proposed turning the Gastown neighbourhood into a pedestrian-focused area through the removal or limitation of cars.

VANCOUVER — City of Vancouver councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung is pushing to turn Gastown into a pedestrian-focused neighbourhood.

At an upcoming city council meeting on May 9, Kirby-Yung is set to introduce a motion called “A People-Focused Gastown: A bold, forward-looking vision for a vibrant and prosperous neighbourhood.”

The motion is a proposal to revitalize Gastown through road repairs, a public planning process and the pedestrianization of Water Street, reads a news release.

Walley Wargolet, executive director of the Gastown Business Improvement Society, said the plan has been getting worked on for a long time.

“Gastown has been in need of both immediate repairs and a long-term vision for quite some time. We’re excited to be working collaboratively with city hall on this initiative and we’re looking forward to seeing the positive impacts,” Wargolet said in the release.

Though not yet released, the city said the plan includes Water Street repairs, options for a car-free or car-light Water Street, a pilot for a car-free shutdown of Water Street, changing Cordova Street to a two-way and collaboration with TransLink to address public transit needs.

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