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City of Vancouver looks to public on future of Gastown

(Photo by Dustin Godfrey for NEWS 1130)

The City of Vancouver is hosting an open house and walking tours of Gastown to kick off a round of public consultation

Gastown is identified as a potential car-light street in Vancouver's master Downtown Eastside Plan

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The streets of Gastown are set to undergo a major overhaul, but not before you have your say. The City of Vancouver is hosting an open house to kick off a round of public consultation.

The City’s Manager of Transportation says this is your chance to help shape the future of this iconic neighbourhood.

“How do we create the opportunity for better walking, better cycling, better transit, better place-making,” explains Dale Bracewell. “One of the ideas is to kind of go car-lite and yet still provide enough vehicle and loading and business access for Gastown.”

Water Street –which is the main route through the district– has been identified as a potential car-light street through the city’s 2040 Downtown Eastside Plan.

“What we mean by car-lite is, how do we have better quality spaces for people by restricting the amount of motor vehicles, and that can be kind of exactly where they’re accessing some of the Gastown streets, it might be by time of day, it might even by the season of the year.”

Bracewell says the feedback gathered will be used to help craft a vision for the area, and adds the city is working closely with local groups and businesses.

The open house is on this afternoon from 1:30 to 4:30 in the Woodwards Atrium and includes a number of walking tours of the area by community and business representatives.

City staff are also asking for your feedback through an online survey.