Can Broadway be a Great Street?

McNaney’s report lays out this Great Street vision as one of the guiding principles that will steer the preparation of a plan integrating city objectives with the arrival of the Broadway subway.

The future Broadway Plan covers the area between Clark Drive to the east, Vine Street to the west, 1st Avenue to the north, and 16th Avenue to the south.

It is a sizable area that includes four neighbourhoods: Fairview (but not False Creek South), Mount Pleasant, and portions of Kitsilano and False Creek Flats.

In addition to the vision of making Broadway into a “Great Street”, another principle to guide the future Broadway Plan is the creation and enhancement of parks and public places.

“Diverse places for public life should be integrated along key shopping streets and throughout neighbourhoods to foster walkability and human health, and create opportunities for social connection, cultural expression (e.g. public art), recreation and play, and access to nature,” McNaney’s report says.

A “Great Street” and “diverse” public places should be for everyone, and another guiding principle is that the plan should support “affordable, diverse, equitable and inclusive complete neighbourhoods”.

“Leveraging the investment in the Broadway Subway, new housing opportunities (particularly purpose built market and below-market rental and social and supportive housing) close to transit should be expanded for a diversity of household types and backgrounds, while retaining and reinvesting in existing older rental housing, where possible, and minimizing displacement of existing residents,” McNaney writes in his report.