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Broadway Could Change for Planned Subway

Vancouverites told the city they have little love for Broadway — its planned subway could change that

VANCOUVER—Vancouverites hope a subway extension along Broadway will inject some life into the street known more for office space and the 99 B-Line than food, coffee, and nightlife.

About 8,000 people participated in the city’s phase one consultation on the “Broadway Plan,” which considers how to develop the area that includes Mount Pleasant, False Creek Flats, Kitsilano and Fairview, when a subway is built along Broadway between VCC-Clark and Arbutus street.

A major takeaway? Broadway should be more fun.

“There’s not a love for Broadway itself today,” said Kevin McNaney, project director of the Broadway Plan. “People really see it as a transportation corridor, not somewhere to go and dine and shop and have fun.”

McNaney said that even though preservation was a common theme heard throughout the city’s four-month initial engagement process, Vancouverites prioritized the preservation of rental homes and local businesses — and largely asked for the main street to be revitalized.