Walking and the pedestrian environment
January 4, 2005
Beach and Benches (Vancouver)

August 2004 trip to Vancouver, BC

Vancouver libraryVancouver's new library. I'm glad that Seattle has a show-piece architectural structure for its new Central Library, and I'm really happy about how many people it's drawn in. I wouldn't have complained if we ended up with Vancouver's library if they didn't have it already, though.

Leaf stamped sidewalkLeaf patterns in Yaletown sidewalks.

semi-private spaceSemi-private entry-way at a Yaletown condominium

Yaletown sidewalksNew developments in Yaletown bring an attractive walking environment.

Yaletown sidewalk nightFlower pots, benches, and lit store fronts in Yaletown at night.

sign overloadA mishmash of signs on Granville.

marble bike rackFancy marble bike rack.

ugly buildingThe one truly ugly building on Robson.

English BayEnglish Bay beach is especially attractive in August. On a weekday morning it's still relatively quiet, but this place can get packed. A short bus ride from the retail core on Robson, it's also easily biked or jogged from most downtown residential.

silly bike signNutty bike signs on West 4th.

pedestrian half signalPed button at one of the many pedestrian half-signals in Vancouver.

Robson clocksVancouver has a slew of nice clocks downtown. On this building on Robson there are also meteorological dials.

parking entranceUnderground parking entrance that doesn't force cars to cut across the sidewalk.

Vancouver benchesThere are sooo many benches in Vancouver. Seattle seems scared that people might actually sit down if too many benches are installed. And yes, there are apparently homeless sitting on some benches in Vancouver.

West 4thLively store fronts on West 4th.

Posted by Rob Ketcherside at January 4, 2005 12:14 PM
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