Block 51 - Downtown Vancouver Public Space Consultation

Block 51, the 800-block of Robson Street (between Hornby and Howe) and the Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza, have long been the centre for Vancouverites to socialize, and display civil democracy and creative expression.

Two timely initiatives are now driving the City’s interest in finding out how the public uses these spaces.

While the projects are separate, the City is combining its investigation of their uses into one public dialogue starting mid-October.

City staff are investigating:

  • The public's level of support for permanent closure of the 800-block of Robson Street.
  • The public's current and desired use of the 800-block of Robson Street and the North Plaza.

Public consultations

The public are invited to attend two events to explore the history and importance of this block. Learn about innovative public spaces from other cities and offer your thoughts on what future uses the 800-block of Robson and the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza can accommodate.

These events will end with an illustrated brainstorming exercise that will collect ideas on what type of future uses are desired. Your participation will help shape the future of this central area, and your ideas will be brought to City Council this fall and given to the designer for the North Plaza.

15 October 2012 - A Look Back
Vancouver Art Gallery, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
750 Hornby Street 

The 1973 National Film Board film “Chairs for Lovers” and a panel with members of the original team for Robson Square will set the context of how this block came to be.

17 October 2012 - A Look Forward
Vancouver Art Gallery, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
750 Hornby Street

Short and inspirational presentations will look at how this block has been used over the last few years and draw on inspiration from other cities.

(Note: The future of the Vancouver Art Gallery will not be a part of the discussion.)

The City will also post an online survey to gather your feedback following these events. Join the conversation on Twitter using #Block51.

For more information please visit the website.

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