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City of Vancouver allows alcohol consumption at three public plazas

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Vancouver city council has voted to allow public drinking at three spots in the city.

Alcohol consumption will be permitted at the following locations:

• Cambie Street and 17th Avenue
• Fraser Street and 27th Avenue
• 800 Robson Street

A fourth possible site on Maple Street and West 4th Ave. requires additional review by city staff.

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Public drinking will be allowed from May 31 until Oct. 11 between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.

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Last year, the city launched a pilot project to permit drinking in four designated public plazas.

Vancouver city council is also looking to turn part of downtown’s Granville strip into a promenade.

Councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung is calling for the stretch Granville Street between Smithe and Helmcken streets to become a pedestrian-only zone starting on Friday evenings through the weekend during the summer.

Kirby-Yung says a Granville Street promenade would help revitalize the area that has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is an iconic cultural and entertainment destination, and it’s one that’s slated for renewal and revival with some planning initiatives coming forward,” she said. “So I think doing something like a pilot promenade is a great way to showcase what the street really can be.”

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Kirby-Yung said the city hopes to work with TransLink to make the area both car-free and bus-free.

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“I think that this is a really a movement towards a much bolder and creative use of our public space, really putting the priority on pedestrians,” she said.

“We’ve seen a lot of that public space in pop-up plazas in the city of Vancouver, but it shouldn’t just be a pandemic response. I think we have the opportunity to build a more people-friendly city moving forward.”

Council has referred Kirby-Yung’s motion to the standing committee to hear from speakers on Wednesday.

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