Some of you think that I’m too busy stuffing my face with pasta to pay any attention to what is going on in Vancouver, but that’s simply not true. There is actually a small amount of time between pasta feedings to keep on top of Terminal City news and so I am indeed aware that the mayor has come up with speculation about building a bike/pedestrian bridge, based on a plan by Gregory Henriquez.
Of course, any mention of something like that can’t help but remind London visitors of the Millennium bridge that has turned into a huge tourist draw, in large part because it spans the river between the Tate Modern and St. Paul’s Cathedral. It makes for a stunning walk and has become a new symbolic identifier for London, along with helping make their refurbished south-side river walk even more appealing.
The question I see many of you asking is whether Vancouver can afford it. (I’ve attached comments below that were attached to a previous post of mine but really need to be in their own string.) I find it interesting how often that question dominates any discussions about transportation infrastructure in this region, whether it’s SkyTrain or a bike path. No one ever seems to talk about good planning for the city Vancouver (and I mean the region here) will be in 100 years.
By the way, just to be mischievous, I’ll suggest that if Vancouver does get interested in this bridge, one obvious element to consider is doing what London did and making sure there’s a powerful attraction on each end: the new False Creek shoreline Vancouver Art Gallery on one end (which Gregory’s father, Richard, has been scoping out for the gallery) and then what could there be on the south side that would be an equal draw? I await your suggestions.
In the meantime, here’s the start of the debate from my adorable commenters: