One of the interesting quirks of city life is watching people emerge from the woodwork when some new gathering point entices them out.
I drive up and down Cambie a lot, what with city hall being there and all. For most of my life, it’s been pretty much a dead zone from Broadway to the bridge.
But with the opening of the Save-On Foods at Sixth, along with several other urban versions of big-box Canadian Tire, Winners, Best Buy, and Home Depot, suddenly I see people all over the place around there.
It’s not exactly Paris along the street, what with those giant stores lining the Cambie Street Siege of Stalingrad construction zone, but there they are, real pedestrians strolling along the sidewalk with grocery bags in their hands, clearly walking to some home that’s within walking distance.
Who knew? Maybe Fairview Slopes, the city’s most pedestrian-free residential zone, will start to come to life.