17 Oct

A little bit on the planning possibilities of parking lots…

SurreySide

Recognize this view?

You’ve seen it, many times.

Hint: it’s downtown.

Another hint: the big apartment block isn’t there anymore.

Third hint: it’s not a parking lot anymore.

Still stumped?

Here’s a high up view of what it looks like now:

Yes, our parking lot from 1973 is, in fact, now Robson Square.

Amazing how space can change, eh?

So, back to Surrey. That’s what Vancouver did; is there a spot in Surrey that you’d like to see undergo a similar transition?

(Oh, and that first pic? It’s a screen grab from a fascinating 1973 NFB short on Stanley King’s work with downtown Vancouver residents in re-designing what would become Robson Square.)

Chairs for Lovers by Barrie Howells, National Film Board of Canada

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