Picnurbia: A Public Space Installation in Vancouver [Weekend Watch]

For the past two years, Robson Street in downtown Vancouver has been closed to traffic.  First for the Olympics and then for renovations to the surrounding public space.  It is set to reopen to traffic on September 5th.  Fellow Spacing Vancouver contributor, Brian Gould captured this video of what it was like this summer, including scenes from Picnurbia, a public space installation hosted by Viva Vancouver.


Robson Street is set to reopen to traffic on September 5th.  The Vancouver Public Space Network currently has two petitions on the issue.

Last I checked the petition to keep the block closure to traffic had over 900 signatures, while the petition to reopen it to vehicles was hovering around 30.

You can find out more about Brian’s observations on the issue on Spacing Vancouver.



NOTE:  I am a contributor to Spacing Vancouver and a member of the Vancouver Public Space Network. Neither organization asked me to make this post— I posted this on my on volition.


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Yuri Artibise

Yuri Artibise is an experienced policy analyst, community engagement practitioner and social media specialist. I have a Master of Public Administration degree with over 10 years of public policy research, analysis, and advocacy experience.

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