City of Vancouver staff presented an update this week on the urgent need for a Broadway Subway line. The project would provide rapid transit along the Broadway corridor, home to the second biggest employment centre in BC & the busiest transit corridor in North America. Here's a summary of press & social media reaction:
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Today at Council, staff presented an update on the Broadway Subway line, which would provide rapid transit along Vancouver's Broadway corridor. The corridor has the second most jobs in the Province and is the busiest transit corridor in North America.
- Staff made the case on why a subway through the Broadway Corridor (extending out to UBC) is the recommended transit priority for Vancouver. Reasons include:
- A subway is the only technology that can meet Broadway's ridership needs
- A subway could handle 20,000 people per hour, compared to just 7,000 for a streetcar
- Transit volumes would double on Broadway if rapid transit capacity was added
- A Streetcar would require 90% of parking spots removed along Broadway, along with turn restrictions at 90% of intersections. It would also be at full capacity on day one of opening.
HootSuite, makers of the leading social media management system, and the City of Vancouver today announced a deal that will see the local company move into a new, larger head office in Vancouver in early 2013.
HootSuite has signed an innovative agreement with the City to lease new office space at 5 East 8th Avenue, with an option for ownership. The two-storey, City-owned building contains over 33,000 square feet of office space and has a 2012 assessed value of $9.6 million. The agreement involved HootSuite, the City of Vancouver, and the Vancouver Economic Commission working together to find adequate office space for HootSuite’s expanding workforce.
“Vancouver has a booming digital media sector, and there is no better example of that than HootSuite,” said Vancouver’s Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The rapid growth of HootSuite provided us with a good-news challenge: how to accommodate a local company that is seeing rapid growth.
“I’m very pleased we could enable a deal that will see an expanded HootSuite head office in Vancouver.”
Today Mayor Gregor Robertson celebrated the opening of the first rooftop vertical farm in Vancouver, and the harvesting of its first commercial crop of leafy local greens.
The vertical farm is in a greenhouse on top of a parkade in downtown Vancouver, with under-utilized space at a Richards Street EasyPark lot being transformed into a home for innovative urban agriculture.
Vancouver-based Local Garden (a subsidiary of Alterrus) will produce approximately 150,000 pounds of leafy green vegetables and herbs a year, free of chemicals, pesticides and herbicides and without the need for genetically modified seeds. The produce will be distributed to local Vancouver grocers and restaurants. Customers include SPUD.ca, Urban Fare, Fable Restaurant, Cioppino’s, Hawksworth and other local restaurants.
“We’re very excited to work with Alterrus to create local green jobs and grow fresh produce right in the heart of downtown Vancouver,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, who attended the launch. “This project demonstrates the innovative spirit in our City’s booming clean tech sector. Transforming an underused downtown parking lot to create much-needed jobs and fresh, local food is a win-win-win.”