Creating a series of activated laneways helps achieve the DVBIA’s mandate to ensure Downtown Vancouver is a distinctive sense of place and arrival. DVBIA partnered with HCMA and the City of Vancouver’s VIVA program to create ‘More Awesome Now’ which is a pilot group and program that takes existing, underutilized laneways and reshapes them into engaging public spaces that are accessible by everyone and contribute to the livelihood of the city.
The DVBIA has completed two laneway transformations; Alley Oop and Ackery’s Alley with its eyes set on a third for Eihu lane (between Alberni and Robson Street). These animated pedestrian zones complement the already-thriving micro-cultures of these areas.
Reimagining and reconfiguring these utilitarian corridors as vibrant recreational, commercial, and performance spaces injects a new type of fine grain activity into the urban commons, increasing the public pedestrian area of the city by as much as 30 per cent! Over time, this could develop into a robust network of interconnected lanes, each with its own sense of place and continually evolving identity.
Interested in creating an awesome laneway of your own? We created a Laneway Learning Guide! Get involved and help make Vancouver even more awesome!