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Vancouver To Permanently Close Section Of Robson Street To Traffic

Urban Reef Has One Week Left At Robson Plaza

Vancouver’s city councillors have voted to permanently close off the heart of Vancouver to all vehicle traffic.

During a meeting on Wednesday, councillors approved closures on Robson between Howe and Hornby streets.

“There are more pedestrians than drivers travelling through this block of Robson Street, and having a permanent public square will encourage year-round programming,” reads a statement from the city.

Vancouver typically closes the 800-block of Robson in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery almost every summer. They top it off with a unique installation each year to encourage pedestrians to take a seat and hang out at the plaza.

The area is also popular for food trucks during the summer months.

Closure of Robson Street has been in discussions dating back to 40 years ago, but it wasn’t until 2010 when Vancouver first closed the section off to create a gathering space for the Winter Olympics.

Robson Square will now become the third largest public space hangout in downtown Vancouver. It will also make a great location for the upcoming Diner en Blanc event this summer.

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