Granville Island

What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?

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  1. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    Before you get too far, ask the major stores who their main customers are and how they get there. If it turns out most of the people rode a bike or took a cab/transit, then go ahead and design a car free zone. If not include access for vehicles. I know I can't pack groceries on a bike or a bus.
  2. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    Keep it as is
  3. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    no cars
  4. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    Swans
  5. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    bike friendly
  6. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    Begin with an enchanting and accessible entrance, redesign the space under the bridge.
  7. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    It should be the entertainment/cultural district at night. where art, music, water and nightlife meet
  8. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    community mixed with tourism
  9. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    make it like Seattle Pike Place, keep it mixed us and maybe add a mini theme park.
  10. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    A golf course
  11. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    Venues for workshops and speaking events...(tedtalks, pechakucha etc.)
  12. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    roof top dance center
  13. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    Sustainable mixed use
  14. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    Keep it real
  15. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    No cars! Make it feel like more of an island!
  16. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    A place where sustainability, community, life and celebration of Vancouver come together. A place to live, learn and connect with one another.
  17. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    Urban oasis rich in art and culture promoting a sustainable future
  18. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    Additional area for creativity and arts
  19. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    keeping it rustic keeps it accessible and human. rusted corrugated steel is part of it's charm. more (diverse) cafes and outdoor seating.
  20. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    more interactivity. places/studios that the public can use to be creative, too. workshops.
  21. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    mixed use residential scheme
  22. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    more local art and food suppliers, more farm to table produce, a cebration of the best of BC, summer open air bbq's . busker concerts.
  23. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    No cars!
  24. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    It needs a facelift and more vibrant events accessible to the public.
  25. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    green scaping
  26. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    rollerblading!
  27. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    Enhanced play space for kids aged 2 - 12
  28. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    Enhanced Spray Park and Water Park area for kids
  29. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    Water access only
  30. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    Car free
  31. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    social inclusion and alternative modes and overcoming automobile dependance
  32. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    a new art school
  33. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    Car Free!
  34. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    better parking!
  35. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    waste management
  36. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    careers
  37. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    Bulldozed
  38. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    don't change it
  39. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    art based in immersive technologies
  40. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    Sythesize ideas like this one (on how Barcelona is taking city streets back from cars) and apply the insights to a new-and-improved pedestrian experience on Granville Island - https://getpocket.com/a/read/1371112611
  41. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    An urban Beach (without dive bombing seagulls of course).
  42. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    I envision scads and scads of artist spaces available to artists on a one-year basis so everyone can get a turn to work in this vibrant area. Downtown spaces to work are disappearing fast. Such a shame.
  43. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    Car-free Granville Island.
  44. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    Pop-up shops in shipping containers
  45. What are your big ideas for Granville Island’s future?
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    affordable housing
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