"Vancouver's Granville Mall" Top 5 Page for this destination Driving & traffic Tip by rmdw

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  What's odd about this street?
by rmdw

If you look at the photo for a moment, do you notice something strange? It's the middle of the day, there are lots of people around, yet . . . ??? In the distance you see two buses. But where are all the cars? Did I get lucky with this photo? Were they filming a movie? Nope. This section of Granville Street downtown is called "Granville Mall". Regular vehicles are not allowed, except for buses, taxis, and emergency vehicles.

The street was changed over this way in the 1970's, with the aspiration of it becoming a European style pedestrian mall. Instead, it has become a North American style scumbag zone.

In the past few years it has slowly improved, but does not come close to shining like the once glamourous street it used to be.

So, before you turn down this street with your car, observe the signs to see if its permissible. As a tourist you may not get a ticket ... but there are no guarantees!

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  • Written May 21, 2005
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