The Broadway Subway Will Sterilize Surface Business

An interesting passage from Steve Munro’s critique of Neptis, which I was reading to gain some insight into the organization, in response to Mr. Burgess’s comment.

Towards the end of this lengthy report, this paragraph stood out.

The whole point of Transit City was to provide improved local, trunk services and to remain on the surface wherever possible to minimize capital costs while avoiding the sterilization of between-station areas with the wide spacing typically found on subway projects.

Let me restate the point of concern.

………. (transit is) to remain on the surface wherever possible to minimize capital costs while avoiding the sterilization of between-station areas with the wide spacing typically found on subway projects.

So now the truth come out, the Broadway subway will sterilize surface business’s along Broadway, between the subway stations.

This contrary to what TransLink and the Mayor of Vancouver is saying! This contrary to hosannas being sung about the subway by the Daily hive and the rest of the mainstream media.

The Broadway subway will harm surface businesses and the City of Vancouver and TransLink  are cowards for not telling merchants the truth, that the Broadway subway will sterilize Broadway!

Broadway - Are merchants ready to be sterilized?


2 Responses to “The Broadway Subway Will Sterilize Surface Business”
  1. Sure. I mean, the Broadway Subway—which will never go past Arbutus, one hopes—is all about building the ‘Subway-and-Tower’ paradigm. And killing neighborhoods and urban villages.

    Subway-and-Towers were first constructed in NYC one hundred and ten years ago, when the Woolworth Building went up in Lower Manhattan—dubbed “The Cathedral of Commerce”. At 55 stories (and 34 elevators) the Woolworth department store head offices only occupied 1.5 levels in the building. The building was not mean for the ‘Woolworth’ stores, rather it was meant to generate real estate profits. The rest of the 53.5 were speculative real estate space.

    Having made his debut in the five-and-dime (read ‘Dollarstore’) retail trade, Mr. Woolworth was ready to enter the high stakes sweepstakes of Tower-and-Subway urbanism. Where the government provides all the perks, via a hugely expensive transit system and over-generous concessions to tower builders.

    The damage to the Broadway street (Vancovuer) is going to be caused by disadvantaging the mom-and-pop shops. These businesses will be sacrificed on the altar of the ‘station areas’, to benefit the tower landlords.

    It is the same old story since the days of Baron Haussmann in Paris: out with the small, in with the big—capital that is. Big capital trumps everything as government overspend on transportation systems that are too rich for what they ultimately deliver, and private sector builds towers so tall that they can only be sold in the international financial markets as packaged assets or REITs—‚real estate investment products.

    By disadvantaging small businesses, including real estate ownership, and giving it over to the big conglomerates, the neighborhood is carved up and sold to the REITs and the off-shore capitalists.

    For no particularly good reason at all, since the “Broadway Subway” will only carry a paltry 10,000 pphpd—compared to a Paris or NYC subway carrying 120,000 pphpd—the City of Vancouver will continue to deconstruct communities one neihgborhood at a time.

    So why should the ‘Broadway Subway’ stop at Arbutus and go no further?

    Because the way to return the Canadian Dream—of every family owning a house—is to dramatically increase the number of commuter trips in and out of Vancouver.

    When we measure the number of trips in and out of the national capital on the west coast, we finally see the problem: Government has been asleep at the switch building transportation infrastructure to keep the price of houses within the affordability range of the Canadian Middle Classl

    Delivering more folks to places where housing can be bought cheaply is something that the Broadway Subway will not do, since: (1) It is an extension of the Millennium Line; and (2) like all Skytrain systems, it is knee-capped at 12-times fewer commuter trips per hour as any modern subway (including Paris and NYC).

    However, gazing into the Chrystal Ball, we can see a surface tram carrying 7-times more commuter trips per hour as the Broadway Subway, linking North Vancouver (Lonsdale Quay) with Waterfront Station; then travelling on the Arbutus Corridor with a “correspondence” (transfer) at the Broadway Subway; crossing the Fraser on the rail bridge; and going all the way to Chilliwack on an exiting ROW—ALL OF IT ALREADY entirely owned by government.

    Uhh… that government the is ‘asleep at the switch’ and now looking for our votes again!!

    So, in the proper scheme of things, while the Broadway neighborhoods will be dealt a raw deal by the Broadway Subway, this ‘damage’ will be contained by the future Arbutus Line linking Chilliwack with North Vancouver…

    Provided that ever gets built.

    Importantly for the Canadian Dream of “every family owning a house on a lot”—but not a condo on the Broadway corridor—the Arbutus line will significantly improve the ability to purchase housing on par with the Canadian Dream.

    The internet, working from home, digital commuting, and the like, will take care of the rest. Including building a regional city where ALL THE JOBS do not have to be in THE SAME DOWNTOWN CORE.

    It’s a long shot. But one worth every mile of Modern Tram System… replacing the outmoded… inefficient… prohibitively expensive… Skytrain.

  2. Bunnyman says:

    It has already closed many small restaurants long broadway. At Main street, an entire block was expropriated and demolished. The station for main street only needed one building to be demolished.

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