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save our elevated walkway in New Westminster from demolition

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Sunday May 3, 1 pm. Elevated Riverview Walkway Jane's Walk

 

Jane's Walk “Truck Traffic Free”: Sunday May 3, 1 pm. Start at 4th St entrance to Pier Park Overpass. (4th Street and Columbia). Ends at Heritage Grill, Mike Van Eyes performing. 
http://janeswalk.org/canada/new-westminster/elevated-riverview-parkway-historic-new-west-parkade-top-deck/

Jane's Walk “Truck-Traffic Free”: Sunday May 3, 1 pm.

Start at 4th St entrance to Pier Park Overpass. (4th Street and Columbia).

Ends at Heritage Grill, Mike Van Eyes performing. 


http://janeswalk.org/canada/new-westminster/elevated-riverview-parkway-historic-new-west-parkade-top-deck/

 

asking Council and the City to have at least one more public consultation event before signing off demolition contracts

We are asking Council and the City to have at least one more public consultation event before signing off demolition contracts. They have indicated they are going to do more public consultation on the Mews after the demolition. We are saying do the consultation now.

The information provided to the public during the consultations in 2013 and 2014 was incomplete and even misleading. The recent city website newsletter and fact sheet continue to be incomplete and misleading.

The vision presented for the Front Street Mews is of a 'local serving commercial street', with Front street moved closer to the train tracks to make room for a 3 M wide sidewalk, a planted median and angled parking. However, the demolition tender is to repave Front street as it is now.

We want to know now if the City is planning to tear up the new pavement, move the road, and stop the Trucks on one of the busiest Truck routes in the lower mainland? We want to know now, before the demolition contracts are signed off.

Do we really want to commit to spending over $11M over the next year before we are really clear about what the results will be, and that other options were seriously considered?

Our website has more information. http://savetheparkade.shawwebspace.ca/

Twitter is @savetheparkade We have limited resources to keep all of this up to date, but we try, as we struggle to get the City to provide accurate and complete information. 

April 11 noon Saturday rally Front St at McKenzie:Challenge to Mayor - Consult now on Mews Concept; before demolition contracts

Dear Mayor Cote.pdf 

Citizens Challenge Mayor Cote.pdf

New Westminster Downtown Parkade Backgrounder.pdf

 

 

UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture offer help and support to Council

Sent: Sunday, March 22, 2015 3:09:27 PM
Subject: save the parkade support

To Mayor and Council at the City of New Westminster

Please accept this email as letter of support for the save-the-parkade campaign.
I have been teaching Architecture and Urban Design  for the past 20 years at the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and, along with my colleague, Professor George Wagner have often visited this structure to enjoy the magnificent views it affords of the Fraser River and also to appreciate the remarkable connections if creates across Front Street to Downtown New Westminster. 
We would encourage Council to reconsider the opportunities to re-purpose the structure for collective public use and would gladly offer our services to create a special research studio within our school, in the fall of 2015, to present ideas for various ways it can be re-imagined. 
There are many successful re-purposed spaces in major metropolitan areas which combine the roles of parking and other infrastructures with public amenity spaces. I would suggest that the price-tag for demolition may be better serving the community if those funds went towards  the generation of public events, greening strategies and sound amelioration components for the truck and train routes below. If we may, we would be happy to illustrate these, and other concepts to Council, if the decision to demolish is delayed for a while. 
Professionally, I have been part of design teams which have re-purposed the shipyards facilities in North Vancouver towards public uses, as well as working on the re-design of Granville Street in Downtown Vancouver.
As our region moves increasingly towards higher and higher densities, it is critical that our cities continue to provide for public and outdoor spaces to allow our citizenry to enjoy our cities. The parkade could be such an opportunity and, I dare say, would be seen as a popular destination for people to come and visit from many parts of the lower mainland. 
We must carefully consider our future generations in these kind of decisions and, while the Waterfront park is an excellent beginning...connecting it to a tiered upper level of the parkade could be a marriage made in heaven, if done imaginatively and with supportive programming. 
Speaking for George Wagner and many of my other colleagues at our School, we urge Council to at least take a respite from allowing the demolition of this structure, and let us show you how it could become another feather in the cap for the wonderful place that is New West. 
respectfully submitted, March 22, 2015
Bill Pechet, lecturer in Practice, SALA

 

 

new facebook name is Rolly Guasparini (deferthedemolition savetheparkade is apparently against facebook name rules)