Commercial Drive

November 20, 2011
Presenter/ Charles Demers

Money Tree

Written by Brian McBay

I lived near Commercial Drive for nearly seven years since I first moved to Vancouver. I’ve experienced the drive daily and am delighted by the walkability of such a street. The cultural enclaves are perforated by a surplus of organic grocers and through it all there is a general feeling of participation. The narrow width of the street, where friction is created along the corridor, allows for cross-pollination and competition from one side of the street to the other. Most of all, the width of the street affords a walkability from one side to the other - or a ‘J-walkability’ where pedestrians can walk at ease across the street. The narrow street combined with the active movement of pedestrians is the perhaps the essence of what makes Commercial Drive.

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