Moving Through: Speed and the Shape of the City: Vancouver’s Evolving Transitscapes by Museum Of Vancouver published on 2011/03/16 17:36:02 +0000 A multidisciplinary exploration of Vancouver's built environment, via public transit in Part Two of "This is Not an Architectural Speaker's Series: Moving Through" Mini-Walk B: Speed and the Shape of the City: Vancouver’s Evolving Transitscapes (*Guides: Andrew Curran/Translink & Graham McGarva, VIA Architecture) Graham McCarva sees transit stations differently than most people. Graham was the lead architect behind Commercial/Broadway station, it is informative to walk with him through the station and surrounding neighbourhood. "A subway station is a place to buy flowers," he told us, a place where everyone should feel comfortable walking past at any hour. This idea informed the of this station, which responded to neighbourhood concerns of unsavoury characters commanding the intersection. Previously the location of the busiest pay phone in the region, it is now home to the busiest Shopper's Drug Mart. The main action on the Drive used to be north of 1st Ave, but since the station was renovated the neighbourhood has grown right down to 12th Ave. Andrew Curran, senior planner at Translink, introduced the concept of Marchetti's Constant, and helped put the station into historical perspective, explaining that this, the highest traffic station in the system, serves the same function as did the former streetcar station (now a post office) at 6th and Commercial. Like the streetcar station before it, Commercial/Broadway Station connects two suburban lines to lines bound for Downtown (and UBC), moving thousands of people each day.