People walking along downtown Granville Street at night.

Get ready for a new Granville Street

January 31 2023 –

Today Council gave the go-ahead for a new vision for Granville Street, the city’s premiere high street and main entertainment district in downtown Vancouver.

The current lack of daytime activity on Granville Street has seen a rise in vacant storefronts, safety, and public disorder concerns, violence related to public intoxication, and concern for people experiencing homelessness. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated many of these issues and created a significant strain on local businesses and nearby residents, which has contributed to an overall negative perception of Granville Street.

Growing interest and ideas from businesses, residents, property owners, and other stakeholders highlight their support to reinvigorate the area. Working with community partners, we will establish a new comprehensive vision for the area that balances the different needs and aspirations of those who work, live, perform on, visit, and enjoy Granville Street. 

With an objective to re-establish Granville Street as an exciting, welcoming, safe, and inclusive downtown destination, the plan will also focus on supporting economic stimulus and cultural revitalization for the area. While balancing the need to preserve the area's unique heritage character, we will explore new opportunities for entertainment, dining, and tourism, hotel, retail, and office space.

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Deputy Mayor Sarah Kirby-Yung

"The ramped-up Granville Street Planning Program presents a significant opportunity to breathe life into the Granville Entertainment District, expedite new hotel development, expand tourism, create a signature pedestrian-focused public space, strengthen job space, increase safety, and support a vibrant arts and culture destination in our city - especially live music and a vibrant night-time economy,” said Deputy Mayor Sarah Kirby-Yung.