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#21 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 02 March 2019 - 06:44 AM


How many of the jaywalkers need to get into that block between Bay and Hillside? What businesses are in that area they want to get to other than Tim Hortons? The Times Colonist, CHEK or the CBC? The liquor store and Wendy’s are both in malls at the ends of the blocks, so how many extra steps are required to go to the existing crosswalks? It’s 140 metres to the south and 205 metres to the north. They are saving maybe a couple of hundred steps.

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Posted 02 March 2019 - 06:54 AM

i actually suspect you can’t very accurately time a crosswalk signal here with the bay and hillside traffic lights. let’s say it activates 10 seconds after a bay st. red. 5 second lag until walk signal. 7 seconds of walk signal. 20 seconds to cross. 10 more seconds lag. you are getting close to a minute. currently do both bay and hillside hold at red simultaneously for a minute or more?

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Posted 02 March 2019 - 08:48 PM

Well, this happened..

 

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It'll be a nice neighbourhood again one day.



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Posted 02 March 2019 - 10:07 PM

What!? When did that happen?

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#25 Nparker

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Posted 02 March 2019 - 10:14 PM

I noticed gates up on the Johnson Street side last Monday.



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Posted 02 March 2019 - 10:17 PM

Friday or today?

Hopefully if someone buys the old theatre/current office they’ll more tastefully deal with this walkway in conjunction with Yates on Yates.

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Posted 02 March 2019 - 10:19 PM

The challenge of mid block walkways...

#28 RustyNail

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Posted 02 March 2019 - 10:36 PM

Friday or today?

Hopefully if someone buys the old theatre/current office they’ll more tastefully deal with this walkway in conjunction with Yates on Yates.

Once Vivid and Yates are both complete, there is going to be a gated mid block walkway to be maintained by the two new buildings. Open during the day and closed after 10 PM... according to the disclosure statement anyway. I believe the townhouse components of the development are going to open to/face this walkway.

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#29 Mike K.

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 07:30 AM

So is public access blocked all the time, or only during specific hours? The sign is a little ominous.
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#30 G-Man

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 08:24 AM

But this public access has always been there. Why would it close?

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#31 RustyNail

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 08:56 AM

But this public access has always been there. Why would it close?


I think it's just a temp thing for construction purposes maybe? The Yates side of the development is at ground level now and I'm guessing they are soon going to start working on removing that ugly rock fence. That would turn that corridor into a construction zone that they probably want locked up during off hours. Not 100% sure though.

#32 Nparker

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 10:17 AM

I think it's just a temp thing for construction purposes maybe? 

The quality of the fence/gate and the keypad suggest something more long-term than just the construction phase of Y-o-Y & Vivid.



#33 Mike K.

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 10:33 AM

It appears to be a permanent installation.

The question now is whether that walkway was a public amenity or whether it was merely an access point for employees of that building, who enter and exit via an entrance in the middle of the block.

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 12:23 PM

But this public access has always been there. Why would it close?


Are you REALLY pondering that question?

I walk by ever morning, surprised they didn't fence off the front and back entirely.
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#35 Mike K.

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 12:30 PM

The gate will be closed once VicFD inspects it and certifies it as to-code.

It’s too bad. I use that walkway all the time.

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 12:59 PM

 

The challenge of mid block walkways...

 

Of crappy ones, anyway.


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Posted 03 March 2019 - 03:44 PM

 

Well, this happened..

 

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It'll be a nice neighbourhood again one day.

 

 

A straightened out metal coat hanger with a hook on the end will grab that 'push to open' paddle nicely.  That's a pretty silly security flaw for such an expensive gate.  


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#38 Nparker

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 04:08 PM

A straightened out metal coat hanger with a hook on the end will grab that 'push to open' paddle nicely.  That's a pretty silly security flaw for such an expensive gate.  

The visual deterrent will probably be enough for most people. Perhaps security cameras will also be installed.



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Posted 03 March 2019 - 04:28 PM

The city says this is a key pedestrian connection. I suspect this was done without city permission. I will find out. This is not okay. Is this a Jawl building?
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#40 Mike K.

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 04:44 PM

No, it's definitely not a Jawl property.


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