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Beresford: Burnaby’s Next Great Street

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 — 1:24pm PDT
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The City of Burnaby and Intracorp are working together to rejuvenate Beresford Street, located across from Metrotown and directly South of the SkyTrain line. The first phase was the MetroPlace development and the second is Silver, a 38-storey tower. The City’s plan is to make Beresford the next “Great Street”.

A Great Street, as outlined by the Project for Public Spaces includes:

    Beresford Street Scene
  • Attractions & Destinations
  • Identity & Image
  • Seasonal Strategies
  • Diverse User Groups
  • Traffic, Transit & the Pedestrian
  • Amenities, Management
  • Protects Neighbourhoods
  • Active Edge Uses (human-scaled to allow for interaction between indoors and out)
  • Blending of Uses and Modes (ground floor uses and retail activities should spill out into the sidewalks and streets to blur the distinction between public and private space)

With the current plan, Silver’s community on Beresford gets a Walk Score of 97. They would love to know what you would like to see on Beresford as well. Public spaces, gardens, community events, retail, cafes, and more. To get the creative juices flowing for neighbourhood ideas, they have offered up a $250 Metropolis at Metrotown gift card for one reader. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming what you would love to see on a “Great Street” (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win $250 to spend @MetropolisatMet from @IntracorpCanada #SilverLiving & @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries next Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 12:00pm.

Update The winner is Manuel!

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  1. Christine says:

    Pedestrian-only/car-free areas and independent coffee shops!

  2. Lauren says:

    Local stores as opposed to chain stores.

  3. Gladys Tsang says:

    Street vendors. A combination of ground-floor retailers and farmer’s market. It would make for a great atmosphere.

  4. Veronica says:

    A lovely bakery!

  5. Stephanie says:

    I would love to have an area where kids can play in and people can sit down and chat or just enjoy the scenery. Right now it’s pretty quiet, nothing much there at all. It would do really well to liven up the place!

  6. rod says:

    cool. i love rejuvenation projects.

  7. Amanda says:

    Little shops (kind of like in Steveston) – Small shopping places and ice cream/candy stores!

  8. Kevin says:

    I’d love to see an open street concept similar to how Granville St. gets blocked off to traffic. Have buskers and vendors setup little shops during the summer and you’d have a great little market.

  9. Shannon says:

    mom and pop shops and specialty stores :)! We have enough big wig stores in metrotown!

  10. Natalie says:

    Free parking nearby with the street closed to traffic.

  11. Rita says:

    LOCAL STORES FOR SURE!!!! (I’m a bit excited, can you tell?) Also, interactive art installations for both children AND adults! Communal areas that can host Farmers Markets! Comfortable sitting areas for summertime reading! Picnic facilities!!! So exciting!

  12. Shauna says:

    I’d like to see an organic grocer and produce place with lots of beautiful flowers out front!
    And some cool outdoor spaces for people to gather.

  13. cheryl says:

    I think a car free street would be great for the community!

  14. Jen says:

    Wide sidewalks, flowers/trees, independent cafes/shops and a place to showcase local art!

  15. Leslie luu says:

    Used book store or a chocolate shop!

  16. cheryl says:

    A street busker area would be cool

  17. Vania says:

    as a coffee addict, coffee shops would be very nice!

  18. Jeremy says:

    Car free areas, benches and table for people to socialize and “built in” oversize game areas (large chess or checker boards in the sidewalk, hopscotch, etc)

  19. Sunshine G says:

    A pedestrian only zone!

  20. Amy says:

    It would be nice to see some boutique shops or local eats here!

  21. J says:

    definitely a starbucks!

  22. Nicole says:

    would love to see great boutique stores and great places to eat

  23. Michelle W. says:

    Street food!!

  24. Felicia says:

    Independent coffee shops & stores featuring locally made products.

  25. zaelia says:

    Space for bicycles. Separated bike lanes, bicycle parking, bicycle art! Also Pedestrian-and Bicycle-only/car-free areas.

  26. zaelia says:

    Space for bicycles. Separated bike lanes, bicycle parking, bicycle art! Also Pedestrian- and Bicycle-only/car-free areas.

  27. Kris says:

    A park-type area, with sitting and trees and perhaps a playground for kids, and a pedestrian only zone.

  28. Laura says:

    Definitely more independent/local stores. A good organic/ vegan juice place would be good, as well as a good coffee or tea place to hang out at. Oh, arts and craft stores would be good to – there really aren’t any in Burnaby!

  29. Matthew says:

    local-only shop which sells produce, housewares, clothing and even furniture made by and for locals!

  30. Jessica says:

    I’d like to see some cool vintage stores, kind of like main and commercial areas. I’d like it mixed in with local boutiques and also some good home decor stores. Plus a great local bakery/coffee shop with an enjoyable patio

  31. Kelly says:

    Green space!

  32. Marieke says:

    A water fountain/feature! Trees! Recycling bins! Lots of public outdoor art! All in all, just a great outdoor community space to be enjoyed by all ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. allyson says:

    Green space and bike routes!

  34. Kiran says:

    Little privately owned boutique shops!

  35. Kat says:

    I would like to see a flow from indoors to out as in summer patios, garden spaces and small unique shops.

  36. Nicole Shum says:

    Some awesome antique stores!:)

  37. Michelle says:

    A food cart! Especially in the summer so people can mill about outside and enjoy the sunshine with their fun meal ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Anju says:

    Specialty tea shops… Yum!

  39. Audrey says:

    Parisian bakery

  40. Kelly B. says:

    More bike racks and maybe some cool cafes too.

  41. Jessie says:

    I live very close by, and would love to see an independent bookstore in this area!!

  42. Linda P says:

    a nice cake/cafe/bakery!

  43. Louise Mah says:

    Privately owned shops selling local made or grown goods.

  44. Dchoi says:

    A fountain.

  45. Jenny says:

    Car free areas, local market stands, community gardens, food stalls

  46. Shannon says:

    oh and a local yarn shop for burnaby! I’m dying for one closer to me!

  47. Carol says:

    lots of little boutiques

  48. Jeremy says:

    a pedestrian only zone, and a playground for families to hangout

  49. Elizabeth B says:

    community street parties during the day especially to celebrate various events like Spring, Halloween, Christmas, Back to School…whatever will bring families together for a fun day!

  50. Daniel says:

    Place with a patio to enjoy the summer and people watch.

  51. Katie says:

    Boutique clothing shops are fantastic

  52. Kaka says:

    Stores with yummy foods ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. Janina says:

    Open, public areas for sitting/lounging.

  54. Holly H says:

    I think a farmer’s market would be a great addition to the area.

  55. Vanessa Lee says:

    It’d be great to have a cafe that had seating outside that wasn’t fenced in. They have it all over the world, why can’t we have it in Vancouver!

  56. Diane says:

    A produce shop and a bakery would be perfect really close to the skytrain station so I can stop and pick up what I need for dinner on my way home from work. Maybe even a butcher? Preferably places that stay open later than 6:00. I wish more skytrain stations had convenient shops next door like Commercial and New West do, and this is a great opportunity to add a lot of convenience at a really busy station. Sure, there’s a lot on offer in the Metrotown mall, but it takes a long time to walk to some of those stores (like Shopper’s Drug Mart, especially). There really needs to be another group daycare in the area, too.

  57. Jen says:

    A spacious sidewalk with greenery (trees, flowers).

  58. Jenn says:

    Stores selling local products.

  59. Aaron B. says:

    I’d love to see things like on Granville, with the street closed off for festivals, street hockey, etc. Would bring a lot of people up around this area!

  60. MC says:

    Public Space where people can gather!

  61. Samantha says:

    Wired Monk !!

  62. Renn says:

    Boutiques selling clothes, accessories, and unique finds!

  63. Bons says:

    I’d love to see more public space with no cars. Lots of greenery to beautify the environment and local shops.

  64. L.J. says:

    Small boutiques and cute little bakeries!

  65. Donna L says:

    a courtyard, or some green space to enjoy some fresh baked goods and a coffee.

  66. Brenda says:

    Free public wifi, local small food businesses

  67. Cliff says:

    A market that sells food from local farmers, dairies, wineries, cheesemongers, meat ranchers, etc.

  68. Lee says:

    A market area featuring local / independent shops that provide all the basics like butcher shop, bakery, liquor store, cooking supply shop, coffee shop, etc. Mainly pedestrian oriented with sufficient bike racks available throughout. Free public wi-fi would be great.

  69. Megan says:

    I’d like to see an independent coffee shop, artisan/gourmet cheese shop, and a craftbeer-centered liquor store.

  70. Dorcas says:

    Local arts and crafts store

  71. grace says:

    A public art/art installation space. Plenty of shops and stores in Metrotown for people to shop at already.

  72. Chelsea says:

    I believe outdoor terraces are essential! A place to sit and have a coffee and unwind.

  73. Cindy Smith says:

    Starbucks and Cartems donuts!!

  74. Ben says:

    I’d give anything to see a cafe a la Cafe Artigiano’s or Cafe Sciuรฉ on the Metrotown area…

  75. Patricia says:

    a walkable street with lots of trees and plantings and the opportunity for people to meet their neighbours at outdoor cafes and mini parks

  76. Paula says:

    A stage/entertainment and event area where activities and events can be held outside on a more frequent basis in burnaby. (ex. Fundraisers events, night market, festivals, etc).

  77. I would love to see the opportunity for an ever changing display of street art. During the Olympics, when Granville was transformed into an inviting public space, I loved all the faux trees decorated with paper lanterns made by kids and large sculptures that were lining the sidewalks. I think street art gives wonderful texture to a city. I’d like to see it change with the seasons, so there was always a draw to go down there and see what’s new. It would be a fantastic way for emerging and/or outside artists to get their work out there. I think this would appeal to not just locals, but also anyone visiting the city. A street should not be just about the shops, but the ambiance. I think paying attention to the aesthetics of the area will help create a go-to destination vibe, much like Robson Street.

    (tweeting now!)

  78. Brandon says:

    Food Trucks of various foods

  79. Val says:

    A pub with a patio.

  80. Val says:

    A pub with a patio.

  81. Nancy says:

    Independent shops and artisan studios. Funky cafes and great restaurants/pubs. Street entertainment!

  82. Shelley says:

    How about some specialty stores like a British Shop or a Dutch Store. That would be fantastic.

  83. Roberta says:

    A small stage area for musicians in the summer. Food trucks and a no car zone.

  84. Christina says:

    hmm since Metro is nearby, not more shopping. Bakeries and dessert houses! Restaurants! And any special little boutiques =)

  85. Carmelle says:

    I’d like to see local shops and street vendors!

  86. Elysia S says:

    Food carts!

  87. Nancy says:

    Some green space and seating areas with room for entertainment.

  88. Angela griffin says:

    I would like to see a farmers market.

  89. David L. says:

    A car free farmer’s market!!

  90. Belinda says:

    Seeing is Believing store.

  91. Mike Gismondi says:

    I would like to see a pedestrian only walk to access stores.

  92. maria says:

    No Frills grocery store. It is so cheap!

  93. Tamara says:

    Food trucks!

  94. Would love to see green space (grass), trees, and a locally-owned theatre.

  95. Sheila says:

    Food trucks and lots of outdoor seating.

  96. Kate says:

    Would love to see unique and local shops: a cafe or two, farmer’s market, and boutiques. The area could also use a lounge as there are not many options for evening dining out in the area (other than chain restaurants). A public park/event space would be a welcomed addition too!

  97. Julie says:

    Bakeries are always a great choice!

  98. Chris C says:

    There has to be a Starbucks! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  99. Lacey says:

    I’d love to see a nice indie style book shop, perhaps with a focus on local authors.

  100. Heather B says:

    Greenspace, communal area, farmer’s market, Korean bath house

  101. Mark says:

    A pedestrian walkway, a bike path, an air pump for bikes, and a Waves coffee shop!

  102. ammyyy says:

    Public art!

  103. Anne says:

    I would like benches or some form of street level seating and a nice local coffee shop like Terra Breads or JJ Bean. A farmer’s market on Saturday mornings would be great!

  104. Dawn says:

    A covered area for street entertainers and a square to gather.

  105. Rebecca says:

    So many great things could go there: a farmer’s market, small bookshop with coffee/tea, some antique shops, a community garden…

  106. Donna says:

    I would like to see more greenspace with chairs and tables where you could play chess, checkers, cards etc with friends or strangers alike.

  107. Farouk Babul says:

    I’d like to see a pedestrian oriented street lined with public art.

  108. Sandy says:

    I would love too see small coffee shops and stores for a small down feel type of thing.. something burnaby has but at the same time we still lack in vancouver

  109. Linda says:

    A newspaper and magazine shop carrying really electic stuff.

  110. Tina says:

    car free zone

  111. Chelle says:

    Inviting seating areas at street level that are far enough away from the road.

  112. Don McQueen says:

    Creative Landscaping

  113. Rory says:

    A large, street-level communal patio for street vendor food, cafes, bakeries, and coffee shops, etc.

  114. stephanie says:

    farmers market an lots of little stores with unique things to buy. Easy parking would be great and alot of ethinic stores. It would be great if there were some kid friendly stores i to. If we go out for a sunday walk the kids get bored quickly if everything is about the grown ups. Thanks

  115. Florence says:

    Artisan coffee and pastry shop that’s open late with a liquor license for the after-mall/movie crowd like Thierry! ๐Ÿ™‚ Closing the street to make it pedestrian-friendly would be fab!

  116. Dilara says:

    I’d love to see little mom and pop stores on the street level, perhaps even a farmers market.

  117. Karen C says:

    A nice park with a local coffee shop!

  118. Lauren says:

    Street food carts/trucks, with unique and eclectic choices.

  119. Mike says:

    I’d love to see some green spaces for people to sit and relax in.

  120. Peter says:

    At grade LRT (light rapid transit)… all the great cities of the world, well, most of them, have LRT. It’s galling to see Geneva with Canadian-built LRT while we are stuck with ultra-expensive above-grade Skytrain-type transit.

  121. Victoria says:

    An old school mom & pop ice cream store!

  122. Kiran Mehat says:

    I would love to see a nice mom and pops bakery ๐Ÿ˜€

  123. Jessica says:

    Food Trucks!

  124. Lindsey says:

    Definitely needs a good vintage shop or small boutiques

  125. Jennifer says:

    I’d love to see a farmer’s market or a tea cafe with macarons and pastries. :3

  126. Elena says:

    A raw food restaurant! It’s sustainable (all unused fruits & veggies can be dehydrated and made into chips), healthy, and will revitalize and energize anyone who’s walking around the area and shopping (especially if they have a good juice and smoothie selection).

  127. Anth says:

    A GameStop/EB Games!

  128. Mairi says:

    Public space for all weather to sit, enjoy the neighborhood, eat and socialize without being in private space

  129. Laura says:

    Would love to see lots of greenery!

  130. tracy says:

    artisans goods from local sellers

  131. Sheryl Stephenson says:

    Coffee shops, local shops, bakery, deli, unique boutiques

  132. Michael Kwan says:

    Pedestrian only, but plenty of free parking in the area. I’d love to see more street performers too.

  133. Knittingrid says:

    Trees and benches. Food trucks!

  134. Anna says:

    A Bakery!

  135. Sonya T says:

    lots of local stores (boutiques, farmers markets, cafes and bistros), maybe something for the kids. ๐Ÿ˜€

  136. Chelsea says:

    Lots of diverse restaurants, outlets for electric vehicles and lots green space/flowers.

  137. Ursula says:

    A kids’ play area, benches, and some food trucks.

  138. rachelle says:

    Cafe style restaurants with quaint patios and lots of small but relatively inexpensive boutique shopping

  139. Cathy G says:

    Integrative health clinics

  140. Maria says:

    A “piazza” where people can gather for special events

  141. Irene says:

    Organic grocery store. A neighbourhood coffee shop (not chain) that is designed for families with young kids to hang out at. A children’s museum.

  142. Bal Punni says:

    I would like it to be a car free zone. It would be easy to get around and much more safe. Something like the Seattle Premium outlet, a lot of parking, good stores and restaurants where people can enjoy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  143. Karen says:

    Mexican food!

  144. harjit says:

    Crafts!!! Handmade items.

  145. ag. says:

    Awesome! Would love to see some great public art!

  146. Jeff says:

    Street food stands!

  147. Tim says:

    Bubble tea and night market type snack food.

  148. Elena says:

    Quirky, individually run businesses

  149. Lor says:

    A non-major-chain coffee shop with a nice neighbourhood feel.

  150. Manpreet says:

    Definately stores/shops that we don’t have here but instead have to go to the states for also no pubs/bars! Lets make it family friendly!!

  151. Tracy says:

    flower stands!

  152. Kathleen says:

    used book store and a flower store ๐Ÿ™‚

  153. Sarah Haffey says:

    Organic grocery store like Whole Foods or Donald’s

  154. Lisa says:

    Local, independent shops, restaurants, and cafes (no chains)

  155. Kelsey says:

    Lots of trees for shade. Hmm, I’d appreciate lots of recycling and compost bins along the streets, too. I don’t know how many times I’ve had to throw away plastic bottles and apple cores in the trash.

  156. Carmen says:

    A neighborhood bakery!

  157. Robyn Smith says:

    It would be great to see a bike lane. As well as maybe a park (greenspace) with a playground.

  158. Linda says:

    A public square where people can sell handmade crafts and street food, hang out on comfy benches or by a fountain and chat away.

  159. Chista says:

    a candy/chocolate shop!

  160. Mila says:

    Id love to see a car free farmers market/ food stand area with picnic space!

  161. Dennis L. says:

    Car free area with lots of space for people to sit and enjoy the area.

  162. Dennis L. says:

    Car free street with lots of space for people to sit and enjoy the area.

  163. Rachel says:

    A shop selling local organic meat would be awesome!

  164. Jane says:

    specialty food stores, like cheese shop or save on meats

  165. Gary says:

    I’d love to see lots of ethnic cuisine restaurants

  166. Lor. says:

    Local bookstore, kids art studio, a Neighbourhood park, and a pedestrian zone

  167. Tiffany says:

    Street art is always unique.

  168. darwin says:

    A armer,’s market would be a great addition

  169. Davina says:

    Boutique clothing and novelty stores

  170. Rachel says:

    Wide sidewalk with lots of benches to sit on

  171. Lloyd says:

    Car free areas that promote a pedestrian community.

  172. Marga Lรณpez says:

    How about a vintage Candy shop!

  173. John says:

    tons of food

  174. stacey dempsey says:

    lots of public space with no cars and benches to sit on, maybe with small shops and vendors

  175. icitea/Clare says:

    Foodie trucks with rare eats! Freebies handed out at corners! Topshop! Anthropologie! INTERNATIONAL BRANDS. Japanese fashion stores…

  176. Jenn S says:

    Smaller boutiques and specialty shops, along with green space to enjoy the specialty food you buy

  177. Aaron Stewart says:

    I’d love to see some more open parks. Places for a little bit if tranquility where you don’t have to travel all the way to Stanley park. Now that’s a great street

  178. RachelW says:

    Love to keep it green & local so all can enjoy & appreciate a relaxed atmosphere

    Car-free zone
    Daycare & green space/play area
    Benches decorated by local kids/schools
    Mom & Pop stores, local designer stores, food & street vendors
    Farmer’s market

  179. Vanessa says:

    A great street is one that prioritizes pedestrian’s over cars. If they can’t do that then allow the street to be closed for big events similar to Granville street.

  180. Al says:

    Great idea!!! Burnaby is a growing city.

  181. Karen says:

    An independant small sidewalk cafe with small book store attached. Bike lane, and dog friendly areas.

  182. Christine says:

    Bakery, Farmers market, book store. Would be amazing

  183. Ingrid says:

    I would like to see local bakery, space for people to lounge, and a farmers market would be a bonus!

  184. richard w says:

    A local bakery would be AWESOME!

  185. Stotes says:

    A community garden.

  186. Bernadette says:

    local farmer’s market!

  187. lindawwww says:

    lots of sidewalk cafes.

  188. Annie says:

    I would love to see a yummy bakery.

  189. Jennifer M. says:

    Little local cafes with outdoor patios and maybe a bakery! Also lots of trees helps make the street look prettier.

  190. Jan says:

    I agree with the comments for a farmer’s market, and I would love to see an enclosed dog park.

  191. Cyndi T says:

    I’d love to see as many local businesses (and fewer franchises) as possible

  192. Saranna says:

    Benches (non-smoking ones) with green space and areas for kids to sit on the grass and play, roses / flower bed, “trees”. Sidewalk vendors. Farmer’s markets.

  193. Gigi says:

    Delicious street food would be awesome!

  194. Amrit says:

    Local stores!

  195. Dot says:

    coffee shop with a huge patio. A wine bar with a huge patio.

  196. Joanna Wu says:

    I would like to see nature. Parks, large trees, green grass, birds, a park, some benches for old people, and an ice-cream stand. ๐Ÿ˜€

  197. anne says:

    I think lots of plants and trees and areas for people to sit and chat or have a snack would be great!

  198. Sita says:

    This is great, I would love to see a car-free zone. Maybe a ‘working art gallery’ where locals can go in to work on ‘art’ and a community gallery. Definitely a nice gelato place and lots of greenery!

  199. kahhlee says:

    multicultural food stands

  200. julia says:

    i would love to see a green space with lots of benches for people to relax on. also, an independent coffee shop and bakery would be great!


  201. Tessa K says:

    definitely free parking!

  202. Robyn says:

    Outdoor patios, live music

  203. TY says:

    artwork in public places!!

  204. Aidan K says:

    Pervious/Rubberized sidewalks!

  205. Marcela says:

    Benches, garbage bins, bike racks, signage (urban furniture) scaled for pedestrians. Walkable streets keeping them on a human scale and with interesting places to stay, such as coffee shops, bookstores, small unique shops, etc.

  206. Aimee says:

    Wide, well-lit sidewalks along small, independent boutique stores for all budgets. A handicap-friendly outdoor playground and useable greenspace with mature trees and a community vegetable garden. Outdoor artwork featuring local artists and interactive displays of local history. A public washroom. Sufficient places to lock up bikes and water dogs. Easy access to transit.

  207. jason k says:

    Food Carts and bookstores. Bring Main to the BBY

  208. Mary says:

    I would love to see outdoor live concerts or movies!

  209. Martha says:

    a great market!

  210. Michelle W says:

    Security staff 24 hours per day active in patrolling all areas

  211. lisa says:

    some green space would be nice

  212. Ceci says:

    organic markets, unique cafes/coffee shops, lots of green landscape!

  213. chrissy says:

    Food vendors!

  214. Gary says:

    Car-free cobblestone streets. A bike line would also be nice.

  215. Jennifer says:

    Wide, pedestrian friendly sidewalks.

  216. Caitlin says:

    I think a market would be really cool with independent stores and a nice cafe with a patio.

  217. E. Tang says:

    A coffee shop that’s not Starbucks. Also, wall murals or art installations would be nice to have.

  218. Sherry F says:

    outdoor seating for a non starbucks coffee shop so you can watch all the interesting people go by

  219. janice montroy says:

    a fabulous Bakery

  220. vincent says:

    A nice place to chill with friends outdoors. Round benches.

  221. Adam says:

    a great street would have a hands on sports centre with places to meet and do healthy activities: climbing wall, treadmills etc.

  222. Lyn says:

    a photo cubicle where you can sit and have 4 photos taken for a few dollars.
    I’d like it to be non-profit and so the $$$ made from the photos goes to helping people with mental illness have social programs.

  223. Mike says:

    I think it’s important to support co=operatives, non- profits, who do valuable community services work. I would like to see people helping people. Free “legal services booth” sponsored by UBC legal program &/or “job centre” with help for people who need training to get jobs which pay more than the poverty line salaries. Let’s promote jobs with so people can have enough money to live.

  224. Leah Pirani says:

    Green space!

  225. Manuel says:

    Green space with park benches, lined with trees, a wide bike path. Like the Central Valley Greenway.

  226. Jen G says:

    I’d love to see a few more boutiques and small businesses. It’s nice to support small businesses instead of large chain stores which are so popular these days.

  227. rino says:

    Green space!

  228. tania says:

    organic markets

  229. Vince says:

    Local produce and fair trade coffee houses!

  230. Deidre says:

    no chain stores – just local businesses and community projects!

  231. Julia says:

    Green space and market space!

  232. Roger says:

    Space for Food carts!

  233. Free parking, garden, trees, place for a farmers market.

  234. Small coffee shops, cafe, park, free parking, benchs to sit on, cherry blossom trees, enough garbage cans but nice ones-black wrought iron, free wifi.

  235. Sarah N says:

    A sunny spot to sit and watch the world go by!

  236. Tiffany says:

    A specialty/organic grocery store, with healthy organic baking too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  237. says:

    Low commercial rents so mom & pop shops can afford to do business there. And a hardware store. Every neighbourhood needs one.

  238. ho says:

    Small boutique shops

  239. conny says:

    green trees, planters, benches to sit and wide sidewalks, lots of places to sit outside eg outdoor cafes, possibly a public market, local stores that sell organic produce and maybe BC food and wine products like the store they have on granville island.

  240. Taigi says:

    Bakery, and a solid cafe where people can relax, preferably with some outdoor parkland that hopefully would be cared for by everyone rather then having to have the city pay for clean up. A Farmers market during the course of the year.

  241. Alex says:

    an old school type candy store.

  242. robyn says:

    local not chain restaurants would be great. Lots of places to get take away food, coffee and nice bistros.

  243. Serena JM says:

    I’d like to see a commuter hub for cyclists that includes a secure bike parking lot, tune-up facility, showers and gathering place. A great way to encourage green transportation in the suburbs.

  244. Yoshiko says:

    Gourmet food carts (trucks) like downtown! (ยดโ–ฝ๏ฝ€ใƒŽ~โ˜…

  245. Megan Gray says:

    Lots of greenery & local stores, non-chain coffee shops!

  246. Tammy says:

    There should be local stores, vegan stores, bakery, cafe (not starbucks), park area, music store (instruments) different cultures of food. Buskers too!

  247. Emma says:

    Public space and greenery!

  248. Mel says:

    Cafes & restaurants with patios and open air art Galleries! Farmers markets are always great as well.

  249. Eileen says:

    Parks with walking trails

  250. Felipe says:

    Pedestrian only cobblestone street, beer patios and buskers.

  251. Ryan says:

    High quality street furniture and lighting. Intriguing public art. Wide sidewalks.

  252. Dana says:

    I think it should have a local coffee chain, like JJ Bean or Caffe Artigiano.

  253. Buddha Girl says:

    A pod for street food with picnic tables and covers.

  254. Emily says:

    Local boutiques! Offer a nice alternative to the shops in Metrotown while supporting local artists and vendors.

  255. Betty Di Biase says:

    Whole foods!!!

  256. Mia says:

    Musicians and Health food places!

  257. Kristie Marsden says:

    Mom and Pop stores and businesses like UniverCity at SFU. Support local businesses. Farmers Market too!

  258. I would love to see Pedestrian-only/car-free areas and live music.

  259. Tooth Fairy says:

    Green eco friendly areas with gardens and greenery and healthy shoppers choices too for those who wish to be going more Green!
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  260. Tina says:

    A great street includes a space for people to walk and lounge. Some local shops, restaurants and food carts along the streets.

  261. Sandra battle says:

    A bike shop rentals repairs and sales and public art.

  262. Siobhan says:

    A cafe with a patio would be lovely!

  263. Sandra battle says:

    A bike shop with rentals repairs and sales, and public art.

  264. Michael says:

    a large outdoor patio with benches, trees, food trucks, and entertainment

  265. Hong says:

    Local bakery or local farmer’s market ๐Ÿ™‚

  266. Cecilia says:

    Boutique, souvenir or gift shops are surely nice to visit

  267. Amanda says:

    Local shops and street vendors!

  268. Holy says:

    Lots of plants. A green touch is what everyone is looking for

  269. Ivy says:

    How about book stores?

  270. Laura says:

    I’d love to see lots of pedestrian walkways, seeing as it’s so close to the skytrain, and lots of outdoor (some covered, because it rains) seating.

  271. Gina G. says:

    Baked goods =)

  272. Darryl says:

    Independent retailers & stores featuring products made in Canada or at least North America to start bringing back the manufactuing industry.

  273. Sharon says:

    Would be awesome to see it car-free on the weekends, especially, Could even support a farmers market there ๐Ÿ™‚

  274. Stephanie C says:

    Mom and pop stores, few large franchise stores/restaurants. Love neat little diners and cafes w/outdoor patios! Arts and craft shops like in Graville Island.

  275. Shaelyn says:

    We need more places with patio’s!!

    I’d also *really* love some sort of dog bakery =)

  276. Breanne says:

    Lots of benches to sit and enjoy the views around me

  277. Daphne says:

    Car-free environment for pedestrians to stroll and shop to nearby local stores and restaurants.

  278. Michelle says:

    I would also like to see a street closure similar to Granville street where you could close off the area to cars. The. You could also have street vendors as well as shops. Kind of like a farmers market/village shopping set up!

  279. Mike L says:

    Bicycle friendly amenities.

  280. Greg says:

    A space for (free) community concerts.

  281. Duncan Stephen says:

    I would love to see an outdoor square suitable for gathering and maybe even local theatre/music performances.

  282. shelly says:

    public artwork!

  283. Bekki says:

    outdoor seating for warm days

  284. Kristina says:

    Would love to see local companies!

  285. Christina says:

    street vendors – affordable crafts and goodies!

  286. Connie says:

    would absolutely love to see more fine dining options. small eatries, bakeries, retail stores that support local businesses. outdoor spaces for when it’s nice out or good for an evening stroll. these seems to be what burnaby lacks. I live near this area and find it’s always fast food or asian food that is abundant. not many other options. a place with a granville island type feel would be nice. bringing food carts into the area would be cool too.

  287. Linda says:

    I would echo a lot of the comments here–it would be great if there were only independent small businesses here, like some cafes/coffee shops, a good bakery (with quality breads and pastries matching Terra Breads) and a local fresh produce store (something like Donald’s Market). It should be geared towards the locals and offer a place for the local community converge. The Mall doesn’t offer locals many opportunities for forging a sense of community within the Metrotown neighbourhood.

  288. Anne Taylor says:

    a combo of fresh produce stands, small butchers, organic bakeries, bistros, a speakers corner, small playground, craft stalls (jams, honey, soaps etc.)

    nancyrobster at gmail dot com

  289. Marianne says:

    small shopping outlets!

  290. Ro says:

    Farmer’s market!

  291. Steph :) says:

    An afternoon tea place! There isn’t one in Burnaby as far as I know.

  292. Debbie F says:

    Rest areas.

  293. Gail says:

    Make room for a Farmer’s Market!

  294. Bonnie says:

    A good bookstore and a nice patio cafe would be a must on a Great Street.

  295. shelaine says:

    patio restaurants!

  296. Dianne Chow says:

    Every great street begs for a French bakery with great coffee and pastries

  297. Puck says:

    Parks and green space alongside retail. Definitely!

  298. Iz says:

    Outdoor spaces where events like concerts can be held at!

  299. Brittany says:

    A vote a bakery !

  300. Kate says:

    I would love to see a bakery, independant coffee shops and a nice pub to hang out in.

  301. Karen says:

    Sculptures from local artists.

  302. jason tokaryk says:

    A bakery\bistro,lots of little boutique style shops

  303. Lynn says:

    Kind of different, but a capsule hotel would be really cool- they have it in Japan for people to have a place where they can have a short nap or rest area during the day ๐Ÿ˜›

  304. Courtney says:

    I would like to see local music artists incorporated somehow!

  305. Emily H says:

    I think a farmer’s market would be awesome!

  306. CG says:

    Would love to see a dog-friendly patio/terrace for a place where we can enjoy a coffee or an ice cream and not have to leave the dogs in the car!

  307. Albie says:

    Great idea, a place for people walk outside.

  308. Lesley says:

    It would be great to see this street be the equivalent of downtown’s Granville Street!

  309. Alex says:

    Less cars and pedestrian only areas

  310. Lai says:

    Street vendors definitely. Instead of just being in downtown Vancouver, burnaby should have an area w it too

  311. Mary says:

    street cars, that would be cool

  312. Katy says:

    Sounds great! Must investigate… Like the streetcars idea

  313. Lindsay Noyes says:

    Pedestrian only areas and street vendors

  314. Gina says:

    Street vendors would be a great idea

  315. Priscilla says:

    Would love to see Trader Joes!

  316. Lumen photo says:

    A good place to shop on Mondays ~ how about an outdoor performance venue?

  317. Vicky says:

    Local farmer’s Market, fresh fruit, veggies and crafts, love those

  318. Andrew says:

    I would love to see lights in every tree.

  319. Evan says:

    Free parking in the region would be very beneficial given how busy & popular the region is โˆš

  320. Dee says:

    Independent and multicultural restaurants!

  321. Nomfundo says:

    I would like to see more local designer and or shops

  322. Bel says:

    I would like to see cool restaurants and independent retail stores that are not franchised.

  323. Pepper says:

    Various garbage containers painted by local artists!

  324. Lindsey says:

    Food carts and local shops!

  325. Ray says:

    Local boutique style shops especially food places too.

  326. Teresa K says:


  327. Jeremy says:

    would love to see it become the foodie destination for the city of Burnaby!

  328. Ellis L says:

    A great coffeeshop with fantastic chocolates and patisserie – i.e. mashup of Nelson Seagull + Beta5 + Thomas Haas

  329. Wesley says:

    Open air, pedestrian mainly areas !

  330. Rhea says:

    Cafes with outdoor seating, pedestrian only areas, water fountain with seating around for people to relax, play area for the kids

  331. Lexia says:

    I would love to see my idea come to life, for the longest time now I’ve been thinking of a way to help out the low income/ everyday people in Vancouver/Burnaby with a community garden, now this is NOT your average garden. I am hoping to put these gardens in the round abouts used to slow traffic… I think if these round abouts had pretty flowers and veggies for people to pick the hunger problem could possibly decrease here in the lowermainland… if you could help me get this started that would be GREAT!!

  332. Tracy says:

    A nice little dog-friendly cafe!

  333. Archana Aggarwal says:

    A fancy tea place where you can go for high tea!

  334. Jessica says:

    A beautiful tea and pastry shop for those sunny summer days!

  335. Andrew says:

    For a “Great Street”, I would like to see people and activity. A green place for family, kids, and friends to hang out. There should be some shops and restaurants. Food carts on the street would be a great idea too.

  336. Nikki says:

    To me, a new mom, a great street needs to accommodate everyone. I love the idea of integrating all modes of travellers and access to amenities and stores, but too often you go places with your stroller and it feels like an obstacle course. It would be awesome to have enough space that we can all enjoy the new amenities without getting in each other’s way. (And this is in support of wheelchair-bound folks as well!)

  337. Noel says:

    Would be great for Shopping!

  338. Tiffany says:

    It would be nice to have supermarkets, recreational centres or fast food/ fancy restaurants there!

  339. Jo Dunlop says:

    Local atists and artisan shop. Culture Culture

  340. Shamus Cromarty says:

    Great little bakery and good coffee shop.

  341. Nicola says:

    It would be great to have a european inspired plaza where cafe’s and restaurants can have areas on the street, public benches placed around, an area for an out door market, busker areas and ofcourse some kind of water and garden feature. I love the idea of a rose garden as these have the most wonderful smells and is a pleasant place to come and sit and think (wheelchair accessible ofcourse). Something to make this a community space aswell as a shopping space. Ofcourse this would mean it would have to be a pedestrian zone.

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