Originally Posted by quobobo
I'm curious, where did you hear that? I really, really hope you're right - Main Street itself is really unpleasant due to the traffic.
I sat in on a few Mount Pleasant Community Plan meetings and the later narrower scoped 2nd through 7th implementation meetings. The general tone from the locals was that Main 2nd through 7th was a hostile, dangerous street that needed to be fixed, and the City designers and engineers appeared to be in broad agreement.
In the short term as the area transitions from light industrial to mixed use residential and commercial I would not be surprised to see wider sidewalks, curb bulges and additional crosswalks. In the mid term, if the the "Streets for Everyone
" local community group advocating for bike lanes and safer streets on Commercial is successful I could see a similar sort of plan being floated for Main as well.
The problem is that this section of Main has two major traffic routes (Main and Kingsway) funnelling into one road. Unless other transportation alternatives appear (Vote Yes on the referendum everyone) it's going to be difficult for the city to justify slowing this street down and turning it into something more Commercial Drive-esque even if the locals want it and it makes sense.
There was apparently a plan on the shelf to possibly extend Kingsway through the empty block on the West side of Main at 7th through to Quebec, which is a dramatically better street for carrying traffic than Main (it's actually overbuilt, which is why the notion of tearing down the Viaducts is a reasonable option).
Though this plan may have diverted traffic away from Main, in the end it's fundamentally creating new roads for cars, which could encourage traffic, and it kind of goes against general Vancouver planning policies. The locals didn't like it and I'm pretty sure this plan is 100% dead and we're definitely going to see a building on that city owned parking lot property. Because the site is at the top of the hill and not touched by any view cone it will probably be one of the taller buildings in the neighbourhood. At least as tall as the community centre across the intersection but probably taller.