After leaving the event, I walked with my friend to his car and you could feel the anxiety in the city. Streets were quiet save for the solemn smokers outside restaurants and pubs waiting for the game to restart. As we got to his car, the city, all at once, errupted in screaming. The Canucks had won the series and the city was about to collectively celebrate this victory.
A crescendo of car horns, shrieks of joy, and other noise makers filled the air.
There are very few times when an entire city (seemingly) syncs together. It was as if time and space had condensed and we had all been at Rogers Arena for the game. But where do we go to celebrate? To the streets, of course. The streets filled with people and were completely transformed into a sea of revelry. Granville street was the centre of the action in Vancouver.
For me, it emphasized how important our streets are in serving as this great and neccessary, but often overlooked, public space. To tie this into Bartholemew's plans for Vancouver, streets were seen as corridors to travel through efficiently and effectively. Today, we still think similarly and rarely do we create streets that do anything but. Instead, it takes a hockey win for us to take back the streets.
Granville was redesigned prior to the 2010 Olympic Games and during the Games was a pedestrian plaza that was asea of people. People got used to this fact but after the games, buses returned to the street, and Translink had to remind people that the street was for vehicles (with hideous stickers on the street).