Party all night in 2010?


The debate over twenty-four hour downtown events, restaurant and pub hours, and hours for other establishments is the topic of the day today on local media.

Allegedly based on feedback from the 2006 Torino Olympics expressing regrets over limiting their overnight festivities to only two days, Mayor Sam Sullivan has expressed interest in their suggestion to allow all-night celebrations in the downtown area during the 2010 games in Vancouver.

The good news? A great economic boon for the city, a lasting impression on visitors, and a chance to finally shed Vancouver’s “No Fun City” reputation (although how it can be convincingly applied to a city where people walk down the sidewalk with a lit joint is beyond me, but I guess there are different ways to measure everything).

The bad news? Concerns about the need for nighttime police and security, possible vandalism to downtown landmarks, and the likelihood that people living or staying near Granville or Robson streets will be regularly awoken by crowds of enthusiastic partygoers screaming, “Woooooooooooo!”

Given those concerns, I wonder if these people have been downtown lately? Seems to me there’s not much to lose, and the only way to go by having a huge party is positive.

But I’m sure I’m not the only one with an opinion.

What do you think?

3 Comments so far

  1. Mikey (unregistered) on July 14th, 2006 @ 2:57 pm

    I think this is an excellent idea. In fact, citizens should be pushing for a completely car and bus-free Granville street during the olympics. The possibilities for having a pedestrian street filled with buskers, street vendors, and public art sounds fantastic.

    And if the city one day comes to its senses, maybe Granville would remain car and bus free? Seems like public markets, restaurants, and patios on Granville would be far preferable to, say, this.

  2. Rebecca (unregistered) on July 14th, 2006 @ 9:57 pm

    These are supposed to be the “greenest” games, they have some good plans in the works [2010] – let’s see if they come to fruition. (I just heard another car crash outside my window ergh!) This makes the idea of a MORE Biking, walking, transit, patio-fun-times in the city sound great :)

  3. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on July 15th, 2006 @ 3:55 pm

    Let’s face it Granville is a disaster on the weekends anyway, anyone who lives there has gotten used to taking sleeping pills to get through the night.

    I’ve been awoke at odd hours on Georgia because of World Cup, Grey Cup style festivities so while I understand noise concerns I think for one week we can overlook them. It’s a once in a city’s history experiance, and I wouldn’t let a little beauty sleep come between us and going “Whoot” all night long.

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