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Old Posted Nov 23, 2009, 11:07 PM
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high end retail does not bring 'life' to an area. just go to Leone's on hastings and tell me how busy it is.

i'm sure now that the rink is open, it'll be busy. a cafe would be nice though to grab a hot chocolate for the walk home...
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Old Posted Nov 23, 2009, 11:15 PM
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Some street vendors, I suppose. At the skating rink outside Rockefeller Center in NYC they have Hot Chocolate stands, pretzels, roasted nuts, etc.
At a minimum during the Christmas season, those types of offerings should be situate outside the front steps of the Art Gallery and wind their way around toward the skating rink. And then throw in some Christmas carolers.

And the City should install a massive Christmas Tree in the middle of the Art Gallery Plaza:

Voilà, instant magnetic gathering place!



The City seems to be too politically correct these days, unlike decades past when such Christmas decorations/festivities would have been the case.
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Old Posted Nov 23, 2009, 11:29 PM
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"And the City should install a massive Christmas Tree in the middle of the Art Gallery Plaza:"

a large christmas tree is installed every year at the art gallery actually. compliments of concert properties i believe.

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Old Posted Nov 23, 2009, 11:39 PM
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I do love that tree, but it would be nice to have some festive display near the new rink. A large tree and a few places for hot cocoa and roasted nuts and popcorn would do wonders for bringing people down to check out the scene.

It would also be nice if the city managed to roll the lift a bit further out of sight this season. I've yet to see a photo without it "lurking" on the side.

Lastly, yeah, I'd have to agree "Super, Natural British Columbia" was the best slogan.
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[QUOTE=Delirium;4574414]"And the City should install a massive Christmas Tree in the middle of the Art Gallery Plaza:"

a large christmas tree is installed every year at the art gallery actually. compliments of concert properties i believe.

Actually the tree is courtesy of Amacon and this year it is going up on the 8th. http://vancitybuzz.blogspot.com/2009...lery-tree.html
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Old Posted Nov 24, 2009, 12:34 AM
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Super Natural is still the best slogan. Beautiful BC is a classic. But Best Place was the alltime worst, so I'll swallow this new one.
Super, Natural was my favourite by far.
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Old Posted Nov 24, 2009, 2:13 AM
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and you can buy roasted nuts next to the pagoda if you dare go near them considering so many here seem to be afraid of them
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Old Posted Nov 24, 2009, 2:34 AM
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"And the City should install a massive Christmas Tree in the middle of the Art Gallery Plaza:"

a large christmas tree is installed every year at the art gallery actually. compliments of concert properties i believe.

photo by tripleman on fickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/tripleman/3134251860/
Sure is pretty! With some soft floodlighting on the front of the buiding, it would be magic.
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Old Posted Nov 24, 2009, 5:52 AM
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I kinda hope "You Gotta Be Here" isn't the new slogan. I can't imagine anything more generic. It sounds more like a slogan for a blowout sale at a mall than saying anything evocative about the Province. At least they didn't feel the need to be "hip" and say "U Gotta B Here."

"Best Place on Earth" may be a little pompous, but at least it makes a bold point. I think of mountains, the seashore, etc, etc. Personally, I'm still rather partial to "Beautiful British Columbia" - simple, confident, to the point.

"You Gotta Be Here" makes me think of a bunch of shoes in a half-off bin or balloons over a car dealership.
I always liked the Super Natural BC - catchy and a cleaver play on words.
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I took a lot of pics of the new GE Ice Plaza tonight:











You can get some hot chocolate there after all! Glad they put this in.














Still the usual break/whatever dancers there doing their thing
































Couldn't see a ton through the glass but at least there are no hedges in the way
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Old Posted Nov 24, 2009, 6:32 AM
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What a beauty....but it could've been so much more had the larger roof over Robson been built. The rink could have been bigger with that roof, and almost all of the plaza would have been protected from the elements.

Still, i look forward to skating there next month.



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Old Posted Nov 24, 2009, 6:41 AM
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I am impressed It looks great!
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Old Posted Nov 24, 2009, 7:05 AM
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I can't wait to skate on the ice there! Begin countdown 'till the end of school.
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Old Posted Nov 24, 2009, 7:14 AM
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Does anyone know how extensive the renovations inside the UBC Robson Square campus are?
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Old Posted Nov 24, 2009, 7:35 AM
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What about restaurants? High end retail?
I hate to be repetitive, but there would be so much more life down there if there were a connection to to the transit system (as was originally planned, 35 years ago)
They could probably still make that happen, no?
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Great concept - Flawed execution.

That rink should have been built to a minimum of international ice hockey measurements - or not at all.
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Old Posted Nov 24, 2009, 2:01 PM
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bitch bitch bitch. some people are never happy...
But thanks Raggedy13 for the great pics! you take night shots really well.

anyway, for something that's only open 3 months a year, this serves its purpose well and looks great. nice to see there's a cafe too.

oh wait. it's not international hockey sized and there's no Gucci store and no connection to Pacific Centre. Scratch what I said. This is a colossus failure

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Old Posted Nov 24, 2009, 4:33 PM
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Great concept - Flawed execution.

That rink should have been built to a minimum of international ice hockey measurements - or not at all.
Yeah... no. Why, may I ask, does it have to be built to "minimum [...] international ice hockey measurements?" I'll take this any day over "not at all..."
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Yeah! And why isn't it open year round!!! I wanna go skating in July!
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Old Posted Nov 24, 2009, 5:41 PM
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I always liked the Super Natural BC - catchy and a cleaver play on words.
My roomie at University had an aerial-view poster of Wreck Beach with everyone waving at the camera, with the caption "Super, au Naturale BC".

We still laugh remembering his moms reaction the first time she visited.
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