Crumbling sidewalk outside Vancouver’s Canada Place part of larger problem: councillor

For more than three decades, Canada Place has been a key welcome mat for visitors to Vancouver — but now that mat is starting to crumble.

Outside the waterfront landmark where cruise ships dock and international conventions are regularly held, the sidewalk is in a state of disrepair, with pedestrians tripping on the cracks and rubble. There are even areas where water regularly pools.

The area is especially hazardous for people in wheelchairs.

“Last week alone I was spit out of my chair a couple of times, and landed on my butt,” a man who only identified himself as James told Global News, adding he’s seen the walk deteriorate over the past two years.

“It’s pretty dangerous. I’m surprised no one has gotten hurt.”

Vancouver Coun. Sarah Kirby-Yung says seeing the broken tiles and pieces of rubble strewn around the sidewalk was concerning, but not surprising.

“This isn’t an isolated incident,” she said. “We see a number of sidewalk issues across the city. I hear a lot about it from residents and visitors, and it’s a basic service from the city.”

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