The first thing you see when arriving in Downtown Vancouver from Waterfront Station:

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  1. Talk about some trashy news.

    I guess it goes without saying that there should be some sort of garbage/recycling container here instead of an empty news box. Does the news boy clean this out each morning before stocking it up?

  2. There used to be a garbage receptacle in this location, but it was removed or relocated. The newspaper stand does not get stocked with papers so people have found a more relevant use for it.

  3. This is a great example of design that doesn’t reflect how people use space. At the end of your morning commute, you already have a newspaper, breakfast, coffee, or other stuff to dispose of. Think desire lines across grass where people have worn a path. Same concept applies. A second problem with this set up may be restocking. The volume of people that pass that location may empty those newspaper dispensers. Once empty, all it takes is a few people to drop their garbage and many follow suit. Personally, I like the people who work at the newspaper stands, or if free is your preference the paper people who also give you a cheery good morning as they pass you the free paper.

  4. The City / CBS Decaux incstalled some of these, but individual newspaper boxes seem to litter the sidewalks. Never park next to a freestanding newspaper box, as they no longer have heavy concrete bases, and any drunk wandering past can tip one onto your car.

    There’s one of these multi-boxes at Seymour and Dunsmuir outside the Starbucks – it is perfectly placed, so that if you are driving, and sitting in the left turn lane on Seymour, it blocks (from seated driving height) all view of pedestrians approaching from the west or south.

  5. I know I’m not the only one who has noticed all the little garbage cans at bus stops have disappeared. Guess you are supposed to carry your garbage around with you. I mean, how much did they cost to maintain? Perhaps the mayor could use his discretionary fund.. Oh, wait, that’s taxpayer money, so our discretionary fund to reinstate those.