Main Street Appearance Project

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The Downtown Stakeholder's Forum is a place for anyone with a connection to downtown Vancouver to collaborate with residents, business owners and City and local agency staff on community-driven projects to enhance downtown Vancouver's atmosphere, community engagement, marketing and vitality. The forum was created through a partnership between Vancouver's Downtown Association and the City of Vancouver.

The forum meets every fourth Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. in Vancouver City Hall (415 W. Sixth St.). The meetings are open to the public.


In 2019, the Downtown Stakeholders Forum will work with City of Vancouver staff to coordinate improvements to the appearance of Main Street in downtown Vancouver between 5th and 15th streets.

This year's work builds on 2009 and 2015 studies that offered ideas to improve Main Street’s design and appearance. Copies of these studies can be found in the Document Library.

Main Street is downtown Vancouver’s historic street for retail, dining and other entertainment options. With all the new activity downtown and on the waterfront, the Downtown Stakeholders Forum is looking to make Main Street more attractive for visitors.

The group will review all existing litter receptacles, bike racks, streetlights, landscaping, sidewalks finishes and more for style, function and location. Your feedback will help us prioritize the implementation of these improvements.

For questions about this project, please contact John Collum in the City's Community and Economic Development Department at John.Collum@cityofvancouver.us.

For questions about the Downtown Stakeholders Forum, please contact Kirsten Hull at Kirsten.Hull@cityofvancouver.us.

The Downtown Stakeholder's Forum is a place for anyone with a connection to downtown Vancouver to collaborate with residents, business owners and City and local agency staff on community-driven projects to enhance downtown Vancouver's atmosphere, community engagement, marketing and vitality. The forum was created through a partnership between Vancouver's Downtown Association and the City of Vancouver.

The forum meets every fourth Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. in Vancouver City Hall (415 W. Sixth St.). The meetings are open to the public.


In 2019, the Downtown Stakeholders Forum will work with City of Vancouver staff to coordinate improvements to the appearance of Main Street in downtown Vancouver between 5th and 15th streets.

This year's work builds on 2009 and 2015 studies that offered ideas to improve Main Street’s design and appearance. Copies of these studies can be found in the Document Library.

Main Street is downtown Vancouver’s historic street for retail, dining and other entertainment options. With all the new activity downtown and on the waterfront, the Downtown Stakeholders Forum is looking to make Main Street more attractive for visitors.

The group will review all existing litter receptacles, bike racks, streetlights, landscaping, sidewalks finishes and more for style, function and location. Your feedback will help us prioritize the implementation of these improvements.

For questions about this project, please contact John Collum in the City's Community and Economic Development Department at John.Collum@cityofvancouver.us.

For questions about the Downtown Stakeholders Forum, please contact Kirsten Hull at Kirsten.Hull@cityofvancouver.us.

Tell your story

Share your experience on Main Street! 

If you could change one thing right now about Main Street (between 5th and 15th), What would it be? 

  • Sidewalks? Street furniture? 
  • Buildings? Store fronts?
  • Landscaping? Street trees? Planters?

Thank you for submitting your Main Street story!

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    Landscaping

    by B Clark, almost 3 years ago

    Landscaping with both street trees & planters that are maintained, adds to our City community pride. Thank you.

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    Prohibit all “A frame” type signs anywhere on public sidewalks.

    by Bob Higbie, almost 3 years ago

    Sidewalk advertising signs serve no public purpose, are not attractive to users of the street or sidewalk and often restrict the use of the sidewalk for its intended purpose, walking.....

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    Sidewalks.

    by Ginger Metcalf, almost 3 years ago

    Too many accidents of people falling/tripping over uneven surfaces on our sidewalks not to mention appearance of their condition. Three friends have broken wrists because of uncared for walking surfaces.

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    Safety and visibility are my first concern

    by Chicken, almost 3 years ago

    We spend a lot of time on Main Street due to living close by. We spend time walking, and driving in the area.

    My major concerns are the intersections of main and 13th and main and 12th. The visibility driving from Washington to Main on these streets is so bad, that it it is downright dangerous for drivers and pedestrians, especially when parking is full.

    My other major concern is the amount of trash, and homeless issues that take place on the alcoves of this street. It makes the area a lot less family friendly, as I don’t want to... Continue reading

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    accessibility, including parking, and landscape maintenance

    by Susan, almost 3 years ago

    My issue is accessibility. This includes accessible parking, no matter weather. Additionally, if landscaping is added, who is going to keep it up? I see plenty of landscaping around the city that looks even worse, since it is not kept up. Will the landscaping need minimal care? water? weeding?

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