We’re looking west on Pender towards Main and these guys are working on the new decorative sidewalks in Chinatown.

Pender & Columbia, Chinatown, Vancouver

Looking north on Columbia Street in the early 1980s. Con’s now has an extra storey on top and the Ho Ho restaurant sign, long gone, is just visible on the right. The new sidewalks, part of the beautification scheme have been laid but the overhead wires are still in place, and the Ginkgo trees have yet to be planted.

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The well used board at the Ovaltine Cafe.


Here’s the entrance to the Massey Tunnel soon after its official opening by the Queen.



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A simple but effective transformation in the urban environment. Here’s London’s Southwark Bridge under lit by a changing array of LEDs. Other bridges and overpasses throughout the city have been transformed by lighting interventions that can and do change the perception of a space that once screamed dark and dangerous.

Sometimes it’s not the quantity of light but the quality of light.

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This is an LED sidewalk on Tooley Street near London Bridge Station.

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One of my favourite pieces of old advertising is found on this house at the end of a small Georgian terrace at Hackney Road and Treadway Street in London which became the home of John Tann Ltd. in 1814. The sign was done in about 1890.

Like many Georgian houses built on what would become busy roads, this was converted to commercial use. Apart from the wonderful wall sign, there’s a fragment of painted advertisement ‘to all responsible persons’ and a clock from its former business life.

The house is under renovation and presumably the picturesque decay will be tidied up, which would be too bad.

There’s a good history of the long-lived firm here.

P1040111What a great day at Ming Sun. Everyone came together to support the Ming Sun Society today and help recreate the 1975 family photograph. It’s the start of a Bright Future for the building.

Look for the official photograph shortly.

For more information:


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In 1975, members of the Ming Sun Benevolent Society gathered outside
their building at 439 Powell Street for a 50th anniversary celebration.

Dear family, friends and supporters,

Friends of 439 invites you to celebrate new beginnings and the Year of the Horse by joining us, along with members of the Ming Sun Benevolent Society, in re-creating the above photograph. We will take a multi-community, multi-generational photo to honour the building’s 125 years of history, the families and communities connected to it, and those who have come together from all walks of life to support its restoration. All are welcome. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014
Gather at 12:30pm, photograph will be taken at 1:00pm.

In front of the Ming Sun-Uchida Building, 439 Powell Street, 
(across from Oppenheimer Park).

Other ways you can help: We need your financial support. To donate to the ongoing restoration efforts, sign our petition, and for more info:


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Here are a couple of photos way back in 2005 when we were able to explore the Post Office tunnel that runs from Dunsmuir to Cordova Street.


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