Chinatown · History · urban design · Vancouver

The Neighbourhood That Saved Vancouver

Today, Vancouver is praised for its record of good planning and livability, but it wasn’t always so. In the 1950s planners and politicians saw the east side neighbourhoods as a threat to the well being of the city and they set out to wipe out the blight. From the 1957 redevelopment report: “…delay is expensive.… Continue reading The Neighbourhood That Saved Vancouver

History · urban design · Vancouver · walking tours

Special Event! We’re collaborating with Science World for an evening walk and movie.

For the last evening showing of the IMAX film Rocky Mountain Express we’re running the All Aboard tour again. August 29th – All Aboard! 2: The railway and industrial history of the eastern False Creek. False Creek was home to a number of railway companies including the Great Northern, Canadian National, and the Canadian Pacific. On… Continue reading Special Event! We’re collaborating with Science World for an evening walk and movie.

History · urban design · Vancouver

Strathcona’s Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church Needs Your Help

“The majestic and ornate interior of our church has been lovingly maintained over many years by the members of our parish community, never asking for outside help. Presently, the outside of our church building, known by some as a neighborhood “onion domed jewel”, has come to a state of dire need. Given the constant changes… Continue reading Strathcona’s Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church Needs Your Help

History · Vancouver

Benny’s is a Place That Matters

On June 2, 2012 I had the pleasure and honour of being part of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s plaque presentation to Benny’s Italian Market. It was the heritage house tour weekend, Benny’s had tents and tables set up, the grill was turning out sausages, onions and red peppers, there was pasta too. Francesca Benedetti spoke… Continue reading Benny’s is a Place That Matters


Fountain Chapel Mystery Solved

I’ve been working on the write ups for the Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Places That Matter Plaque Program and stumbled across competing dates for the construction of the former Fountain Chapel. Depending on the source the church was either built in 1903 for the German Lutheran congregation or in 1908 for the Norwegian Lutherans. The City’s… Continue reading Fountain Chapel Mystery Solved

Chinatown · History · Vancouver

The Mary Chan Public Library

There is a movement to have the new library on East Hastings named in honor of local resident Mary Chan. Mary was instrumental in organizing the Strathcona Community against urban renewal and the freeway. Her daughter Shirley says “Mary worked hard to canvas community support for the Strathcona Community Centre and as a former teacher… Continue reading The Mary Chan Public Library