Nelson Street from Bidwell Street, in Vancouver's West End. (Photo: Hendrik Slegtenhorst)

Indifference in Spring

Nelson Street from Bidwell. West End, Vancouver. I had been at the firehall a few blocks further south to inquire how best to obtain images of the fire trucks for the cover of one of my four books on municipal government that I have in pre-publication, probably for release by the end of August. One…

Vancouver’s Pit of Misery – the Downtown Eastside

Several days ago I was again in that pit of misery that is known as Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The reason, of all things, was to attend a chamber music concert of Mozart and Prokofiev at the Carnegie Centre, the former library of long ago, and, at one time, the home of the Museum of Vancouver,…

Gastown – Vancouver’s Oldest District

The original townsite, after the 1886 fire. Many of the buildings date from the last decade of the 19th and the early decades of the 20th century. The district was the downtown core of the city until the Great Depression of the 1930s. Now an area of shops and restaurants, as well as, slowly if…

The junction of Cambie Street and SW Marine Drive. Initial development phase. (Courtesy: pcl-group.com)

Developer Greed in Vancouver

I took a look once again at what’s happening along Cambie Street, the section which runs, approximately, from False Creek to the Fraser River. The acceleration of construction is feverish. And I do mean sick. The city’s plan for the 45 blocks in the “transportation corridor,” which has an LRT station about every dozen (very…