Category Archives: Heritage

The Vancouver Special Report of 1981

 I’ve spent a lot of time talking about the history of the Vancouver Special.  There’s an article on the evolution of the special here, and a whole section of my website devoted to the history of the special, here.  Today, … Continue reading

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Vancouver Especially, at 271 Union St.

“221A is a non-profit artist-run centre that presents exhibitions, talks, publications and special projects that explore the role of design in the shaping of contemporary societies.” Confession time:  I had never heard of 221A, an organization founded in 2005, and … Continue reading

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Debunking the Myth of Foreign Investors

Like many people, I receive a variety of Google alerts to my inbox every week. They range from tracking mentions of my name (I’ve learned that there’s a German producer and DJ who shares my name), to keep track of … Continue reading

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The Evolution of the Vancouver Special

I spend a lot of time talking about Vancouver Specials.  This is partly out of interest, but also partly because I truly feel there’s a lot to be learned about these homes.  Today, I want to talk about how the … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: The Dunsmuir Hotel

This great photo was captured by flickr photographer JMV.  Using a fisheye lens, he creates an interesting perspective of a downtown landmark, The Dunsmuir Hotel.  The Hotel was designed by Parr and Fee, and built in 1908; where it served … Continue reading

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Renovating in Vancouver: Countdown to the new Building Code!

 On January 1, 2015, a new building code will come into effect in Vancouver.  You can find it, in its entirety, here.  Yes, that’s over 300 pages of City legal language.  Perhaps not your version of bedtime reading; it’s not … Continue reading

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Top 7 Historical Photographs of Main Street, Vancouver

 This week I went looking through the Vancouver Public Library online records.  They have thousands of photos digitized, and extensively cataloged.  It’s so easy to get lost looking at photos of the city from a hundred years ago, and to … Continue reading

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Vancouver Photo of the Week – Marine Building Lobby

Flickr user Jasperdo took an adventure inside Vancouver’s historic Marine Building, and he took many beautiful pictures, including this shot of the intricate roof work and the lovely floor inlay.  Built in 1929, the building is an excellent example of the … Continue reading

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Stanley Park: An Historical Look at One of Vancouver’s Treasures

TripAdvisor, a popular travel website, ranks the top parks in the world annually.  This year, they have acknowledged what Vancouverites have known for many years; Stanley Park is the best park in the world.  You can see their post here, but … Continue reading

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Vancouver Photo of the Week – Vancouver Rail Yard

Old Town Rail Yards This colourful shot of train cars in Vancouver was taken by Terry Lawson.  While the skies are still a bit grey – the bright colours of the containers and the adjacent buildings brighten up the city … Continue reading

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