Category: Vanishing Vancouver

Take the bus

May 2nd, 2022 — The city of Vancouver wants people to use public transit so Translink, the people responsible for public transit, are removing bus stops along the busiest routes in the city. Possibly they think if people have to walk farther to find a bus stop they will be more likely to appreciate the ride.

Vancouver specials

March 14th, 2022 — A block of Vancouver specials in the 2400 block of Galt Street shadowed, on a sunny day, by highrises on Kingsway. There was a time when Vancouver specials were the answer to Vancouver’s housing problem; now they are the problem.

Rental demolition

December 13th, 2021 — Older, affordable walkup rental apartments being demolished to make way for “Chloé, an elegant collection of 48 Parisienne-inspired homes at 47th Avenue and East Boulevard in Kerrisdale”. There’s no mention of price but if you have to ask you probably can’t afford one.

Movieland Arcade

November 3rd, 2021 — After 40 years on Granville Street, the Movieland pinball arcade has closed for good because of Covid. The sign, however, is for sale.

Is concrete green?

October 13th, 2021 — It’s curious that the two towers in the background of this picture at 1684 and 1668 Alberni Street are being considered for demolition and redevelopment — I assume because they are at the end of their life — while the two houses in the foreground aren’t. What is the life of a concrete tower; these two can’t be fifty years old? Does a city trying to be the greenest in the world consider demolishing buildings like these “green”?