Want To Work at The Bookstore?

March 5, 2021

The People’s Co-op Bookstore at 1391 Commercial is looking for a part-time bookstore clerk. They are looking for someone to work three days a week on a continuous basis.

If you are interested, send your resume to coopbks@telus.net.

Image: Tree House

March 5, 2021

In Memory of Rosa Luxemburg

March 5, 2021

150 years ago today, Rosa Luxemburg was born in Zamosc, Poland. As a writer, editor, economist, philosopher, and organizer, Luxemburg was an important force in the early Communist movements in Germany.

While still a schoolgirl in Poland in the 1880s, she organized a general strike and was a member of the Proletarian Party. After fleeing to Switzerland to escape arrest, she studied at the University of Zurich where she was awarded a Doctorate of Law. After moving to Germany she co-founded the anti-war Spartacus League.

She opposed both Leninism and moderate social democracy, and was murdered by the proto-fascists after the Spartacist uprising of 1919.

Night Music: Ball and Chain

March 4, 2021

In Conversation with Scot Hein

March 4, 2021

This morning, CityHallWatch sponsored a 70 minute conversation between Scot Hein and I about the past and future of the Grandview Woodland Community Plan. Scot Hein is an adjunct professor in the master of urban design program at University of British Columbia. He was previously the senior urban designer with the City of Vancouver.

The conversation can be found at CHW’s YouTube Channel (https://youtu.be/jDfr1B04WUk)

We covered a great deal of ground in our talk and I hope others will find it of value.

Grandview Launches the Slow Zone

March 3, 2021

As of today, roads in the section of Grandview bounded by Clark Drive, Grandview Highway, Commercial Drive, and First Avenue have a new speed limit of just 30 km/h, down from the city default on local streets of 50 km/h. This is a trial for what many hope will become a more widespread change in traffic habits in Vancouver.

As the City’s press release states: “Slower motor vehicle speeds dramatically improve safety for people walking and cycling. According to studies completed by the World Health Organization, higher speeds equal higher probability of fatality. For example, when a vehicle hits a pedestrian at 30 km/h the probability of fatality is 15%. The probability of a fatality increases to 50% when the speed is 50 km/h.”

In July 2020, Council approved the creation of the slow zone pilot within the Grandview Woodland neighbourhood. The area was identified by staff as the top-ranked neighbourhood based on: speed, collisions, vulnerable populations, and community amenities (we have so few of these last listed, I’m guessing).

I am all for this. I hope the trial is deemed a success and the slow zone is extended throughout the non-arterial streets in our neighbourhood.

Image: Greenspace #4

March 3, 2021

Planning Failures All Over

March 2, 2021

Regular readers will know that I am no fan of the City of Vancouver’s Planning Department and their so-called Community Plans in particular. There are literally hundreds of pages of complaints in this blog and I wrote a book about the whole experience. But Grandview was/is not alone in suffering under this and the last regime.

The West End’s Community Plan was approved more than a year before ours and so they have been in the implementation phase for almost a decade. There is a long article in the West End Journal blog detailing the shortcomings of their Plan’s implementation. It is well worth the read.

Night Music: Femme Fatale

March 2, 2021


March 2, 2021

Last night there was an excellent attendance at the ZOOMed Grandview Woodland Area Council AGM.

I gave a presentation on the GW Community Plan, which seemed to be well received, and there was a good level of discussion about what GWAC should be doing over the coming twelve months.

Nine Directors were acclaimed for the 2021/22 year, including three who were not on the Board last year. The turnout for the meeting, and the level of debate that went on, augurs well for the organization.

I urge all residents of Grandview Woodland who are interested in the future of our neighbourhood to at least get yourself on the GWAC mailing list and, if possible, to attend — online — their monthly meetings. You will learn much and I am sure many of you have valuable experience to contribute.

Wise Words

March 1, 2021

Image: Dream

March 1, 2021

Poem: Birth

March 1, 2021



We begin our passage

by passing

through a passage,

the passing through of which

seems like a lifetime

to both passenger

and bearer


Happy St. David’s Day!

March 1, 2021

urban daffodils

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and

the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and

winter in the shade.” — Charles Dickens

Sex On Fire

February 28, 2021

Changes On The Drive #115

February 27, 2021

I did the walk on Saturday, the last of the sunny Spring days for a while I suspect. I am glad to say the Drive was really busy, with most of the patios full for lunch. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make up for no new openings and two new large closures.

The biggest new closure of the month (by size at least) is the closing of the BCC Ethical Financing company in the storefront at 1848 Commercial. It seems that the upstairs offices of Terra Housing are also closed.

The Bench Bakehouse at 1641 Commercial (inside the mall) has been advertizing for an experienced operations manager.

The former Libra Room at 1608 Commercial is still but a distant memory, but I understand the double-front is being renovated for a new place; perhaps a Greek restaurant? During the work, the new owners uncovered a sign for the Windows Bakery that closed at that site in 1950. I hope they find some way to use that sign in their new display.

The Ugly Dumpling at 1590 Commercial is featured in a spread about take out foods. They recommend the omakase.

Image: Scout magazine

The storefront at 1507 Commercial is still vacant but the new canopy suggests it is going to be yet another cell phone shop.

Livia at 1399 Commercial is good at drawing crowds and attracting media. The bread baker there is Sabine Thorson, and she gets a good feature in Scout magazine this month.

The other big upcoming closure is of the Arcane Tattoo and Piercing shop at 1115 Commercial. They have been on the Drive for about eight years but their sign says they are moving to Gastown.

I still haven’t called Penelope’s at 1009 vacant, but it has been closed now for a very long time.

Vacancies on the Drive this month: 

2283 Commercial (3 months vacant), 2277 (20 months), 2223 (24 months), 2111 (10 months), 2057 (3 months), 1848 (1 month), 1816 (10 months), 1752 (13 months), 1748 (7 months), 1740 (19 months), 1733 (5 months), 1728 (11 months), 1678 (6 months), 1608 (14 months), 1503 (3 months), 1305 (11 months), 1303 (5 months), 1301 (4 months), 1206 (5 months), 1003 (12 months), 935 (13 months), 931 (8 months), 902 (5 months).

Previous Changes On The Drive editions.

Image: Snowtree

February 27, 2021

Night Music: Learning To Fly

February 26, 2021

Image: Curved Bench

February 25, 2021

Night Music: Jungle

February 24, 2021