Arrow Lake From The Leland

April 30, 2012

“Arrow Lake From The Leland” (2008), TIFF print 32″ x 20″


How They Moved the Brandon Block

April 29, 2012

In 1913, the south part of Commercial Drive was being widened, and the new Brandon Block was in the way.  How did they move this huge building the seven feet they needed?  Read all about it at the Grandview Heritage Group website.

Grandview’s Historic Elms Win Recognition

April 26, 2012

The stretch of elms that runs along 6th Avenue in the nine-blocks between Woodland Drive and Nanaimo Street has been recognized by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation as one of the 125 Places That Matter, celebrating the city’s 125th anniversary.

We are told that the elms received the third largest number of votes out of the 125 spots, and that a number of plaques will be put up to recognize the importance of these trees to the community.

The group of community activists who worked hard to save these elms are to be congratulated and it is excellent news that they and their work are now to be recognized.


April 23, 2012

Vancouver City Council is keen to see even longer buses on Broadway.  I’m not opposed to that.  But to do that they need permission from the Province which controls the length of buses.  Why bother?  Instead, why not push for double-deckers?

These are within Provincial length guidelines and handle almost double the passengers for the same footprint.  I’m certain we could find electric versions and lifting the trolley wires hardly seems an insurmountable problem.

I’m all for it!

I’m Giving A Walking Tour

April 23, 2012

I will be conducting a two-hour guided walk along Commercial Drive from Venables Street to Second Avenue.  I’ll be identifying and discussing many of the heritage buildings along the route and relating stories of the people and businesses that occupied them.

Meet up on the southeast corner of Venables & Commercial at 9:45am Saturday 9th June 2012, rain or shine.

Please register by email to $10 contribution to the Grandview Heritage Group at the meet-up.

The Alvarado Block

April 22, 2012

To celebrate the 100th birthday of the Alvarado Block on the corner of Commercial & Graveley, I have written a brief article for the Grandview Heritage Group.  Take a look!

Here Come The Blossoms

April 20, 2012

Parker Street, looking east from Commercial Drive.

Please click on the image for a better view.