For the last three years, while — as this blog has reported — being heavily involved in community politics, in eating, and sleeping, and reading, and generally living life, I have managed in odd moments to keep working at my day job as an historian of East Vancouver.
In part, I have been researching and preparing another two books on the history of Grandview; these remain works in progress. However, as background to these projects, I have been developing a Database of Grandview properties, and a version of this has now been published on the Grandview Heritage website.
The database contains details on 5,000 buildings in Grandview, more than 1,100 of which no longer exist. It continues to grow daily and the hope is that, eventually, it will contain all the historical details of every structure that has been in the neighbourhood. I plan monthly updates.
For some, this will be a lot like reading a telephone directory, I suppose. But I hope that for those interested in our history it will be a valuable resource for many years to come.