Sunday, 16 June 2013

Vancouver Car Free Day: Main St


With over twenty blocks closed to traffic Main Street becomes a walker's paradise unless of course you don't like crowds. In an effort to reclaim public spaces, the City of Vancouver setup Car Free Day in numerous parts of the city.  With live music, great food and artisan markets there was lots to see and do.
Artwork in above picture by Liane McLaren Varnam.
Treasures/collectibles  Space Lab.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Vancouver's Hobbit House For Sale: Hobbits Not Included

Built in 1942  by developer Brenton Lea, one of Vancouver's two Hobbit Houses is up for sale.  For a mere $2.86 million this iconic home can be yours.  Known for it's cedar shingle thatched roof, the Hobbit House is located less than a block from Vancouver's rapid transit Canada Line.  It is located  in the middle of the Cambie Corridor,  a neighborhood in transition. Everywhere you look old houses are coming down to make way for higher density housing. Will the Hobbit House remain standing or be torn down?

Sunday, 26 May 2013

More H Frames

Whenever I am downtown I find the back lanes alive with bright colors and artistic flair. The H frames although on their way out continue to stand adding a certain character that can only be found in this area. 

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

The Blooming Flower Cart Vancouver

Located on Denman Street outside The WestEnd Community Centre, The Blooming Flower Cart helps to raise money for seniors, homeless people and those with mental illness.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Love Padlocks Burrard St Bridge Vancouver

"Love Locks" have started appearing on the Burrard Street Bridge in Vancouver. With the mountains in the background, Vancouver lovers have picked up on the European trend of declaring their love by writing their names/initials on a padlock, locking it to the bridge and then tossing the key into the water to symbolize  their undying love.
Rumor has it that the only way to break this seal of love brought about by the love lock act is to retrieve the key and unlock the padlock.  Not sure if you're then supposed to toss lock and key into the water. 
Will this trend take off in Vancouver the way it has in other cities around the world. The love locks will tell.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

deluxe Junk

Bright and colorful, how could one resist this tempting sign.
Deluxe Junk Co. located in Gastown offers a wide assortment of vintage and contemporary clothing and accessories.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Two Houses In Kitsilano

With so many houses being torn down in Vancouver, it's great to see that some are still being saved and restored.

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Marine Gateway Project : Hole In The Ground

Earlier in the year, hundreds of people camped out overnight in the hopes of purchasing one of the 415 units coming up for sale in the Marine Gateway development.  With prices starting at $262,900.00 and over 11,000 people registering it Sold Out within four hours. Located next to the Marine Drive Skytrain Station this development "features breathtaking panoramic water, mountain and city views" and will include a movie theater, supermarket, restaurants and residential units.

What seems to be left out in the coverage of this development is that it is located just blocks from Vancouver's Transfer Station. Only a block south on Kent Street it is not unusual to see cars lined up waiting to enter the Station and drop off  items for recycling, composting or trash. Trucks leave the station hauling loads of Vancouver garbage headed to one of the province's landfills.  On a hot, sunny day the smell of garbage can linger for hours if not days.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Fourth Church Of Christ Scientist Sells In Kerrisdale Vancouver

It's not often that you see a church for sale in the Lower Mainland.  This church located at W43rd and E Boulevard has been at this location since 1920  and went on the market in November, 2012. Going by it a few days ago I noticed the SOLD sign.  Listed at $5,998,000 the realtor described it as a "spectacular corner multi-family site in Kerrisdale...ideal for a mixed use building or retain the assembly use zoning in its current form"