Human Scale Urbanism On The Drive

As mentioned in the minutes to the last meeting, GHG and GWAC are co-sponsoring one of this year’s Jane’s Walks (named for famed urbanist Jane Jacobs).

The walk along the Drive — with the theme Human Scale Urbanism — will be led by Lewis Villegas and Steve Bohus. Jak King will tag along to offer an historical and heritage perspective.

The walk begins at 1:00pm on Sunday May 8 and we will be gathering outside Bump n’Grind Cafe near Commercial & Venables.

More details can be found at the Jane’s Walk page.

Meeting Notes: April 2016

The GHG had another interesting and productive meeting last night with a fine turnout for a warm “early summer” night,

  • After introductions, Jak attempted to show a short video entitled “Living In Gunter’s World” which takes viewers through a short history of surveying measurements and how that has directly affected the shape and history of Vancouver.  Unfortunately, technical issues made the viewing impossible, but the link is included in this post and everyone is encouraged to view the 3 minute presentation.
  • There was a quick review of John Stuart’s interesting and successful industrial heritage walk.
  • The monthly Neighbourhood Update report covered a lot of ground including commercial property changes on Commercial Drive, and sales of properties on E. 7th, Venables, Semlin, Lakewood, William, Napier, and a number on Charles Street — all with typically high prices, and many seemingly slated for demolition and redevelopment.  It was noted that 2088 Charles is being retained by the new owners, using an HRA to include a small infill coach house. Further, work on restoring the Green House at 1985 Venables is moving ahead and should be completed this summer. It was agreed this was a far better use of funds than the Cultch’s original plan to demolish the heritage building and replace it with a modernist and inappropriate box-like structure.
  • We reviewed a number of upcoming Vancouver Heritage Foundation events and workshops, details of which can be found on their website.
  • John Aitken’s “Researching The History of a Building” workshop is part of the Heritage BC event at Granville Island (see 2c on the schedule). A half-day registration for the event is $70. We recommend Penny Street’s excellent seminar on the same topic, her on our website for free.
  • Maurice Guibord’s tour on “Grandview: Places of Worship” is on Saturday from 10am until noon.
  • It was agreed to sponsor a Jane’s Walk tour of the Drive on 8th May. Jak will contact Steve Bohus and Lewis Villagas who are interested in organizing the event.
  • The ongoing Heritage Vancouver series, “Shaping Vancouver” continues on 18th May with a discussion on “What’s So Special About The Drive“. Registration is required.
  • It was agreed that Jak will conduct a history/heritage walking tour of Commercial Drive on 11th June.  More details to follow,
  • Further walking tour ideas were briefly discussed, including the possibility of one focusing on the women of the neighbourhood,
  • We discussed the possibility of a 2016 version of our annual Centenary Signs program.  Maria and Donato have begun to collect potential houses. It was agreed that Penny and Maria will commence the task of collecting last year’s signs (for cleaning and refurbushment) and Penny will write letters of thanks to last year’s recipients.
  • To complete the evening, Michael gave a very interesting illustrated presentation on “The Curious Case of Shaughnessy Heights“. The presentation took us through the history of First Shaughnessy from before the CPR land grant to the 1970s and beyond. Michael noted the curiosity that the single-family nature of Shaughnessy was in its DNA — not to mention the various restrictive legislation and by-laws that have governed the district for good or ill.

Another interesting and full evening.

Next Meeting: 21st April

Time flies, and here we are again almost ready for another monthly meeting.  It is on Thursday 21st April at 7:00pm at the Britannia Boardroom, Napier Street.

This month’s agenda will include:

  • Our regular Changes in the Neighbourhood review;
  • An illustrated talk by Michael Kluckner on “The Curious Case of Shaughnessy Heights“;
  • A short video on how Vancouver is shaped the way it is;
  • A quick review of the Industrial Heritage Walk;
  • A discussion on Jane’s Walks for May;
  • Other walks this summer?

And who know’s what else may crop up?  Our agenda is always flexible.  Everyone is welcome to join us, and we look forward to seeing many of this Thursday!

Walking Tours

First, a reminder that GHG’s first walking tour of the year is this Sunday. It is a walk and talk through the older industrial section of Grandview north of Hastings. It begins and ends at Pandora Park.  Details can be found in this post.

In addition. the Vancouver Heritage Foundation is holding a tour of Grandview’s Places of Worship led by our good friend and colleague Maurice Guibord on Saturday 23rd April from 10:00am to noon. “Grandview is a vibrant neighbourhood dotted with a diverse array of places of worship. Some remain in their original use, some have changed hands while others are in transition … at least five different sites that are at various stages in their historical timeline. Explore the architecture of these historic buildings, and see how the evolution of religious buildings in this neighbourhood reflects the changing dynamic of the area.”  For this tour you need to register, and the cost is $15.

Hope to see many of you this Sunday!