Grandview Database v.11

We have today uploaded a new and updated version of the Grandview Database.  We have launched this version two days earlier than scheduled in order to ensure that the latest version is available for a “How To Research Your House” seminar at Britannia on Tuesday 28th February.

This version incorporates more than 570 new data points since the previous release.

This version also includes the start to a reformatting of dates. Dates in the database have previously been formatted as month-day-year; this is changing to year-month-day which allows for easier scanning of dates, especially for those entries that have considerable detail.

At the same time, I have reformatted the last column which contains all the historical material. Bullet points have been removed to allow more space for data in an otherwise constrained environment, and allows for a more comfortable scan down the years for those entries with a great deal of data.

There are many thousands of dates and data points in the database and so changing formats is a long and tedious business, only a fraction of which can be automated. The change has begun with this version and is about 60% complete. You will still find both formats represented for a while. As time passes, the older formats will be discontinued.

 

What Lakewood Drive Might Have Been

Lakewood Drive is a thoroughly lovely residential street today. But that is not how some residents wanted it to be.

“A petition signed by a large number of property-owners on Lakewood Drive is being presented to the B.C.E.R. [the streetcar company] for a carline on that thoroughfare, to parallel the Park [Commercial] Drive line and relieve much of the present heavy traffic. Lakewood Drive is a through street, is equi-distant between Park Drive and Nanaimo Street, and is admirably suited to become a business street according to the petitioners.”

This from the Vancouver Daily World on 11th April, 1911, page 16.

Meeting Notes from February

We had another well-attended and packed-with-news meeting on Thursday evening.

  • Character House Review

Javier Campos, president of Heritage Vancouver, gave a short presentation and initiated a dialogue about the City’s new Character House Review process. Javier is opposed to what he considers “extreme” heritage preservation rules which, he believes, is forcing the city to push the majority of new density onto arterials. He wants heritage preservation to be “flexible” and for heritage enthusiasts to accept change. He cited Shannon Mews as an “atrocious” example of what can happen.

He and Heritage Vancouver are opposed to the character review proposal, especially as it is neighbourhood-specific rather than city wide.  They believe that many neighbourhoods will be de-densified by the City’s proposals at the expense of other districts. It was noted that the Review applies to RT5 zones of which there are none in Grandview. Javier seemed opposed to the concept of RT zoning, noting that while some large houses have been saved by it, the “constraints” imposed by the zoning have been “terrible” for the development of most neighbourhoods.

It was noted that “character” does not infer “heritage” and that “heritage” does not equate necessarily to “character”. It was further noted that the west side of Vancouver does not enjoy duplex zoning in the same way that we do here in Grandview, and ot was suggested that such a change would be helpful.

There was a wide-ranging discussion. There will be an Urbanarium debate on this subject on March 8th, with Michael Kluckner and Javier on opposing sides.

  • Eric’s monthly Neighbourhood Update included discussions on:
    • the new report on the thousands of empty properties in Vancouver;
    • Brookhouse, where the asbestos shingling is being removed;
    • ongoing work at the old Bottle Depot on Victoria and William;
    • more land assemblies taking place in the south of the neighbourhood;
    • the now-closed Wonderbucks property on the Drive;
    • 1145 McLean, a house built by James Guinet in 1909 which, Eric noticed during reconstruction work, was balloon-framed, unusual for such a small house;
  • Coming Events:
    • There are a number of Heritage Foundation events that may be of interest;
    • The Friends of Vancouver Archives AGM is on 19th March with Aaron Chapman as guest speaker;
  • Heritage Evaluation:  Michael took us through the new evaluation criteria for the heritage registry which now takes cultural and social history into account. It is a “values-based” approach.
  • St. Francis of Assisi Development:  There was a brief discussion about the meeting held at SFA regarding their school development. There is no further news on this.
  • Donato’s House:  We confirmed that we will be installing a plaque for the oldest existing house in Grandview. Ther wording of the plaque is still to be finalised but we agreed it should be completed by next meeting.
  • Database Expansion:  Jak spoke briefly about the new entries to the Grandview Database.

Next Meeting: Thursday 16th February

Yes, it’s go to meeting time again!  We will met as usual at:

Britannia Boardroom, Napier Street at 7:00pm on Thursday 16th February 2017

The agenda is always open to suggestions from those at the meeting, but I am sure we will touch upon:

  • What’s happening in the neighbourhood;
  • City of Vancouver’s new Heritage Evaluation system,
  • St. Francis of Assisi development project;
  • Final edit on Donato’s plaque (oldest house in GV);
  • Developments in the GV database;
  • Early prep for No Car Day display

Plus lots more!   See you there!

Grandview Database v.10

We have today uploaded a new and updated version of the Grandview Database.

This version incorporates more than 750 additions and updates. Most of these additions have been taken from a review of newspapers from 1916 – 1924 and include different kinds of information than formerly. For example, more than 50 households had their contents auctioned (search: “auctioned off”), others were subject to robberies, and returning soldiers (search: “soldier” or “war”) are a feature. There are help wanted ads, work sought ads, births, marriages, deaths, even a divorce.

There are also significant additions to the details of retail and service companies both on Commercial Drive and elsewhere in Grandview.

With the inclusion of the 1000+ entries so far this year, the database is much livelier and more personalised than before.Some earlier errors on the 1700-block eastside of Commercial Drive and the 1700-block Venables have also been fixed.