Grandview Database v. 28

After a delay of some months due to technical issues, we have today uploaded a new and substantially updated version of the Grandview Database.  

This version incorporates more than 6,000 new and amended data points since the previous release

  • Grandview:  All Directory entries are now complete through 1918, entries from the 1921 Census are about 90% complete, and a generalised “Grandview” sweep through newspapers is complete through 1934;
  • Commercial Drive: Entries from the 1921 census are complete. Directory information for blocks 900-1300 is now complete through year 2000, for blocks 1400-2200 the Directory entries are now complete through 1924. A specific “Commercial Drive” newspaper sweep is complete through 1931, with significant additional material from 1936-1956.
  • New formatting has been adopted to help shape and define the information blocks.

Now that the 1921 census data entry has been completed, analysis of certain overall characteristics of Grandview in 1921 can begin to be ascertained — population densities, household sizes, the location, distribution and cost of residential rental space, for example.  The recent concentration on Commercial Drive allows for the beginnings of detailed analysis of retail and other sociological trends across decades. Over the next few months we hope to bring some of this work into the public forum.

We hope you find the Database of value, and we encourage and welcome corrections, and additions which should be sent to jakking@shaw.ca.

May GHG Meeting – Thursday, May 16th

Our next Grandview Heritage Group meeting is Thursday, May 16th.
We meet in the Britannia “Info Centre” Board Room at 7:00 p.m. and we’ll have our usual wide-ranging and open agenda, which this month will include:

  • Introductions
  • A mystery photo identified
  • Historical survey of Clark Park?
  • Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s planned Sept 28th Grandview tour update
  • Changes around the neighbourhood, including a demolition case study

Our agenda is flexible, and we are always happy to add items that you might want to discuss.
Everyone is welcome! Do come and join us!