Population Distribution in Grandview

When the suburb of Grandview was first surveyed and laid out for planning, the area within the core boundaries of Clark Drive (west), Hastings Street (north), Nanaimo Street (east), and Broadway (south) was divided into surveyors’ blocks, each with a unique legal designation. Grandview, at that time on the very edge of the new Vancouver, was made up of small urban blocks (north, west) and larger rural blocks (south, east), as follows:

The Grandview Database uses this structure for sorting, and it proves useful as a tool to visualise certain data geographically.  For example, the Database now includes a vast amount of data extracted from the 1921 Canada Census. Using this data within the block structure allows us to show how the total population of core Grandview — 10,380 persons counted — was distributed across the district.

In the weeks ahead, we will be publishing more of these maps using 1921 Census data. We hope you find them useful and of interest.   Your comments are always welcomed.

Grandview Database v.29

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

This version incorporates more than 2,000 new and amended data points since the previous release.

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. Along with the recent concentration on Commercial Drive, this also allows for the beginnings of detailed analysis of retail and other sociological trends across decades (see for example the preliminary work on house prices) . Over the next few months we will continue 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.