Today is the 151st anniversary of the founding of Canada. It is also the 80th anniversary of the opening of the First Avenue Viaduct. We don’t often celebrate streets and other infrastructure; but the First Avenue Viaduct quite literally saved our neighbourhood from poverty and irrelevance.
By virtue of geographic location and City Hall indifference, Grandview and Commercial Drive had become a forgotten backwater of Vancouver. However, due to the incredible foresight and hard work of a number of worthy locals (plus the support of one of our strangest mayors), the First Avenue Viaduct was built and opened on July 1st 1938. It proved to be the lifeline we needed.
Please read the full story here.