12 January 2009
Love it or loathe it, Granville Street is a Vancouver original.
The downtown district for public intoxication, peep shows and post-pub pushing matches is quite the spectacle on a Friday evening — or a Saturday morning, for that matter.
But while Granville is a magnet for the young, the restless and the seekers of cheap pizza slices — it has yet to be universally embraced. Continue reading
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Due to popular demand, the trailer from the documentary Carts of Darkness, which follows the binners of North Vancouver as they ride down mountain roads in grocery carts and scour the streets for recyclables.
October 29, 2008
Richard Florida, the high-profile University of Toronto professor, recently spoke to a receptive crowd at a Vancouver Board of Trade cities conference.
Florida, author of the best-selling book The Rise of Creative Class, postulates that cities with more diversity and culture also enjoy more economic growth. Not surprisingly, Vancouver rates high in Florida’s research, given its cosmopolitan make-up and the growth of industries like software and film.
But it’s not enough for a place to cater exclusively to hip professionals, according to Florida. Cities like
Vancouver must also tap into the creativity of their trades and service workers — from plumbers to cab drivers to coffee shop baristas.
Gordon Price, director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University, took
Florida’s point one step further — saying that Vancouver should also tap into the creativity of a quite different class of workers: binners. Continue reading
Monday, March 31, 2008
Road trips to Seattle, Portland and other Pacific Northwest destinations have long been popular with British Columbians hankering for some fun and recreation south of the 49th parallel. But given the dreadfully long lineups at border crossings in the Lower Mainland, perhaps they’d be better off flying to Toronto or Montreal instead for that out-of-town weekend adventure.
After all, getting there by air might at least be faster than joining the queue of Washington-bound cars at the Peace Arch crossing on a typical Saturday morning.
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Monday, October 1, 2007
Load up on the dumplings, DVDs and designer knock-offs while you can. The Richmond night market closes out its 2007 season next Monday night. Vendors will be folding up their tables and turning off their grills until next year — if there is a next year, that is. Continue reading
Monday, August 27, 2007
You’ve got to love the Pacific National Exhibition, which got underway last weekend. The annual lineups at The Fair, as it’s known, prove that West Coasters have an enduring passion for old-fashioned, Coney Island-like fun.
There’s nothing quite like riding the wooden rollercoaster, or munching on candy apples or caramel corn under a starry, August sky.
Not surprisingly, the midway is overrun with kids — and the rest of us who refuse to grow up — night after glorious night.
If only locals could enjoy the rickety-rides, Elvis impersonators and cotton candy year-round.
But, beyond the fairgrounds, it’s not easy finding this kind of good times in uppity Lotus Land. And that’s a shame for all of us.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Vancouver is a great city with a pathetic bar scene.
Don’t take my word for it. Just ask those Canadians who took part in an opinion poll released last week by Angus Reid. In that survey, Vancouver ranked as the best to city to live or vacation in.
But for nightlife, those same respondents gave our West Coast metropolis a miserable zero per cent of the vote — behind even that well-known party city of Saskatoon.
And in an otherwise glowing travel article in the New York Times, writer Marc Weingarten proclaimed Vancouver’s clubs to be generic and disappointing.
Is the Vancouver bar scene really as ho-hum as Weingarten and other out-of-towners make it out to be?
For many Lower Mainlanders, the answer would be a resounding yes. Continue reading