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The West End: Emergence of the commercial village

May 7, 2012

Clearly, David Banks finds historic photos as fascinating as I do.

He sent an image that reveals dramatically how certain residential streets in the West End – the ones the streetcars went down – transitioned to commercial when property owners built retail space in their front yards (no zoning back then!), incrementally creating the commercial villages we love today and that so well serve the residents from three blocks on either side:

North side of Davie between Thurlow and Bute (map here

As David notes: “One of the two houses west of the Davie Renovatory is still there, also with a business, likely the reason the house survives”

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. David permalink
    May 7, 2012 11:20 pm

    Storefront houses 1000 block Denman, 1928 and now

    http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/uploads/r/null/8/5/854281/4252ecbf-7b81-4c5f-99c1-d7b02f1d1061-A09806.jpg

    http://g.co/maps/3yhaq

    Glad you enjoyed Gordon… I should start a blog :)

  2. Guest permalink
    May 8, 2012 11:34 am

    Not a NIMBY in sight?
    Look at that billboard fronting the neighbour’s yard.

  3. August 23, 2012 7:08 pm

    One surviving house is home to Gurkha Kitchen—and it’s well worth checking out! http://tinyurl.com/d6shbql

  4. ShelleyC permalink
    September 18, 2012 1:12 pm

    Does anyone know what year the Davie Street photo at the top was taken?

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