Monthly Archives: November 2006

Late November on Carrall Street

It’s been a while since the last posting and this header image doesn’t at all reflect the cold, rainy Carrall Street of today. The trees have lost all their leaves, and everyone either rushes to get where they are going to, or else the street is very quiet. Hoardings are up over the old Spinning Wheel site, looks like construction is going on in there. At the corner of Pender and Carrall, Mirhab Antiques has opened a temporary store selling artifacts from India and carpets from Afghanistan. They will close again sometime in December, so that space will be empty again, I suppose.

When I started this Carrall Street Journal, I was either naive or idealistic or both. I had no commercial aspirations – you know how some people will find a very very niche topic and create a site on it, then become the only ones with that niche topic information. This drives advertisers to the niche site and it becomes a source of profit. I never did that with this journal, it was always just a volunteer neighbourhood blog. Then there was the commercial aspect of having all the businesses advertising in this journal. I didn’t take that route either: this is just an independent effort to shine a spotlight on an extraordinary Vancouver street, one that has the potential to bring a connection for the city as a whole. From the False Creek side of the city to the Coal Harbour seawall and around Stanley Park, the Carrall greenway path will connect Vancouver to itself. It also connects these other bikepaths to Maple Tree Square, the original heart of the city, and to the history that this whole area contains. In a way, I feel it can be quite poetic. In an “invisible cities” way, there are layers of meaning and life and history here that can be seen not only in the pathway from water to water that Carrall Street creates, but also in the changing times of Vancouver itself. Carrall Street is a very 21st Century project, and is sensitive as no other area of development has been to all the many stakeholders in the area. I can’t help but think of all the ghosts haunting the way, and all the spirits that were here long before Gassy Jack set up shop. How can this rather poetic view become a monetized niche-market blog? It won’t. I won’t set it up that way. So even if postings are few and far between, the Carrall Street Journal will remain as it is: a little independent blog that looks at the changes in one street of our city.