Monthly Archives: January 2009

Work’s Begun on Water-Cordova

They have started the work on the Water to Cordova link, machines are tearing up the sidewalk, dumptrucks parked on the other side of the street and the low hum of machinery fills the air from early morning on each day now.
I know this has to be done before the tourist season begins, and there is a bit of disruption as delivery trucks have a more difficult time now. Even normal traffic, narrowed to one one-way lane, is affected, but in the long run it will be better for us. More trees, wider spaces, bike lanes.
I pity the poor merchants and owners on that street as the disruption is enough to cause loss of business. After enduring the closures, hoardings etc. of the Terminus construction, moving the Irish Heather across the street, now this. Still, I’m glad this is going ahead, I’d have been very disappointed if the whole project had been stopped for lack of funds etc.

Talks at the Opening of Pennsylvania Hotel

Speakers included: Liz Evans, Executive Director of Portland Hotel Society, Hon. Rich Coleman, Minister of Housing and Social Services, Tom Siems, CMHC, Mayor Gregor Robertson, Wayne Wright, Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation, Peter Webb, Concord Pacific Group, Earl Crowe, Pennsylvania Hotel Resident. Blessing song from Dalannah Gail Bowen.

Pennsylvania Hotel Opening

At the opening of the Pennsylvania Hotel this morning, I took some quick videos of the event:

Portland Hotel Society opened the Pennsylvania Hotel today with a pancake breakfast, gospel choir, speeches and official sign-lighting. Spot the local activists, developers, and politicians in the crowd. Opening of the Pennsylvania Hotel for housing in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. 412 Carrall Street.

The historic neon sign lights up

New Year 2009

We’re looking forward to 2009 and the upcoming opening of the block between Pender and Hastings along Carrall. It has been a long slog, and it looks like we won’t see much Greenway activity for a while. City budget changes listed the next area to be done to be Maple Tree Square, unless by some miracle the Hastings-Cordova section gets the green light after all. It will be years until the promised rows of trees and pedestrian/cyclist space is as planned. Meanwhile, kudos to the Pennsylvania Hotel, with the beautiful restored neon sign now gracing the Hastings side of the building.

Its been a cold few weeks with many of the homeless sleeping in the alcoves by the abandoned Ranier Hotel. And only a block away, up from the Feminist show at the ArtSpeak Gallery there were hipsters lined up to take advantage of a boxing day sale at one of the trendy shops.

It was good to see the Irish Heather was open for a pint on Christmas – nice, warm, hospitable. As I walked to Glory Foods to pick up a little milk this morning, I passed the Salty Tongue and saw Scott Hawthorne was getting a coffee, while artist Robert Chaplin stood waiting his turn.