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Old Posted Sep 29, 2011, 6:21 AM
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I've always been told that Pacific Blvd was deliberately built very wide so that there was room for a streetcar line in the middle.
Maybe. But I found my source where I read why it built wide. It was the first newly built object on the Expo lands and was supposed to be a "much needed scenic short cut through the pre-Expo railyard wasteland" and was built as a 4 to 6 lane "would-be speedway".
Source: City Making in Paradise by Mike Harcourt & Ken Cameron. Quite a fascinating read, actually.
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Old Posted Sep 29, 2011, 1:51 PM
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February 7, 1966. Downtown Vancouver at dusk, looking east. Photographed from the BC Hydro Building roof for TV News. (CBC/Alvin Armstrong)


pic from http://www.cbc.ca/photos/galleries/1...b_enlarged.jpg



February 7, 1966. Downtown Vancouver at dusk, looking north. Photographed from the BC Hydro Building roof for TV News. (CBC/Alvin Armstrong)



pic from http://www.cbc.ca/photos/galleries/1...b_enlarged.jpg





of note in the pics .... NO law courts ...... ORIGINAL VIADUCT! .... and Bentall 1 under construction and look at all those surface lots!
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The midrise centre left in that last shot - is it still there or demolished for Sutton Place? The road its on was, I think, diverted to connect to Smithe.

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Maybe. But I found my source where I read why it built wide. It was the first newly built object on the Expo lands and was supposed to be a "much needed scenic short cut through the pre-Expo railyard wasteland" and was built as a 4 to 6 lane "would-be speedway".
Source: City Making in Paradise by Mike Harcourt & Ken Cameron. Quite a fascinating read, actually.
i.e. a modified version of the perimeter expressway proposed in the 60s or 70s (which some at City Hall (like the viaducts)) have a continuing dislike for (hence the "taming" wioth the "multi-way" concept , bike lanes and future streetcar narrowing the overall RoW).
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Anyone know what all those buildings are near what is now the museum? It's all park now (south of Burrard bridge). Looks like government buildings of some sort.
According to Wikipedia's entry on Vanier Park, it was RCAF Number 7 Supply Depot,
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According to Wikipedia's entry on Vanier Park, it was RCAF Number 7 Supply Depot,
Thanks. Not very exciting.
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Old Posted Oct 9, 2011, 6:21 AM
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this is a cool shot - can't post it but here is a link

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottfr.../faves-lacer_/
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Rex Theatre

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This suggests to me the theatre's facade was scraped off, back to the bare steel & concrete or bricks, then the blue panelling added to dress up the front of the building to 'modernize it'.
From the inside upstairs behind the blue (originally yellow) steel panels there's a concrete block wall set into a "new" set of concrete colums which means the entire facade was removed. The Rex was a renovation of an earlier building dating from 1907.
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Here is some high quality film footage of the first ever Grey Cup Parade in Vancouver from 1955. It's replete with all good stuff from the 1950s, including funny hat-wearing "Elk Club" types, lovely baton twirlers and virginal beauty queens:

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Damn, that's a great find, Prometheus! So many interesting oddities in that footage.

P.S. I can't believe that 1991 is considered "historical"... I feel old now... thanks Dylan.
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Hastings and Carrall has changed a bit in the last 60 years.

Approximate location of the camera:
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Carral...222.87,,0,8.46
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I recall parking in this lot once with my family.

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^^^ wow what a shit hole!!

Its amazing how much change has happened in a relatively short period.
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The weird thing for me, living on the North Shore since 1988 and driving through coal harbour at least weekly, is that area seemed to change overnight. Basically the only thing I noticed was the "cube" building on Georgia and Broughton stopped having a great ocean view underneath it at some point.
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I recall parking in this lot once with my family.

Back until some time in the 90s, there was the great road along the waterfront there which was awesome for bypassing Georgia Street to the north shore during the evening rush hour.
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TD Tower under construction...

1974 Reno on Granville Street by glenalan54 on flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/westcoa...n/photostream/

Also 1974...

Royal Hudson #2860 exits the CPR Tunnel from False Creek. by R R Horne on flickr.com
http://www.flickr.com/photos/37908073@N04/4577698936/

Check out the locomotive in the skytrain tunnel!
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TD Tower under construction...

1974 Reno on Granville Street by glenalan54 on flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/westcoa...n/photostream/

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I was confused by the first photo, but then I realised the tower shown is actually the "IBM Tower". The TD Tower looks finished and occupied - its hiding behind IBM & peeking out to the right. The rest of Pacific Centre north of Georgia is still behind the hoarding - what we know today as H&M and Canaccord Tower.


How many times has the Granville Street Mall been ripped up & rebuilt?
This photo looks like the first rebuild to make it a transit & pedestrian mall.
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I was confused by the first photo, but then I realised the tower shown is actually the "IBM Tower". The TD Tower looks finished and occupied - its hiding behind IBM & peeking out to the right. The rest of Pacific Centre north of Georgia is still behind the hoarding - what we know today as H&M and Canaccord Tower.


How many times has the Granville Street Mall been ripped up & rebuilt?
This photo looks like the first rebuild to make it a transit & pedestrian mall.
Good call, I thought it was looking North...
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Good call, I thought it was looking North...
I just noticed the pediment of the art gallery too.
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Thanks for the explanation - I wasn't sure why you couldn't see the entire rotunda of Eatons in that shot.
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