I Love South Granville

As a native Vancouverite I have always loved South Granville. Officially it is part of FAIRVIEW, which stretches from the shores of False Creek all the way up to lower Shaughnessy.

Most of my homes in my 20's were 3 story walk ups in South Granville. The buildings were old but had large rooms with beautiful original hardwood flooring, lovely vintage tiling in the bathrooms and kitchens, undersized appliances, laundry in the basement and no elevators. But I loved them - especially the ones with no bedrooms (bachelor suites we called them). 

Shops and transportation was close and streets were and still are tree-lined.

Today we identify South Granville more as an upscale shopping area with art galleries, boutique home and clothing shops. However, it continues to be quaint with a variety of businesses, and outdoor seating, not yet dominated by condo towers with coffee shop chains on the street level.

On both sides of Granville, stretching a few blocks, are lots of housing types, with low rise condos and townhouses, a few newer condo towers and the odd house! It is quiet and walking/biking friendly.

South Granville has taken a bit of a hit with Covid 19 where small businesses have closed due to lock downs and less in person shopping. I hope in the future they can return and keep this lovely neighbourhood vibrant. 

I love living here!


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Michael Geller, a contributor to the Vancouver Courier re: real estate/housing issues, always has a clear and calm view of the situation.

Six False Creek affordable housing lots still empty after three decades: Vancouver Sun front page story March 10, 2018

While I didn't write this story, I feel partially responsible for it.
     During the recent debate about the forthcoming North-east False Creek development, much was made of the city's promise to include significant affordable housing. This prompted me to comment that this was a noble goal, but before getting too excited about these units, what about the 6 empty social housing parcels lying fallow along the North Shore of False Creek?
     I knew about these parcels because I was given a tour of them by Concord Pacific during the 2008 municipal election. Furthermore, I was involved as an expert witness in a lawsuit over them a few years ago. Following my comments, Lori Cuthbert contacted me. I happily put her in touch with Cameron Gray, who was the City's Housing Director, and while not directly involved in the acquisition of these sites, knew why they remained undeveloped.
     I told Lori that I thought it was outrageous that these sites remained undeveloped, not as a criticism of Concord Pacific, but rather of the city, province and feds who could have come up with a strategy to see these parcels developed with affordable housing, even in the absence of deep government subsidies. Enough said.

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