Vancouver then and now book
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Vancouver Then and Now
What Will You Read Next? Subscribe Subscribe by Email. Vancouver Then and Now juxtaposes seventy archival images of buildings and scenes with the same place as it is today, along with descriptive text for each photograph which includes historical and other details. The archival images are from a variety of periods, but most date from to Most of the contemporary photographs are taken by Karl Mondon, often providing dramatic depictions of the changes that have taken place. Kitsilano Beach. The book was published by Thunder Bay Press in California, and is part of a series of books on the same theme.
This is actually a re-shoot as the last time I did this particular then and now in Woodwards was still being built. And I posted the now photo on top. So here it is again, this time with the construction all finished. Notice how Cordova has been re-aligned since the old photo was taken. Wednesday, April 27, Houses of Chinatown's Past.
To live in Vancouver right now is to accommodate yourself to the slightly uncanny feeling that your future here depends less on anything you do than on the invisible hand of the global market. Or not so invisible: from the pretty west-side neighbourhoods where Teslas practically outnumber Toyotas, to the humbler precincts where a crappy bungalow will still set you back a million and a half dollars, just about every corner of Vancouver bears the imprint of global capital. The flood of foreign investment since the late s — mainly in the form of property speculation, first from nervous Hong Kong residents, pre-handover, and, much more intensively over the past few years, from newly prosperous China — has transformed the city. Nobel laureate Alice Munro, arriving in the s, found a sober provincial town that little resembled the shiny not-quite-metropolis of luxury condos and esoteric sports cars we know today. Some of that chilly perspective can be found in the beautiful and melancholy stories of The Love of a Good Woman and Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage She decamped to nearby Vancouver Island in the early 60s, on the cusp of a breakthrough in her writing just as the city was on the cusp of the countercultural era from which its popular image as an easygoing mecca of progressive politics and potent pot first took root.