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Old March 22nd, 2010, 03:52 AM   #41
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Some random stuff from SSP and google streetview...

With Vancouver's land prices, why this fenced-off patch of perfectly-mowed lawn with security cameras overlooking it? Montessori School in Yaletown is next door to the right, and this is the children's play yard.


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Vancouverizing the 1970's... The retail level in the podium of an office tower from back in the day, and the attempt to bring the street interface into the 21st century with the help of those ubiquitous glass awnings...

2009:


2010:

photo by Locked-in from SSP

Important to note that Kirin, one of the 2 decent Chinese seafood restaurants downtown, has survived the makeover, with a new entrance and signage.
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Old September 16th, 2010, 09:47 AM   #42
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A couple weeks ago, a larger than expected flood of wild sockeye salmon was arriving by the boatload at Steveston harbour in Richmond, a suburb of Vancouver. As expected of west-coast obsession with fresh seafood, it was a little busier than normal. Every other person in the crowds were carrying bags of fish/oysters/geoduck/younameit. It was actually a sunny day, hence all the asian women shielding their faces with objects, but the crappy phone pics made the sky all washed out.







sashimi-grade tuna for $5 a pound




In case the wharf collapsed under the weight of people. Fun fact: more search-and-rescue incidents happen in British Columbia than in all of Canada combined




i've never seen a man weilding a sun shield








traffic in the neighbourhood






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some new additions to the area


stuck in traffic on the way back to vancouver, trapped among thousands of cars packed full of sockeye
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Old September 17th, 2010, 02:38 AM   #43
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vancouver reminds me a lot of Auckland for some reason lol

looks like a cool city... is it cold like toronto?
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Old September 17th, 2010, 03:47 AM   #44
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I LOVE Vancouver. I went there for my birthday last year and didn't want to leave!
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Old September 17th, 2010, 04:41 AM   #45
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incredible city..so lovely
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Old September 17th, 2010, 10:55 AM   #46
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Those new photos are also very nice
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Old September 19th, 2010, 02:27 AM   #47
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vancouver reminds me a lot of Auckland for some reason lol

looks like a cool city... is it cold like toronto?
It's not as hot in the summer and not as cold in the winter, but warmer overall. At least warm enough to have palm trees year-round:


Or warm enough to grow large trees on top of buildings...


Apartments on Beach Ave


A few years ago, a resident of this building - an interior designer - had to give back $50,000 to the city/parks board after she was caught poisoning five trees across the street from her $2M apartment, in an attempt to get back the ocean view she once had, lol
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Old September 19th, 2010, 04:04 AM   #48
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no need to mislead people
sure vancouver is a lot milder than most of canada ,but
dont make anyone assume that van is subtropical or that warm in winter.
sure there are some types of palms able to survive in vancouver cuz it doesnt freeze as often but of course the more inland and away from the ocean u go it gets a lot colder

btw i was also born n raised west side van city :P
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Old September 19th, 2010, 04:07 AM   #49
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van city usually has warm dry summers and cool rainy winters but can get colder and snowy as well
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Old September 19th, 2010, 04:21 AM   #50
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Right, when I said "palm trees year round", i meant like this:



This is actually from the 2008 snowstorm. Most years it'll be like this for a couple weeks in January, some years the snow only falls on the mountains.
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Old September 19th, 2010, 11:01 AM   #51
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i can't count on one hand the amount of times we have bad snow in the 20 years i have lived here
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You Know it snows in Paris as well. And in Auckland, Sydney and Adelaide. It did when I lived there, and it got aweful cold in Christchurch. I wasn't half expecting it either.
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A few years ago, a resident of this building - an interior designer - had to give back $50,000 to the city/parks board after she was caught poisoning five trees across the street from her $2M apartment, in an attempt to get back the ocean view she once had, lol
I guess the long and the short of that tree poisoning case was that she got her highly valuable site line view after all, thus raising the value
of the property.. probably a steal at $50,000!!
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Old September 21st, 2010, 02:25 AM   #54
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$30,000 went toward replacing the trees, which is moot since she was eventually forced to move after dealing with death threats and flying garbage/dog litter from fellow citizens. This is, afterall, the city whose population raised $6 million in 7 days, to "clean up" Stanley Park after nature blew down a few trees.

said citizens also raised another $250,000 a few years later to prop up a tree stump that's already dead, haha
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holy crap!! north van is looking crazy good. Vancouver might out do Vancouver yet!! lol
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Old September 21st, 2010, 04:15 PM   #56
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I guess the long and the short of that tree poisoning case was that she got her highly valuable site line view after all, thus raising the value
of the property.. probably a steal at $50,000!!
i remember that. she made a bunch of tree hugger s cry. hahaha
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Old November 12th, 2010, 07:20 AM   #57
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Photos of suburban Richmond




Second floor Chinese restaurants Empire Court, and high-end Kirin across the street.



Unlike many suburban downtowns, condo construction here is limited to infill. A small high-rise has been planned for this lot (see above render), but the moneymart refuses to budge. Also note the thinness of the skytrain track above; this segment is single-tracked... not because of cost savings, but because the city of Richmond requested it that way for minimal aesthetic impact, haha. That's Vancouver for you guys.
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