Thursday, September 5
City Conversations: The Return of Residential Corner Stores and Coffee Houses?
Place: Room 1600, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.
Before the 1950’s, Mom & Pop grocery stores were common features of Vancouver’s single-family residential neighbourhoods. Then car culture, supermarkets and rigid zoning rules that relegated commerce to main streets changed how communities functioned. A handful of “grandfathered” locations survived, and now their successors are transforming their neighbourhoods’ social life. Is it time to legalize new corner stores, or would they create noise and activity problems?
Starting the conversation will be Andy Yan, urban planner and researcher at Bing Thomas Architects; urban planner Neal Lamontagne; and Boyd Thompson, proprietor of The Wilder Snail in Strathcona. Then it’s your turn to question, comment and opine.