Ranier Open House: Circus, Tea and Cupcakes

Today the Ranier Hotel on Carrall opened its doors with a party and celebration. Highlights included a circus theme, Sybil Thrasher singing, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and BC Minister of Housing Rich Coleman speaking. The event theme was feminine, and also featured hairdos and manicures. The formal part of the event ended with a group…

City Strike Grinds On

This post is a duplicate of a post in my Carrall Street Journal. Carrall Street has been kept relatively clean by volunteers, the United We Can folks, and as a result the whole place doesn’t look too bad, or seem too terribly unhealthy, despite the city strike. However, the Carrall Street Greenway has been very…

Just a Guy in a Shopping Cart

This post is a duplicate of a post in my Carrall Street Journal. Did someone push this guy and leave him here in front of the methadone pharmacy or did he decide to just take a rest in the cart?

What Next for the Boulder Hotel?

This post is a duplicate of a post in my Carrall Street Journal. This afternoon Vancouver City Council will be addressing the situation of the Boulder Hotel development proposal, which has been in the works for some time now. Incorporating the old Pig and Whistle one-story building into an innovative residential/commercial project, the developers are…

Behind the Pennsylvania Hotel

Construction and restoration are going on inside the Pennsylvania Hotel right now. A worker in the alley behind the hotel Just across from the action, one of the boxes for used needles blends in with graffiti now that it has been bent over. The city has placed these needle boxes throughout the alleys in the…

Another part of the City’s Carrall Street Greenway site that is definitely worth a peek is their great interactive buildings inventory page. Mousing over the map reveals a photo of the building along with some current and historical information on it. Click on this page image to explore it for yourself.