Category Archives: Revisting Main

Revisiting Main Street 2017: East: 13th – 14th Ave

The East side of Main Street between 13th – 14th Avenue featured some (locally) iconic spots when we first photographed the block in 2011. Pinky Laundry was one. Bert’s Restaurant (est. 1948) was another. A fresh foods grocer – Everfresh – took up a good chunk of the streetscape, too. Businesses such as Vera’s Burger Shack, Cobs Bread, The Hyde Lounge and Panago Pizza remain today as they did six years ago. Check Station is now Freedom Mobile and Open Door Yoga keeps it loose and limber upstairs. We certainly miss what’s gone, particularly with Everfresh being swallowed up by the brand new, extra fancy Starbucks Reserve, expanding from their corner locale to a whole new setup with boozey drinks, long hours and a higher-end lounge vibe. There goes the neighbourhood! Long-standing Bert’s was 63-years-old when we took the original shot, today that space is the Kitsilano-transplant bar Colony. And while the old laundry was known for it’s cute pink elephant logo and massage chairs while you wait, today it’s the bustling Main Street home to 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters. This block is now a destination for folks near and far alike, but judging on how many people seem to drive to that Starbucks, our guess is mostly afar.

Take a look at this block in 2011 and again today for some comparison.
Photos below taken August 11, 2017.


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Revisiting Main Street 2016 WEST: 22ND – 23RD AVENUE

Main Street from 22nd to 23rd Ave on the west was a bit of a different place in 2011. Half the block was fallow field, reclaimed from a car wash and *something* else (but what? can you remember?). The Cooper Tank was still in existence, a couple clothing shops and the Medical Centre had a tree in front of it. In the five years since, a brand new building for the Burn Fund Centre was completed and opened in late 2015. Portland Craft took over from the Tank, and The Fish Counter opened up next door. Both popular spots on this stretch. Take a look at the street as it was in 2011 to today for comparison. Now, we wonder what happened to that poor tree…







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Revisiting Main Street 2016: WEST: 17TH – 18TH AVENUE

Under construction in 2011 when the original series was shot, 3333 Main now occupies an entire city block from 17th – 18th Ave on Main Street’s west side. This is the spot where Main Street “chicanes” to the east, and as such there was ample room for public space as the new condo building recedes from the curb as you head south. The straws (not staples!), the poodle, a grassy knoll and some bistro chairs. Flanked by corporate outlets and stacked with people above. It’s not exactly brimming with life as a public space should be, but the pocket park has room for trees and greenery, always welcome on our high streets. Take a look back to see how this block fared in 2011 – mostly construction and the promise of pre-sale condos.






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Revisiting Main Street 2016 WEST: 9TH (BROADWAY) – 10TH AVENUE

The heart of Mount Pleasant is arguably the Main / Broadway / Kingsway nexus. A transportation hub, chock full of shops, cafés, really a little bit of everything with a strong network of community services. From Broadway (9th Ave), we are heading up to the 10th Avenue bikeway for this set. In our original series, this block had some major gaps…literally. A few of the businesses here were hit by fire and in 2011, those buildings had been torn down. A far cry from where we are at today with the new brick and glass addition, some changed tenants, the closing of Archetype and yet, the Sunny Spot Café remains. Look back at the street as it was in 2011 for comparison.






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Revisiting Main Street 2016 WEST: 20TH – 21ST AVENUE

Five years on from our original photo session, Vancouver’s Main Street has changed significantly. As expected, Vancouver is a fast-evolving city. This was the impetus for our documentation after all. The neighbourhood has seen entire blocks changed over from old businesses to new, and buildings reborn from vacant land or past structures. We’re taking a look at a few of the blocks with interesting changes and wondering what’s next for this street? Starting with 20th – 21st Ave West, the images below were taken summer of 2016. Compare that to the street as it was in 2011 – new paint, renos, new tenants and a building seemingly forever under construction hoarding.

Main Street…forever changing.








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