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Vancouver’s West End Undergoing Development

July 09, 2014

If someone were to ask you,

“What is one of the most storied neighbourhoods in Vancouver?” chances are you’d answer, “West End.”

It’s a fine answer, as West End is considered one of Vancouver’s first upscale neighbourhoods due to the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

It then grew into an Ellis Island of sorts, a hallowed place for new arrivals to the country, such as immigrants. Additionally, Davie Village – Vancouver’s gay village – is located in West End. So, needless to say, there’s a lot of history and culture flying about in West End; it’s in the walls, on the grounds and in the people that call this place home.

Usually the neighborhoods with the most interesting histories are the ones that have the most ups and downs, and West End is no different.

Over the past few decades, neighbourhood residents have done all they can to maintain West End’s livability and attractiveness.

Their hard work seems to be paying off, as a real estate boom is being projected for the storied neighborhood.

In this article, Margo Harper writes, “Vancouver’s West End is on the verge of a dramatic real estate revival sparked by density brought on by a recent community plan.” That’s some exciting news.

Without the community plan, none of this revival would be possible. The recent sale of two properties at Alberni and Nicola streets are just the beginning of the community plan set to change the face of West End.

What do you think? Is this a good thing? Can we expect more people moving into the neighbourhood?