North Vancouver: where did it go?
literaryguru | April 27, 2009 at 03:13 pmby
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En masse, people like me crawl out of their houses on sunny days off work in search of the unique; places with character. As fast as we find them, money pours in to ensure they conform to the generic mould of a tourist destination; maximum efficiency for extracting the tourist’s yen, mark, peso or dollar. Would you like some sushi? Bubble tea? Seattle’s best coffee? No thanks. I came for the view. I can buy that shit four blocks in any direction from where I live. Now, when I pause for my moment of zen in North Vancouver’s Quay, I better be ready to dole out $6 for a latte. Even $2 for an ordinary coffee will get me a dirty look from the barista.
Hiding out here in the lobby of the Lonsdale Quay hotel, pretending to be a patron who has paused to send out an email to friends and family, I look out at the dock next door, admiring the ghost of the Seven Seas restaurant that has long since left the dock. This Quay used to be much busier than I see it today. I bet the business owners that have held on over the years are wondering why that is. It used to be lovely to stroll down through here and the surrounding streets. All I saw today were cars racing from half-built building to half-built building with quasi-thrift stores filling the spaces between (at $15 a t-shirt, these fake charities no longer qualify for the title “thrift”). The reason that fewer people come to see this place is because it is no longer any different from where they live. Lonsdale Quay is Kitsilano’s Granville Island is Victoria’s Market Square is Toronto’s Beaches District is Seattle’s Public Market –I can buy a whole lot of shit I don’t need, pay $10-$30 to sit and stare at the ocean and then I can leave. I think it will be at least another ten years before I come to see what North Vancouver looks like again.
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