Shauna Sylvester on why the Sylvia Hotel reflects the soul of Vancouver

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canada goose store thing I love about the Sylvia is that it not pretentious, says mayoral candidate Shauna Sylvester as we sat tucked into a corner table as the lunch crowd started drifting in. canada goose store

Although a line of tourists was checking out only canada goose outlet woodbury a few metres away, most of those checking in for lunch are regulars who greet the servers by name. Like Sylvester, who is a recent transplant to the West End, the Sylvia is their local. It also her brother whom she coincidentally spots as he and his wife crossed Beach canada goose outlet new york Avenue heading down to the seawall.

canada goose uk black friday is not a luxury place, she said of the Sylvia. got soul and the thing I love about Vancouver is that we have all these neighbourhoods that have real soul. canada goose uk black friday

Canada Goose Coats On Sale raised my family on Commercial Drive and the thing I love about commercial Drive is that it has a real mix new immigrants and people who have been there for generations. It got First Nations co ops and people who were buying their first house. It was a great place to raise your kids. Main Street is like that. Cambie Street is like that and so are parts of Dunbar and West 10th. red bricked hotel is a landmark with its covering of massive Virginia creepers. It a remnant of a Vancouver that largely disappeared. But as Sylvester points out it caused quite a stir when it was built in 1912. Canada Goose Coats On Sale

Up until 1958, it was the tallest building in the West End. Built as an apartment building, it was at the vanguard of change in a neighbourhood that had been dominated by mansions owned by the city richest families who had begun decamping to Shaughnessey after the Canadian Pacific Railway real estate arm started developing it in 1907.

Canada Goose Outlet The Sylvia was converted to a hotel in the 1930s and, in the 1950s, it caused another stir when it opened Vancouver first cocktail bar in what was then one of the highest density neighbourhoods in North America. Today, its low rise condos, apartment and co op buildings are dwarfed by Yaletown and Coal Harbour towers. Canada Goose Outlet

canada goose clearance West End was a bit of development gone wild and very unlike the rest of the city, Sylvester explained. there were some things about it that were important. canada goose clearance

the main street, on Denman Street it was only two storeys, which allowed local businesses to set up. And the city took the (housing) density and put it off the main street. city also planted trees along the streets and protected public space including along English Bay and Stanley Park. Eventually, it added a community centre and a library.

canada goose uk shop love living in the West End, she said. green space. There are parks. There are amenities. There a whole community. It highly walkable and I can try any kind of food I want on Denman Street. canada goose outlet authentic All of those are ingredients of what makes a good city. contrasts that with older neighbourhoods that lack the West End density. Sylvester talked about a recent shopping trip canada goose outlet along West 10th Avenue. Not that long ago, there were lots of local stores. Now, she said, it being hollowed out. canada goose uk shop

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felt a little bit like a ghost town over there. And, then I come back here and it vibrant. said the same thing is happening along Commercial Drive.

canada goose was my small town, but it doesn have the density. It become very insular now. It not growing. It not enabling people if they left a house to downsize because that kind of housing just doesn exist. an Independent, Sylvester has produced the most detailed platform of all the candidates. Influencing her ideas about how Vancouver can continue to grow without losing its soul is the West End. canada goose

uk canada goose There are also lots canada goose outlet boston of locally owned restaurants and businesses, although that is changing because of the city decision to increase the allowable heights along Denman Street, which has resulted in rising property taxes as two storey commercial buildings being replaced by taller ones. uk canada goose

think we made a mistake in building up on the arterials, said Sylvester. think we need to go away from the arterials so small businesses can continue to thrive in those smaller places. to Vancouver gay village, the West End now has more school aged children canada goose outlet in canada than traditional family neighbourhoods. Sylvester credits the mix of housing options rental, co ops, and ownership on both leasehold and freehold land.

Because of that, it attracts recent arrivals (including immigrants and students), singles, downsizing couples, seniors and high income professionals.

thing that makes a community is how it builds connectivity canada goose factory outlet among us, said Sylvester. one of the things about the West End that I like and would like to see emulated in other neighbourhoods in this city.

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