Vancouver Then and Now

Vancouver Then and Now

Book - 2009
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Surrounded by majestic mountains, verdant forests, and clear blue water, Vancouver is one of Canada's most visually stunning cities, both in terms of its natural beauty and its architectural history. This port city has been a favorite tourist destination since the early 1900s, but as the co-host of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Para-Olympic Games, Vancouver is getting more attention than ever before. Find out what makes it so special in Vancouver Then and Now, a unique photographic history of the city.* This Pacific Rim city has been influenced by decades of immigrants; in fact, Vancouver has the highest concentration of Chinese residents of any North American city. Check out the Millennium Gate and the Sam Kee Building in Chinatown and notice how much has, and hasn't, changed over the years.* Bounded on all sides by water, Vancouver is a city of bridges. Discover its beautiful waterways, including the Strait of Georgia, Burrard Inlet, and English Bay. Also explore the Granville Street Bridge, the Capilano Suspension Bridge, and the Lions Gate Bridge that connects the city to the North Shore.* People have always flocked to Vancouver for its extraordinary gardens. Stroll through Stanley Park, along the Seawall, to the Lost Lagoon, the Hollow Tree, and Prospect Point
Publisher: San Diego, Calif. : Thunder Bay Press, c2009
ISBN: 9781592239177
Branch Call Number: 971.133 M28v
971.133 V22M28v
Characteristics: 144 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 x 29 cm


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A gorgeous collection of historical photographs contrasted with the current visual fabric of our city.

A gorgeous collection of historical photographs contrasted with the current visual fabric of our city.

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May 16, 2019

"Vancouver Then and Now" is actually quite an interesting visual history of the city's steady (and, often drastic) change over the past century.

Canadian historian, Francis Mansbridge certainly went to a lot of time and effort to compile this book that represents a significant historical perspective on the continual development of the lower mainland.

IMO - It is unfortunate that over these past 20+ years the natural beauty of the city of Vancouver (as well as Burnaby) has been steadily undermined by money-grubbing property developers.

May 09, 2019

*Personally speaking* - I definitely prefer Vancouver back "Then" rather than "Now" - Especially "Now" - (10 years following this book's publication in 2009) - Where this city's natural beauty is being steadily destroyed by greedy, short-sighted, foreign developers who are bulldozing everything in site and turning this urban landscape into an eyesore of ugly, cheaply-constructed, over-priced high-rises.

Compiled by Canadian historian, Francis Mansbridge - This interesting pictorial documentation of Vancouver covers more than 100 years of photos (both color and b&w) that gives you a good perspective on how the face of this city had drastically changed over these many decades.

Oct 07, 2010

Each site has a photo of a century ago or so, and a current photo of the same place. Interesting how some buildings hardly changed, and how much the wilderness sites have changed.

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