|Where can you get a piece of history, carry it around when you shop, help reduce the use of plastic shopping bags for the environment, and help a needy charity? Right here!Some of the banners hanging on our street poles from 1999 have been converted into shopping bags. Our first limited run is selling quick. As of December 14, 2007, there are only 28 left to sell online.Your Canadian $10 contribution includes the banner bag, a certificate and a picture showing the original banner, and postage within Canada.
Hurry! Quantities are limited!
[Note: Payment is through Paypal. Free shipping within Canada only.]
|Main Street / Mount Pleasant Wins Best of the City|
|Main Street was voted “Coolest Street” in WE Magazine’s 11th Annual Best of the City Award.
Main Street also placed second in “Best Shopping Street” in this survey of Vancouver residents.
Most of the impressive structures which gave Mount Pleasant its character and historic charm date from a period of commercial and industrial prosperity experienced between 1897 and 1915. It was during this time that the ornate Beaux Arts post office, (now Heritage Hall), the Lee Building at Broadway and Main, and numerous churches and banks were constructed.
The Main Street bridge over False Creek, the introduction of the Fairview Streetcar Service in 1891, and the original tail linking Vancouver to New Westminster along what is now Kingsway, were considered the primary catalysts for growth. The area’s industrial activity was due to the proximity of False Creek and the availability of fresh water from Brewery Creek. Housing was built around the creek to accommodate the workers who settled in the area. By 1888, when the area was named Mount Pleasant, it was already Vancouver’s largest suburb.
The economic growth of the early 1900’s accelerated the expansion of industry from False Creek into Mount Pleasant’s residential area. After 1945, many of the remaining homes were either divided into rooming houses or demolished for apartment development. The commercial boom envisioned by early pioneers never materialized; however, the local community has remained well served by a variety of businesses.
Over the past decade, there have been many efforts to preserve this community’s heritage. Numerous homes along West Tenth Avenue and adjacent streets have been restored through public initiatives of private owners.
Public funds from the Heritage Area Revitalization Program have helped to restore local landmarks, such as the Lee Building, and other historic structures. As a result, the historic character of residential and commercial areas has been enhanced, while promoting economically viable developments. It was also in Mount Pleasant that one of Vancouver’s first Business Improvement Areas was created in 1989 – to promote the community’s economic revitalization and preserve its heritage resources. The area boasts one of the lowest commercial vacancy rates in the City.
The Cosmopolitan Mount Pleasant
In its early years of growth, Mount Pleasant attracted a variety of immigrants, as reflected in the variety of churches and specialty shops. Today, Mount Pleasant remains an ethnically diverse community. Goods and services offered by local merchants include both daily needs items and specialty items such as antiques and collectibles, vintage clothing and jewellry.
In terms of dining, there are numerous restaurants in Mount Pleasant’s UpTown offering: Canadian bistro fare, East Indian, Japanese, Korean, South-east Asia Fusion, Thai, Vietnamese, Vegetarian and gourmet deli foods; a dozen restaurants specializing in Chinese Food including Noodle houses, Cantonese and Szechwan. For the sweet tooth, there is a selection of bakeries, gelato and dessert displays in cafe bistros. Old fashioned diners and coffee shops still abound with “all-day breakfasts” a feature. Java-joints bring gourmet(organic) coffee concoctions, bagels and scones to the local and business community. These are great places to meet.
Mount Pleasant’s heritage character has survived over the years because the focus of recent development activity has occurred west of Cambie Street. Mount Pleasant has become the location of choice for Vancouver’s artistic community, and is home to many social and community organizations. Artist and Crafter live/work studios and lofts have proliferated over the past five years. Up-scale condos on Main and Kingsway add to the diverse population.
There has also been a renaissance of business and cultural activities in Mount Pleasant. The internationally-acclaimed Goh Ballet is located in the heart of UpTown and stage productions occur regularly at Heritage Hall. Eclectic adult films are featured at the Fox Cinema
Several performance venues such as Heritage Hall offer a central location and affordable rents, and have encouraged a vibrant arts community to flourish over the past decade. The Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel offers meeting / seminar facilites along with refurbished hotel rooms commanding views of downtown. Easy parking. 205 Kingsway is the address of the boutique style Best Western Uptown Hotel. Finally, UpTown in historic Mt. Pleasant has Kingsgate Mall with traditional services such as Shoppers Drug Mart and Liquor store in addition to Centrepoint Mall housing the IGA Marketplace.
|Fair Tax Coalition|
|The Mount Pleasant BIA is part of the Vancouver Fair Tax Coalition. This organization is mandated to bring fairness for Vancouver businesses in regards to property taxes. Vancouver businesses pay almost 6 times more in property taxes than residents of the City.|
|For more information please visit : www.fairtaxcoalition.com|
|Park the Tax Coalition|
|The Mount Pleasant BIA is a member of the Park the Tax Coalition, a group tasked with opposing TransLink’s Parking Site Tax.To date, the Park the Tax Coalition has had many successes. The Coalition has successfully persuaded the government to dely the introduction of the Parking Site Tax by 1 year; reduce the proposed Tax by 20 per cent; proceed with a review of TransLink’s Governance Structure, including a review of TransLink’s funding methods; raise public awareness about the level and intensity of business oposition to the Parking Site Tax, including more than 320 media hits to date; and to begin with, recruiting Lower Mainland 23,000 businesses.
The Coalition is co-chaired by Mr. Ted Wiliams of Ivanhoe Cambridge, Ms. Laura Jones of the Canadian Federation of Indepedent Business, and Mr. Stu Swain of Cadillac Fairview.
The Coalition does, however, require funding to continue with the opposition to the Parking Site Tax. It asks for a financial contribution from its members. The BC Shopping Centre Association has generously offered to be responsible for the banking of the Park the Tax Coalition. The contributions can be made payable to the British Columbia Shopping Centre Assocation and mailed to the attention of Kathy Barr at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre, 1701 – 152nd St, South Surrey, V4A 4N3. Kathy can be reached at 604-531-4543, ext. 222. You can also contact the Mt. Pleasant BIA office if you have any further questions or concerns.
The Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area encompasses the commercial neighbourhood known as Mount Pleasant * serving not only local residents but providing services to area businesses as well as broader niche markets. Mount Pleasant was established as a vibrant cross-road in the late nineteenth century and maintains its historic image through its landmark structures, viewpoints and location. Mount Pleasant celebrates its past and captures its future through these elements within a friendly and safe environment.
“The mandate of Mount Pleasant Commercial Improvement Society is to undertake activities involving promotion, business recruitment and general maintenance of the Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area with the object of improving its economic viability and general image, and to promote common concerns and interests of businesses and property owners in the area to bring them together for fulfilling the purposes of the Society.”
MPCIS is a non-profit, community-based organization. It was established in 1989 by the Mount Pleasant Business Association (MPBA), to administer the Business Improvement Area (BIA) under the terms of a City of Vancouver by-law. The MPBA was formed in June 1985 to implement the Downtown Revitalization Program and to promote matters of common concern and interest to the business and property owners of the BIA.
The Business Improvement Area extends from 7th to 16th Avenues along Main Street, 7th to 12th Avenues along Kingsway, and from Guelph St. to Ontario St. along East Broadway. All businesses located within this area are members, and are entitled to all member benefits and society voting privileges. For more detail, please see the map on the attached MPCIS brochure.