Sunday, March 7, 2010

Vancouver's Mole Hill (downtown)

The downtown area of Vancouver has many small neighbourhoods.  Mole Hill is near Thurlow and Robson, just west of St Paul's Hospital.  A few decades ago, this area and others like it, featured fine houses made of wood with gingerbread and details now so lacking in modern architectural designs.  Somehow, the Mole Hill Community Housing Society was formed and managed to preserve one or two blocks of these grand old houses as affordable housing, bring the old structures up to code, and turn them into a vibrant and colourful neighbourhood. 


 One lane (alley) is devoid of garages, so people have turned that area into allotments for vegetables and artists.  All houses have fine back porches from which residents can survey the land.