VANCOUVERISM | «THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT» by BRIAN HUTCHINSON

More than six months have passed since the the New Woodward’s opened.

I’ve followed the development of the “New” and “Improved” Woodward’s for years now — it’s been quite the saga from 1890s department store to 1990s squat to today’s luxury boîtes in the sky all mashed up with social housing.

So, it was a treat to read “The Woodward’s Project,” a blog by Brian Hutchinson (below) in the National Post. He’s done a fair and concise job of observing the impact developer Ian Gillespie and architect Gregory Henriquez have had in their attempt at social engineering on the old Woodward’s lot.

I’m acting as an archivist here, preserving this fragment of “Vancouverism” for the future.

Read Hutchinson’s posts — they’re brief with fantastic photos of today’s Downtown East Side — and find out what’s been happening on the flip side of Vancouver.

Photo > Laura Leyshon for NP

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 1 | Only the beginning … | PDF

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 2 | The month in pictures | PDF

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 3 | Commercial activity, entrepreneurship return to the hood | PDF

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 4 | We wish to warn that you are being warned | PDF

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 5 | ‘Not my reality’ at the 42nd-storey rooftop spa | PDF

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 6 | High concept re-birth | PDF

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 7| Don’t fence me in PDF

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 8 | Coming soon, the insider’s book | PDF

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 9 | One street, ten blocks, two worlds | PDF

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 10 | Poor house out of order | PDF

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 11 | When you absolutely, positively have to go, you can’t | PDF

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 12 | Alleyway eye candy | PDF

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 13 | A question and challenge at Victory Square | PDF

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 14 | Knife fight at the weird mall | PDF

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 15 | Award winning parking, easy on the eyes. Who’d have thought | PDF

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 16 | At Main and Hastings, slow the @%$* down! | PDF

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 17 | Just over the tracks, life’s a beach | PDF

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 18 | The beauty up there | PDF

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 19 | Compared to Olympic housing, the Woodward’s development is a bargain  | PDF

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 20 | Acquire, conform, invest, consume…and die | PDF

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 21 | Will junkies rule the roost | PDF

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 22 | Bright sun | PDF

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 23 | Hastings Street farms | PDF

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 24 | The greening of Woodward’s | PDF

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 25 | What a fresh coat of paint can do | PDF

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 26 | Urban renewal hasn’t stopped prostitution and violence | PDF

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 27 | Doors of Perception | PDF

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 28 | From high above to down below | PDF

THE WOODWARD’S PROJECT 29 | 30 Days in the DTES | PDF


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