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A Brief History Of Granville Street (Video)

The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) put together “A Brief History of Granville Street” as a ‘tongue-in-cheek tribute’ to Granville Street. The video hosted by Anthony Norfolk offers some cheeky fun facts about the street we know as Granville:

  • Street named after Colonial Secretary for the British Empire, Granville Leveson-Gower
  • Vancouver was also previously the Town of Granville and called Gastown
  • First rider of new Granville Street Bridge in 1954 was the first rider of it in 1909, both times in new Cadillacs
  • Granville Street aka Theatre Row had the second-most most neon lights in the world in the 50’s
  • Pacific Centre opened in 1971 which turned empty lots into strip clubs, adult bookstores, pawn shops, tattoo parlours, sex shops and peep shows


Written by Amar Mirchandani @amarmirch
Photo: globetrekimages / 604 Now Flickr Pool

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