I recently visited the old Cardero Grocery for the first time in many years, it was nice to see it hadn't changed much, the classic "Chinese Corner Store" once so familiar to Vancouver neighbourhoods.
A friendly local mom and pop grocery for smokes and sundries, a carton of milk or nickel candies. Where they would probably run you a tab if you were regular, and you're likely to chat up a neighbour or two. Where the owner describes customers as family. I didn't realize it was slated to close at the end of the month.
I did a lot of walking through the West End over the course of the recent campaign. I visited a lot old haunts and saw a lot of development applications: older apartment buildings behind construction fencing. Wholesale replacement/displacement is coming to the West End, and despite the city's Plan, there really is no plan for actually managing that change.
When the city and developers collude over public benefits and community amenities, we would do well to remind them what those terms actually mean to the public and community