I think these two are bad examples, since this isn't exactly due to a bad Vancouver economy, but rather the collapse of the traditional bricks and mortar movie rental and music sales business models. I'm guessing the blockbuster will be rezoned in due course, and the HMV space will find a new tenant to take over. I'm sure it takes time to find a retailer that can take on such a large prime location.like the former HMV at the corner of Robson and Burrard, the former Esprit store on Robson, and the former Blockbuster Video store on Robson
I agree. Canada's and Vancouver's economy is in transition. Canada will have to learn to export like Sweden and Germany despite high costs and strong dollar.In other news, Sears is closing its downtown location in Vancouver....but also Calgary and Ottawa. This may actually be good news since at least one large US retailer is in the hunt for the Vancouver location
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looks like we were at about 8,000 births for city of 'Vancouver back in the late 80's early 90's.jesse1"]A friend of mine had a child recently and then opined how many strollers he kept seeing at the mall and claimed there was a baby boom. He wasn't looking for them before but they were always there. The data don't indicate a baby boom, at least in the same magnitude as 20 or 45 years ago.
Vancouver city centre has way more density now than it did 20 years ago. No surprise the # births is up, but the birth rate is down. No big surprise, really; families with young children are moving to the 'burbs. More age-appropriate shopping choicesVancouver city centre
More like families can't afford the city so they have to move to the burbsVancouver city centre has way more density now than it did 20 years ago. No surprise the # births is up, but the birth rate is down. No big surprise, really; families with young children are moving to the 'burbs. More age-appropriate shopping choicesVancouver city centre
There's no counter-evidence, every thing you see can be consistent!the only thing we lead the nation in is house prices: by factor of 2-3 times Alberta cities (which have strongest economies and incomes)....all of which is counter-evidence to the theory that outside billionaires are coming here and fueling our real estate market - that would be a major boost to our economy if there actually was an outside supply of capital coming here to buy houses and spend billionaire incomes on local goods and services.... How sustainable are Vancouver house prices being 2-3 times prices in other economically stronger Canadian cities?