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Strathcona, Vancouver's First Neighbourhood

Strathcona, Vancouver’s oldest and truly unique neighbourhood, has been called a slum, “home of the working man,” and absolutely charming. Starting out as a collection of shacks and cottages around the Hastings Mill, it developed into a residential area that quickly moved south and east away from the mill... Read More about Strathcona and the area's history »
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The next SRA residents' meeting will be held on this Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 7-9 PM at the Strathcona Community Centre. All are welcome. No big agenda. Just a discussion of some of the evolving issues below…


On Jan 27, the City took the first steps towards calming Prior by allowing unrestricted 24/7 street parking on both sides of the street and reducing speed to 30kph alongside Strathcona Park. The goal is (1) to restrict and hopefully lessen...

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Happy New Year to everyone in our wonderful community.

Our first monthly meeting of the new decade will be on Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 7-9 PM at the Strathcona Community Centre.  All are welcome. If you've avoided coming because you hate meetings, we promise to keep things lively.

Some updates:

Calming Prior Phase 1

City Staff got back to our Prior Street Working Group with plans to begin calming Prior. Starting this month, they want to initiate all-day...

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We’ve opted not to hold a regular monthly meeting in December as there’s not much to meet about. The new board did meet in November. Here are the minutes of that meeting. The next regular monthly meeting will be on Weds. Jan. 8, 7-9 PM at the SCC.


Katie Lewis has taken on the task of refreshing our social media platforms and consolidating our several Facebook pages. For now, here are links to our preferred Facebook, Instagram and...

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Prior Street Rally

We’ll be holding our annual AGM on Weds. Nov. 6, from 7-9 PM at the Strathcona Community Centre. Currently, on the agenda:

The election of a board of directors for 2019-20 A discussion of the recent City Council resolution on Prior St. A follow up to last month’s Air Quality Forum An update on the Burrard Rail line A discussion about the uptick in burglaries and other crimes in the area 

Please e-mail us if you'd like to add anything.


We’ll be...

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Please see the link below for the minutes from the City Council meeting last week regarding the arterial and decisions taken that impact Prior Street and our community.

The relevant agenda item begins on Page 12.

city council minutes

There is also a  link to the video if you are interested to watch the discussion and voting.

We will be engaging with City Engineering Staff in the coming weeks to collaborate on the changes that impact Prior Street.


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Please join us for the Monthly SRA Meeting

Wednesday   2 Oct  @ 7:15 pm

Strathcona Community Centre

Agenda posted under "events" on SRA website

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A huge thank you to everyone who supported the Rally on Monday morning!!

We had over 200 people attend and all the top media on site!!

Thank you to all the Speakers and Organisers for this event.

Tuesday - speaking at City Council on Tuesday, 1 Oct 9:30 am

Wednesday - SRA Monthly Meeting, 2 Oct 7:15 pm

Please join us for a de-breif on the "Calm Prior" initiatives, an Air Quality Update - Agenda posted under the "Events" banner on the website.


Neighbourhood Events
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
SRA Monthly Meeting - Wednesday 2 Oct 7:15 pm
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Join the Rally on Monday 30 September 7:30 am - 8:30 am

Prior & Hawkes

The purpose of this Rally is to send a clear message to our elected City Council that we are expecting them to follow through on the four commitments that have been made to Calm Prior.

Prior is not safe, it's too narrow, cars travel at excessive speeds - it was never intended as an arterial.

We are expecting meaningful measures put in place to Calm Prior.

Let's make sure Councilors...

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Join our Rally on Monday, 30 September 7:30 am - 8:30 am - let's send a clear message to our elected City Councilors to Calm Prior!

Prior is not safe, it's too narrow and was never intended as an arterial.

We want meaningful calming measures put in place and are expecting Council to protect our communities.

City Council needs to listen and follow through on the previous commitments that have been made 4 times to Calm Prior.

Come out and share your concerns about...

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Join the Rally, Monday 30 September 7:30 am - 8:30 am

Prior & Hawkes

The purpose of the rally

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Strathcona Air Quality Forum - Agenda

This free event will be held 1pm - 4pm on Sunday September 29th at the nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch Library (Located on East Hastings Street between Heatley Avenue and Hawks Avenue. )

Speakers include:

Dr. Naomi Zimmerman - UBC Air Quality Scientist - Director of the iREACH Lab (Integrated Research in Energy, Air, Climate & Health) Jean Swanson, Councillor for the City of Vancouver Brian Beveridge - Co-Director, West Oakland...
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Below is a quote from the City Engineering Report that may determine the future of Prior Street:

Council directed staff to explore alternate alignments that could allow Prior/Venables Street to be downgraded. After five years of comprehensive study and engagement, staff are unable to recommend an alternate arterial alignment to replace Prior/Venables Street that is both supported by the community and that would not place an undue fiscal burden on the City. Given there is no alternate...

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Sunday, September 29, 2019
See below for Agenda Details
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The future of Prior Street rests with City Councillors this October

On Monday, September 30, join us for a rally at Prior Street and Hawkes Avenue in Strathcona in advance of the Vancouver City Council meeting to decide the future of Prior Street.

Tell the City that traffic on Prior is a major health and safety concern.

It's time for the City to listen, to make good on Council motions (in 2013, 2015) to restore Prior to a...