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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 »
Neighbourhood Events
Monday, September 30, 2019
Come out to the Rally on September 30
SRA newsletter

Residents of Strathcona,

I'm writing to give you an update on the unfolding arterial drama and propose a possible resolution.

First, a reminder of our goals. We want a livable city. A neighbourhood where all residents feel safe walking along and crossing their streets. Where people have access to greenspace designed for them to use and enjoy. Where pollution is minimized. We don’t want the demands of transportation corridors to come before the needs of residents.


Neighbourhood Events
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Learn how the expanding port and increased rail and road traffic will impact the air you breathe.
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February Rally

First, a big thanks to all who came to this week's SRA meeting.  For those who couldn't make it, here's what you need to know... and do.

Vancouver City Council is expected to vote as soon as October 2 on where to put the long debated Flats arterial.  City staff will release a report just days before recommending one of two options: NatCha (the Community Panel's choice) and Prior. The Vegas odds are Prior because it cheap and easy. 

Here are Ten Good Reasons why...

Neighbourhood Events
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Cider, Mushrooms, Bees, Tea-making, Seeds, Drumming, Tours
Neighbourhood Events
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Community Clean Up in honour of Wayne Nelson, founding member of the SBIA
Neighbourhood Events
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Local Artisans, Activities for Kids, Workshops, Live Music
SRA newsletter

As soon as Oct. 2, City Council will vote on where to put the False Creek Flats Arterial. Even though the Community Panel overwhelming chose the National-Charles (NatCha) option, Prior is back on the table and is likely to be the option recommended to Council by city staff.

Here's what you need to know:

The Flats Arterial is part of a federally funded National Trade Corridor project. Its primary purpose is to facilitate the movement of shipping containers in and out of the...

Neighbourhood Events
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
SRA September Meeting
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City Council is scheduled to vote on October 2 on a location for the Flats Arterial that will run through our community, connecting Clark to Main.

Despite the Community Panel’s overwhelming choice of National-Charles (67%), it might surprise you to hear that two options are being considered: National-Charles (NatCha) and underpass on Prior. Yes, Prior. The same Prior that City Council has twice voted to restore to the calm,...

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Union Street Block Party - This Saturday
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The SRA’s last meeting before summer break will be on Wednesday, June 5, 7-9 PM at the Strathcona Community Centre. It should be a lively one. Here’s what’s on the agenda:

7:00-8:30 Beyond the Arterial

We’ll be joined by staff from City Planning and Engineering for a discussion of transportation plans for our neighbourhood that are linked to the new arterial, specifically:

Twinning the tracks along the BI Line: What’s the timeline? How will the tracks be used? At-grade...
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The vote is in!

Today, the Flats Arterial Community Panel picked National-Charles by 67.7% - a super majority for an option that was barely on the table at the start of the process. A huge thanks to all the panelists for their diligence and hard work and to the Jefferson Group for delivering on their promise of creating a forum where a community can tackle a complex problem and arrive at an informed and wise choice.

The April SRA meeting with be this Wednesday, April 10, 7-9 PM...

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Our April SRA meeting will held on the second Wednesday, April 10, so that we can react to the Community Panel’s decision about the Arterial – which is happening on Saturday April 6.  Still 7-9 PM, still at the Strathcona Community Centre. We’ll send out an update on Sunday, April 7, with the results of the vote. Here’s hoping for NatCha.

On other fronts, in the last month, activism in Strathcona has yielded some positive results…

Residents reach agreement with CN


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National today

Our March monthly meeting will be this Wednesday, Mar 6, 7-9 PM at the Strathcona Community Centre. No big agenda as yet, just general discussion of what's been going on with the Community Panel and in the hood.  (e-mail Dan if you have something you'd like to add to the agenda).

The Community Panel will be holding its first public workshop the night before on Tuesday March 5 from 7-9 PM. Click here for info and tickets.

Some updates:

Our National/Charles plan is...