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The re-emergence of Vancouver’s wooden streets

After long, wet winters, such as this year’s, Vancouver’s old wooden streets that were built little more than a century ago and that have been barely covered in asphalt, begin to re-emerge. These artifacts of the area’s old growth forests, that are primarily scraps of Douglas fir, were found on Railway Street, just west of North Dunlevy Street in what is now considered the east end of Gastown. When these streets were built more than a century ago, this was the confluence of the Indian Rancherie, that became Skid Road, and Nihonmachi, Vancouver’s Japantown. And down the block at Railway and Gore Streets was Vancouver’s last brothel district that was dismantled in 1917. Just below the surface of these street are more designs for The Terminal City.

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