Downtown Eastside in Vancouver, Canada
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Downtown Eastside is booming in Vancouver, Canada

Downtown Eastside in Vancouver, Canada

The Hotel Europe flatiron building in Gastown, left;  fresh Alaska king crab for sale in a Chinatown seafood shop; and the steam clock on Water Street in Gastown. The three districts make up Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside area.

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Downtown Eastside in Vancouver

A server draws one of 38 on-tap British Columbia wines at the Vancouver Urban Winery in Railtown.

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Downtown Eastside in Vancouver

There is such a thing as timber industry chic, and evidence of this phenomenon can be found  in Vancouver’s Chinatown. This is Space Lab, an antique shop on East Pender Street.

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Downtown Eastside in Vancouver

Vancouver’s Gastown is full of fun architecture. Here stands the Hotel Europe, whose three-sided “flatiron” building was built in 1908 and 1909 in the city in British Columbia.

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Downtown Eastside in Vancouver

Vancouver has one of the biggest Chinatowns in North America. Here, a pagoda casts its reflection at the neighborhood’s  Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

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Downtown Eastside in Vancouver

Like the Chinatowns of the U.S., Vancouver’s Chinatown has a history that begins with immigrant railroad workers in the late 19th century. Though Vancouver’s more recent immigrants from China often settle elsewhere in the city, the first Chinatown remains a landmark. Here, bold colors abound in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

 (Margo Pfeiff)
Downtown Eastside in Vancouver

Not every business in Vancouver’s Chinatown traces back to the old country. Here, customers settle in with coffee at the Space Lab, which also sells antiques and vintage goods

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Downtown Eastside in Vancouver

Bootleg Barbers awaits customers alongside the Space Lab coffee shop in Vancouver’s Chinatown.

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Downtown Eastside in Vancouver

A neon sign reflects the Chinatown of yesteryear in Vancouver.

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Downtown Eastside in Vancouver

Members of the Lim Sai Hor Benevolent Assn. practice Cantonese opera music in Vancouver’s Chinatown.

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