mission is: to undertake activities
involving promotion, business recruitment and general maintenance of
the Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area with the object of improving
its economic viability and general image, and to promote common concerns
and interests of business and property owners in the area.
Services Provided by Our Office:
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Vancouvers Original UpTown
Most of the
impressive structures which give Mount Pleasant its character and historic
charm date from a period of commercial and industrial prosperity experienced
between 1897 and 1915.
The Main Street bridge over False Creek, the introduction of the Fairview
streetcar service in 1891, and the original trail linking Vancouver
to New Westminster along what is now Kingsway, were considered the primary
catalists for growth. By 1888, when the area was named Mount Pleasant,
it was already Vancouvers largest suburb.
The economic growth of the early 1900s accelerated the expansion
of industry from False Creek into Mount Pleasants residential
Over the past decade, there have been many efforts to preserve this
communitys heritage. Numerous homes along West Tenth Avenue and
adjacent streets have been restored through the initiatives of private
owners. Public funds from the heritage Area Revitalization Program have
helped to restore local landmarks, such as Lee Building and Heritage
Hall. As a result, the historic character of the residential and commercial
areas has been enhanced, while promoting economically viable developments.
Mount Pleasants heritage character has survived over the years
because the focus of recent development activity has occurred west of
Cambie Street. Mount Pleasant has become the location of choice for
Vancouvers artistic community, and is home to many social and
Historical photographs of the UpTown area