This week I wrote about the City of Vancouver turning down recognition of the Davis Family who transformed the 100 block of West Tenth Avenue, and who worked tirelessly to bring in the Mount Pleasant zoning that supported maintaining the area’s Edwardian and Victorian houses. Way before the City of Vancouver launched laneway houses, the Davis Family was already making rental units available in the houses they saved from demolition, and oh yes, they built a few laneway houses too.
Every time I think of the Davis Family and their three generations that have promoted neighbourliness and community building I come up with a new initiative they pioneered. One was eliminating the harsh “crotch dropping” of mature street trees to allow for the unfettered access to hydro lines in the trees. The Davis family refused to allow BC Hydro to butcher their street trees, taking the keys to the offending tree cutting vehicles and not giving them back. The compromise was taken forward to City of Vancouver council, and that was raising the hydro lines in mature trees so that the trees were not brutally altered. That is now civic policy for mature tree canopies.
The response supporting the Davis Family receiving a City of Vancouver proclamation has been extraordinary from social media supporters, from local heritage experts, from architects, from city staffers, from area residents and from the Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Association. I will be talking on CBC Radio’s On The Coast with Gloria Macarenko this afternoon on City of Vancouver proclamations, and why this exceptional family should be recognized.
Still no word from the city about doing the right thing, proclaiming Davis Family Day the week of February 17 to 22, when the Vancouver Heritage Foundation is hosting a week of events~with some in Heritage Hall, just a few blocks from the Davis Family houses.
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