Vancouver Was Awesome

Vancouver Was Awesome

A Curious Pictorial History

Book - 2013
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A startling and unexpectedly rich collection of images from Vancouver's pre-gentrification past.

Vancouver may be a youngster among major cities, but it has a rich and beguiling history. Past Tense Vancouver blogger Lani Russwurm is a regular contributor to the popular website Vancouver Is Awesome ; in this fascinating book, produced in conjunction with V.I.A., Russwurm collects stories of the people, places, events, and phenomena that collectively have infused Vancouver with a distinct flavor and flair and which laid the foundation for the eclectic city we know today. Although not without its share of social issues and contradictions, this cosmopolitan port city has long been a magnet for creative and determined types in search of opportunity and willing to rise to the challenges posed by the Terminal City. And at this moment in Vancouver's history, as it grapples with the divisive issues of rapid gentrification and overpriced real estate, Vancouver Was Awesome offers readers an opportunity to relive the city's past and to remember what was, and what might have been.

From vaudeville to beatniks, Rudyard Kipling to Charlie Chaplin, violent squirrels to train-hopping dogs, Lani Russwurm's book is an entertaining, informative, and at times jaw-dropping tour of one city's awesome past.

Includes 150 B&W and color photographs and an introduction by Vancouver Is Awesome editor-in-chief Bob Kronbauer.

Publisher: Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, 2013
ISBN: 9781551525259
Branch Call Number: 971.133 RUS NVD
Characteristics: 159 p. : ill. (some col.)


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Jan 09, 2018

As this impressive history book's title says - "Vancouver 'WAS' Awesome" - Yeah - 'WAS' is so right - 'Cause Vancouver sure ain't awesome no more. Nope. It's being systematically ruined these days by greedy, money-grabbing developers who have no care, or foresight, whatsoever.

Meticulously presented by Lani Russwurm - "Vancouver Was Awesome" is a very enjoyable pictorial history of our once-fair city as it was growing up throughout its formative years.

From 1886-1971 - This well-researched book takes the curios reader back to yesteryear when open space in the downtown core was actually a living/breathing reality.

P.S. - You know - I found it really sad to see the photographs of some truly awesome buildings that once stood in Vancouver that have, long ago, been totally demolished by the mindless, merciless force of the all-mighty developer's wrecking ball.

CoreneBee Aug 08, 2014

Interesting snippets of Vancouver's history and historical figures. Fun read for tourists and locals alike.

Apr 08, 2014

Nice work Lani! Like a box of assorted chocolates, a little taste of everything. Some names were familiar, like Malcolm Lowry, some were new and made me want to find out more about them.

Dec 28, 2013

Vancouver WAS awesome- now it just sucks.

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