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For Immediate Release


April 10, 2008

Office of the Premier

Ministry of Community Services




VANCOUVER – The Province is investing $10 million over three years to help recapture the vibrancy of Vancouver’s founding neighbourhoods and their historic buildings, streets and public spaces, Premier Gordon Campbell announced.


             “Whether it is Gastown, Granville, Chinatown, Japantown or Strathcona, British Columbia’s largest city is home to some of our most historic neighbourhoods, which are culturally diverse and rich in history, heritage and architecture,” said Campbell. “This funding will build upon the City’s ongoing work to restore the visual appeal of our communities, restoring hope and pride and breathing new life back into our first urban areas.”


            The $10 million will go to the City of Vancouver’s Great Beginnings: Old Streets, New Pride program, which will use the funding to ensure ongoing maintenance, including repairing broken windows; removal of graffiti and garbage; street, alley and sidewalk cleaning and façade and alcove maintenance.  In addition, the funding could help revive streetscapes, including erecting banners and murals, replacing worn awnings, improving lighting, painting lamp standards and installing several neon lighting projects.


            “When visitors come to Vancouver, they are struck by the beauty of the city and the diversity of our communities,” said Community Services Minister Ida Chong. “This agreement will help to make the Vancouver experience even better, by creating attractive and vibrant physical environments.”


“We are committed to using this funding to support the shared objectives of the Province and the City to revitalize our streets,” said Mayor Sam Sullivan. “This funding will help to improve the quality of life for citizens in these communities, making these neighbourhoods better places to live and work.”


The funding announced today fulfils the throne speech commitment to invest in revitalizing Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.


 “This funding will be geared toward a 40-block area anchored by the Woodward’s redevelopment and will complement the new housing initiatives and many other supports we are already providing for the city’s inner city neighbourhoods,” said Campbell. “There’s no better time than now, as we celebrate BC150 – the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Crown Colony – to work together to awaken the community spirit that lies within our historic streets and neighbourhoods, building pride among residents and welcoming visitors.”





Bridgitte Anderson

Press Secretary

Office of the Premier

604 307-7177

Marc Black

Ministry of Community Services

250 387-4089


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