Cornelia Oberlander 1921-2021: Landscape Architect Icon & My Friend

There are some people that you never expect to pass, people that you know and see as the fabric of place and your existence in it. That is fundamentally what and who  Cornelia Oberlander is to me. At her funeral she was called the Dean of Canadian Landscape Architecture, and more intimately known as theContinue reading “Cornelia Oberlander 1921-2021: Landscape Architect Icon & My Friend”

Part Two: Finding the Millachip Family in the 1913 Postcard!

I wrote about finding a Vancouver treasure 5,700 kilometres away in Prince Edward Island. It was a post card size photo taken around 1914 of a couple with their son and dog in front of a very handsome craftsman cottage on Clark Drive. The one clue to the identity of this family was in theContinue reading “Part Two: Finding the Millachip Family in the 1913 Postcard!”

Part Three: Vancouver’s Millachip Family and their Great War Loss

I wrote about the house at 2825 Clark Drive and the family, Edith, Arthur and Willie Millachip who proudly stand in front of that house in 1913. I had purchased the card with this remarkable family scene  in Prince Edward Island. After finding that the house was still standing (although now devoid of its handsomeContinue reading “Part Three: Vancouver’s Millachip Family and their Great War Loss”

Is the Vancouver Park Board Staying in its Lane?

Vancouver is the only city in Canada that still has a separate park board. That means that there is a separately funded staff that exclusively  manages parks and recreational centres, and reports directly to Vancouver City Council on their budget. The mandate of the Park Board is to “provide, preserve, and advocate for parks andContinue reading “Is the Vancouver Park Board Staying in its Lane?”