Should the corner store, and coffee house, return to residential neighbourhoods?

sfuPublicSquareLogoWR There are a few  neigbourhood stores in the West End and I really think that it is a great idea. Strathcona has some fun ones as well. I like the idea of mid block coffee shops and restaurant as well. It seems so civilized to be able to have a coffee, shop or have a meal only steps from one’s front door. Also these business have a huge potential to be real life social  hubs.

Here are some photos of a few of my favorite residential businesses: Here

If you know other example of little stores in residential neigbourhoods please let me know and I will try and document them.

Here is the Frances Bula article that started the conversation going: Here

The next edition of City Conversations, presented by SFU Public Square:

From SFU Public Square

Should the corner store, and coffee house, return to residential neighbourhoods?

Before the 1950’s, Mom & Pop grocery stores were common features of Vancouver’s single-family residential neighbourhoods. Then car culture, supermarkets and rigid zoning rules that relegated commerce to main streets changed how communities functioned. A handful of “grandfathered” locations survived, and now their successors are transforming their neighbourhoods’ social life. Is it time to legalize new corner stores, or would they create noise and activity problems?

Starting the conversation will be Andy Yan, urban planner and researcher at Bing Thomas Architects; urban planner Neal Lamontagne; and Boyd Thompson, the proprietor of Strathcona’s popular The Wilder Snail grocery store. Then it’s your turn to question, comment and opine.

When: Thursday September 5th, 2013

Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location: Room 1600, SFU Vancouver at Harbour

Cost: Free
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by Bing Thom Architects and SFU Vancouver.
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