Almost four months ago I signed on with my company, based out of Gastown. I’ve been blogging about my discovery of the neighbourhood ever since. Where to get lunch, what to see and do, and where to get a great sammich. Well yesterday our company moved out of our cramped, non-natural-lighting office space on Abbott street and have settled into a new space over on Mainland.
As the years progressed, the proximity of False Creek and the railway meant that Yaletown became heavily industrial. Many factories, rail buildings and warehouses were built, many of which survive to this day.
After the real-estate boom and bust cycles of the 20th century, the area became shoddy and contaminated, and was bought up by the city. After the 1986 World’s Fair (Expo 86), held on neighbouring former-industrial land, the whole area became ripe for development. The site was sold to a Hong Kong-based developer by the name of Li Ka-Shing, setting in train the dramatic redevelopment process which continues to this day. [Yaletown- Wiki]
I’m a little torn by all of this. On the plus side, it’s a nice little area, lots of places to eat, I didn’t get asked for spare change once on my walk in today, it’s a new shiny office that used to be a film studio and I get a window view. On the flip side… there are no trees, there’s noisy Canada Line construction outside, the restaurants are super expensive and pretentious, and the office renovations aren’t quite complete so I’m feeling a little discombobulated.
I’m willing to give Yaletown a break since I’m always expecting people to give Surrey a chance…. but then again those who put Surrey down usually have never even spent time in the City of Parks. However for this reason, I’ll wipe the slate and form my opinions within the coming weeks, and see what it’s like to be an office worker in this part of town. As long as I can still wear jeans that cost less than a tank of gas, shoes that I got at a BOGO sale, and not conform to wearing sunglasses that eat up my entire face, I should be okay.
To help me out in my attempt to befriend my new work neighbourhood, if you have any tips on great, fun, places to get lunches, drop me a comment.
Special item of note: Chez Faye Cafe is nice and has excellent scones, WiFi access, and the dude at the counter is pretty darn funny.