Watson Street – a history in 9 blocks

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Explore Watson Street, part of the historic Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, in photos as you travel along the narrow street.

Interested in videos about historic Mount Pleasant? Try Vancouver’s Treasured (and Threatened) Old Mount Pleasant Village, narrated by Danielle Peacock, with research and script by the Mount Pleasant Heritage Group.


Storyteller and Photographer: Christine Hagemoen
Additional Photos: City of Vancouver Archives, Vancouver Public Library Special Collections
Editors: Moira Simpson and Lorna Boschman
Audio Recording: Zoe Kirk-Gushowaty
Music: Fresh Fallen Snow by Chris Haugen. Source: YouTube Audio Library
Mentors: Moira Simpson, Lorna Boschman and Zoe Kirk-Gushowaty

Created during grunt gallery’s 2018 Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen Digital Storytelling workshops with Mount Pleasant residents. grunt gallery was founded in 1984 in Vancouver, BC with the vision to become an internationally renowned artist-run centre and further the practice of contemporary art. Through the exploration of our diverse Canadian cultural identity, we are able to offer public programming in the form of exhibitions, performances, artist talks, publications, and other special projects in the community. Our mandate is to inspire public dialogue by creating an environment conducive to the emergence of innovative, collaborative, and provocative contemporary art.

We gratefully acknowledge that we live and work on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.

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  1. Hey folks – really enjoyed this piece on Watson Street – in a back-handed way it is a comment on our cookie-cutter approach to urban development. This combination of street and alley is rare in western Canada although it is not unknown. Some subscribers to this site may be familiar with Herridge Lane in Nelson, B.C.; it is (for me) one of the key attractions in that attractive city.


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