Where We Are
There is no physical crossing in the Hastings Crossing per se but we still encourage you to wander around looking for one. Way back when Vancouver was a renowned streetcar city the tracks lined Hastings Street. The BC Electric Railway station was what occupied the existing building at Hastings and Carrall Street, and the historic entries to the station can still be seen on the west side of the building. The Canadian Pacific Railway also had a line that went between Gastown and the Roundhouse in what is now Yaletown. Remnants of the old CPR track system can still be seen embedded in the concrete near Lightform and Darby’s Gastown across from Pigeon Park. Maybe one day the streetcar system might even be daylighted again? For now though the crossing is really a symbolic, or metaphorical one. The geography in which our BIA is situated represents the crossing between East and West in Vancouver, a divide that historically has influenced the city’s culture, politics and economics. Today, EastVan swells with pride as many of the city’s coolest projects, innovative businesses and most daring artists thrive in this incredibly diverse and daring corner of the city.
The crossing is also temporal, because at no other time in this area’s history has there been so much energy, excitement, emotion and change in the air. We are crossing into a new era, maybe a new paradigm, as our ways of doing things are increasingly questioned and challenged by community groups, businesses, planners and political leaders active in the area. Hastings Crossing BIA is a business community where innovation is exemplified, where creativity is currency, and where the humanness of enterprise brings with it an authenticity and grittiness that makes our area undeniably genuine.