HELPING TO DEAL WITH A FALTERING MARKET

星期一, 十月 2, 2017

The situation: The Crean family had owned the property at Spruce and Broadway for a very long time. To increase the value of their holding, they started work to redevelop the site into a boutique residential building with commercial/ retail space on the ground floor. They went to work, demolishing t...

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LOS ANGELES: IN AND OUT GUIDE TO SUNSET RESTAURANTS

星期一, 十月 2, 2017

Whether it’s the cuisine or the clientele, many famous LA restaurants have boasted a Sunset Boulevard address. The first was Café Trocadero, a French inspired “supper club” that was opened by Hollywood Reporter publisher Billy Wilkerson in 1934. Wilkerson was likely more motivated by the opportunity...

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LOS ANGELES: ACCESS HOLLYWOOD BY SUNSET BOULEVARD

星期一, 十月 2, 2017

From the noir tones of Chinatown and LA Confidential to rom-com dreaminess in LA Story and  LaLa Land, Hollywood has “played itself” for as long as there has been a film industry. After all, what other city shouts its name in bold white letters on the side of a mountain top? There are so many touris...

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HOLLYWOOD: STROLL DOWN SUNSET STRIP

星期一, 十月 2, 2017

“There’s something happening here/what it is ain’t exactly clear…” In 1966, a young band called Buffalo Springfield released a song called “For What It’s Worth” that became a countercultural anthem. A young songwriter named Stephen Stills penned it after a rowdy  incident where police officers were...

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VANCOUVER: SELF-GUIDED WEST END WALKING TOURS

星期日, 十月 1, 2017

Fall is here, but the weather shows no signs of cooling down. Take advantage of the sun while you can and explore your favourite neighbourhood, the West End. We put together two self-guided walking tours to help you discover historic buildings and hidden gems in the West End that you might not be aw...

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AN OUTRIGHT SALE THAT DEALT WITH UNCERTAINTY HEAD ON

星期日, 十月 1, 2017

The situation: The Cambie Corridor Plan was in the early stages of development at the City of Vancouver’s Planning Department. With the Canada Line as its catalyst, the plan included opportunities for Transit Oriented Development. But the density, height allowances and general architecture of that r...

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COSTA MESA: EXPLORING THE CRAFT BEER SCENE

星期日, 十月 1, 2017

These days, nothing says “street cred” quite like a community with a killer craft beer scene. Again, Orange County is way out front on this trend with no less than thirty craft breweries—give or take, it can be a brutally competitive business and tap houses open and close all the time. Within Costa...

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COSTA MESA: A THRIVING RETAIL SCENE

星期日, 十月 1, 2017

Shopaholics outside of Orange County might not be able to identify Costa Mesa (population: 112,000) on a map, but they will certainly know where South Coast Plaza is. Fifty years ago, the vision (or folly) was to take a flat no man’s land of dirt and grass close to where a new freeway (the I-405) wa...

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ORANGE COUNTY: TUSTIN SCHOOL DISTRICT - QUALITY EDUCATION IN A PUBLIC SPACE

星期五, 九月 29, 2017

For house hunting young families, access to a highly- accredited and well-respected public schools system becomes a key criteria, especially as toddlers begin to reach school age In considering Tustin (population: 78,000), these parents have found an “A-Grade” school system that graduates 98 percent...

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ORANGE COUNTY: A GUIDE TO THE BEST BEACHES

星期五, 九月 29, 2017

It’s safe to generalize that beach culture is California culture and vice-versa. From tremolo-laden guitar licks to noseriding on a ten-foot “log” (surf slang for longboarding) to cruising beach town main drags in a chopped low-rider hot rod, surfing infuses everyday life in Orange County especially...

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IRVINE: DIAMOND JAMBOREE SHOPPING CENTRE

星期五, 九月 29, 2017

Once you find parking (maybe take a taxi, or Uber, to get there), you’ll find out why Diamond’s owners say “we bring the world to you.” With a population demographic high in Asian Americans, Irvine’s Diamond Shopping Center is regionally renowned for its diversity of restaurants, grocery stores, bou...

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IRVINE: THE PERFECT COMBINATION

星期五, 九月 29, 2017

To properly live the California dream, you need the perfect combination of beaches, high paying jobs, somewhat affordable housing (this is California we’re talking about), and, if you’ve got kids, highly rated public schools. Irvine (population: 226,000) scores extremely highly on all counts. From i...

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VANCOUVER: EATERIES IN THE WEST END

星期二, 五月 23, 2017

The West End has some new-ish restaurants and cafes worth checking out. Ritual, Cacao 70 and Whistler’s well known Peaked Pies are new to the West End having been open for only a few months. Timber and Molli Cafe already have a couple years behind them (hence new-ish) but are both hidden gems...

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VANCOUVER: EVVIE & OLIVE FLORAL DESIGN IN MARPOLE

星期四, 四月 27, 2017

There is, perhaps, no greater a symbol of how vibrant a neighbourhood is than the number, and quality, of its floral shops. Evelyn Chan, a former piano teacher, opened Evvie & Olive Floral Design in late 2015 to expand her creative talent for flower arranging. Located near the corner of Granvill...

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COFFEE + CULTURE CRAWL: PUBLIC ART IN THE WEST END

星期三, 十一月 9, 2016

With the arrival of fall weather in Vancouver, it’s the perfect time to pick up your umbrella, grab a hot cup of coffee and explore some of amazing pieces of public art in the West End. 1. A-maze-ing Laughter + Delany’s Coffee House Probably the West End’s most popular artpiece, Yue Minjun’s bronze...

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FIVE PUBLIC ARTWORKS IN MARPOLE

星期三, 十月 12, 2016

大隐于市的公众艺术  都市生活的增鲜剂   公共艺术雕塑是水泥丛林里的缪思绿洲,人们从这些艺术品中得到美的灵感,遐想和寄情。如果这些公共艺术本身不仅提供了美的欣赏,还融入到了社区的街角,大楼的中庭,亦或是公园醉人的美景中,是不是达到了一加一大于二的效果,因为它们的存在点缀了城市的色彩,也让都市快节奏...

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MARPOLE MARVELS

星期三, 七月 6, 2016

Abbeyfield House In 1992, Marpole residents rallied to preserve two grand examples of early 20th century estate homes in Vancouver, the Heritage House and Coach House at the corner of 67th Avenue and Hudson Street). Built in classic Arts and Crafts style favoured at the time, Heritage House was orig...

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