Keep the beat in the ‘Heart’ of Mount Pleasant!

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We love the ‘Heritage Heart’, the unique commercial/cultural district defined by the intersections of Main, Broadway, and Kingsway. We bet you do too.

BUT we are at risk of losing the ‘heart’ of Mount Pleasant and the local independent businesses and cultural groups who have homes there.

Did you know that the Heart of Mount Pleasant was ranked # 1 on Heritage Vancouver Society’s 2019 Top Ten Endangered Watch List?

The recognition of this district as the ‘heart’ of the community and the name “Heritage Heart” were born from the 2010 Mount Pleasant Community Plan (MPCP) and subsequent Implementation Package (IP), which were co-created by the City of Vancouver and the community through the investment of taxpayer dollars and hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours. They document the ‘heart’s’ importance as a vibrant shopping, cultural and gathering spot, not only to the neighbourhood but city-wide. Both documents also include the policy of “retaining the existing scale and character” of this small portion of Mount Pleasant.

To protect this treasured district, we are asking that the Broadway Plan formalizes this policy and that the City go on to create and implement a management plan for the “Heritage Heart” that deals holistically with the social diversity, independent businesses, affordable rents, historic architecture, smaller store frontages, public spaces and unique personality of Mount Pleasant.

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Where Main St. meets Kingsway in the “Heritage Heart”.

Our Vision? When transit users emerge from the future Main Street Broadway Subway station, they will arrive at Mount Pleasant’s vibrant and distinct ‘Heritage Heart’, not a generic “could-be-anywhere” intersection.

The clock is ticking; the time to act is now! The draft Broadway Plan is expected in April. Join us as we call upon the City to include a commitment to creating a management plan for the ‘Heritage Heart’ within the Broadway Plan.

Here’s how you can join our campaign:

First, let your voice be heard, please sign and share our petition to protect our much loved unique commercial/cultural district!Signthepetionbutton copy

Sign Change.org petition to City of Vancouver Mayor & Council to “Keep the beat in the ‘Heart’ of Mount Pleasant here.

Or, copy and paste URL to petition: https://www.change.org/p/vancouver-mayor-and-city-council-keep-the-beat-in-the-heart-of-mount-pleasant

Note: After you sign the petition, change.org will solicit for a donation on this issue, this is how change.org operates – they give exposure in exchange for money. Please do not donate to this issue through change.org.

Second, stay informed!

Yes, I support this campaign! Please keep me informed by adding my name to your contact list:

And finally, if you’d like to help us cover the administrative costs of running this campaign, please donate to our FundRazr page here.

We are a small but dedicated grassroots organization and, as such, any financial support, small or large, is very much appreciated. Thank you!

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Thanks For Coming By Our Heritage Lounge

Every year the MPHG hears so much enthusiasm for heritage and this year we heard constant recognition that Mount Pleasant is a truly vital and cherished example of ‘living heritage’. The combination of both tangible (buildings, streetscapes) and intangible (traditions, uses of space, associations, stories) heritage is key to Mount Pleasant’s liveability and popularity.

We also heard much support for our proposal for the creation of a heritage precinct in the Old Mount Pleasant Village/Heritage Heart area around Main and Broadway. This unique precinct, with some of the most historically cohesive blocks left in the City, has continuously been the hub of the neighbourhood. As a vibrant and well-loved commercial district and gathering space, with an eclectic mix of locally owned small businesses, it draws people from all over the City.  This is ‘living heritage’ and it is meeting our collective need for local identity and sense of place. Stay tuned for next steps in our advocacy for its conservation.

It was great to have local historians Bruce Macdonald and Michael Kluckner drop by. Their participation in the first Heritage Lounge and encouragement and generosity were essential in the foundation of MPHG. We appreciate their and Grandview Heritage Group‘s continued support.

Local artist and MPHG member Jennifer Chernecki again created a new colouring page for us and this time it is of the famous “Dude” of Dude Chilling Park and the also famous and adored Levee, our loyal canine teammate.

Thanks again to Bruce Macdonald for the maps from his popular book Vancouver A Visual History, Neil Wyles and Meghan Munro of the MPBIA, Quebec Manor Co-op and Eric Phillips of Grandview Heritage Group.

The Heritage Lounge crew this year was Alyssa, Christine, Danielle, Jennifer and Matt.

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Join Us For Our 7th Heritage Lounge This Sunday, June 16th, 2019 At The Main Street Car Free Festival From 12 – 7

The Mount Pleasant Heritage Group is excited to again be participating in the Main Street Car Free Festival and our Heritage Lounge will be located in front of Heritage Hall.

Along with displays and maps about Mount Pleasant’s history, neighbourhood walking tour pamphlets, and a colouring station with pages created by local artists, we will have information about how the Mount Pleasant Heritage Group is advocating for Mount Pleasant’s ‘Living Heritage’.

Mount Pleasant’s heritage lives not only through its buildings but also through its village atmosphere, street vitality, distinct commercial identity with a diverse and vibrant mix of local businesses, and a long and rich tradition of being an arts and performance hub.

Following up on a letter we wrote to Mayor and Council, seven City Councillors met with us to discuss how much Mount Pleasant’s heritage, in both its tangible and intangible forms, contributes to the liveability of the City and is treasured by residents.

Come by and find out about the next steps the Mount Pleasant Heritage Group will be taking in our proposal for a heritage precinct in the ‘Heritage Heart’ area and how you can help. Mount Pleasant Heritage Lives!

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Celebrating Heritage Week 2019

Join us in recognizing and appreciating Mount Pleasant’s “Living Heritage” in celebration of Heritage Week 2019 in Canada and the theme Heritage: The Tie That Binds”. 

Heritage exists in both tangible (physical) and intangible (non-physical) forms. Tangible heritage, such as objects and buildings, are easy to see. Intangible heritage, such as beliefs, traditions and uses of space, are qualities that contribute to the cultural landscape of a neighbourhood and are no less important. It is the combination of both tangible and intangible heritage that are at the heart of Mount Pleasant’s distinct village character, commercial identity, affordability and diversity. To discover more visit the Mount Pleasant Community Centre and check out our exhibit in the display case of the main lobby. It is up until March 15, 2019.

This heritage week project brought to you by Jennifer Chernecki, Christine Hagemoen, Alyssa Myshok and Danielle Peacock.

Mount Pleasant Heritage Lives!

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Vancouver’s Treasured (And Threatened) Old Mount Pleasant Village – A Video Story

Created during grunt gallery’s 2018 Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen Digital Storytelling workshops with Mount Pleasant residents. Mount Pleasant Heritage Group’s video highlights our popular and historic area of Vancouver, also known as the “Heritage Heart.” Please enjoy! and share with friends and lovers of heritage.

https://digitalstories.ca/video/vancouvers-treasured-old-mount-pleasant-village/

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Thanks For Dropping By Our 6th Heritage Lounge

Once again it was great to chat with so many heritage enthusiasts at the recent Main Street Car Free Festival. We had a steady stream of people from both Mount Pleasant and beyond dropping by and expressing their love of our historic neighbourhood. They also expressed concern about its future. Word is going around that a couple of developers have bought up many key buildings in the Heritage Heart, which is home to our distinctive neighbourhood high street, triangle block and many of our much loved small and independent businesses. This vibrant shopping and gathering spot is clearly cherished not only by the local community but by the city at large and folks want it protected.

Our colouring station was non-stop busy and local artist and MPHG member Jennifer Chernecki created a new page of Heritage Hall.

 

And speaking of Heritage Hall it was great to be tucked in between Vancouver Heritage Foundation and the MPBIA in front of one of Mount Pleasant’s grand old heritage buildings.

We want to again express our appreciation for all of the encouragement we received to continue our work of celebrating and advocating on behalf of Mount Pleasant’s rich and cherished heritage. Mount Pleasant Heritage Lives!

Many thanks to Bruce Macdonald for the maps from his popular book Vancouver A Visual History, to Neil Wyles of the MPBIA for spot organization and to the Quebec Manor Co-op for the loan of furniture. Eric Phillips of Grandview Heritage Group not only lent us equipment and helped with set up and take down but he delivered everything in his 1947 vintage chevy truck.

The Heritage Lounge crew this year was Alyssa, Christine, Danielle, Flora and Jennifer.

 

 

 

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Join Us For Our 6th Heritage Lounge This Sunday, June 17th, 2018 At The Main Street Car Free Festival From 12 – 7

This year the Mount Pleasant Heritage Group (MPHG) is excited to be participating for the first time in the Main Street Car Free Festival and our Heritage Lounge will be located in the vicinity of Heritage Hall between 15th and 17th Avenues.

Post Office Station C (Heritage Hall) c 1920s Philip Timms VPL 19162

Along with displays and maps about Mount Pleasant’s history, including its long and rich tradition of being home to a vibrant arts community, we will have a colouring station with colouring pages created by local artists celebrating the neighbourhood’s heritage. The pages are free for the taking and if you don’t have time to sit down and do a little colouring we encourage you to take one home.

We will also have some neighbourhood walking tour pamphlets, including one created by the Mount Pleasant BIA.

Hope you can come by and help us celebrate our historic and cherished neighbourhood. Mount Pleasant Heritage Lives!

 

 

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