The 12th Street Music Festival is back on July 26, 2015. Organized by the West End Business Association, the festival features four music stages, a Kids Zone with crafts and a petting zoo, muscle cars on display, delicious treats to buy and many community groups and vendors. … [Read more...] about Four music stages, kids zone at 12th Street Music Festival on July 26
Saturday, June 20, 2015 will be a great day to cruise for bargains in New Westminster, as both the West End and Glenbrooke North are having their own neighbourhood-wide garage sales. … [Read more...] about On June 20, two neighbourhood garage sales in New West
Summer heat came early with a May that was one of the driest on record, and it's only getting hotter. Thankfully, New West has a pretty great list of spray parks, splash pools and even a couple beaches where you can suntan on hot sand. Spray Parks: Open from 10am-7pm, Victoria Day to Labour Day Queens Park - A classic spot for summer fun, the thick trees of the park make it … [Read more...] about Stay cool, New West: Summer fun at spray parks, splash pools, and beaches
The SkyTrain Station at 22nd St in New West is unusual in its isolation from commercial buildings. With no adjacent cafes, restaurants, or stores of any kind, 22nd St is a weird little bubble of activity within a sleepy neighbourhood of single family homes. If nature should "call" while you are at 22nd St Station waiting for a train or bus, you are out of luck. The only … [Read more...] about Toilet deserts of New West
I read an interesting article recently from Atlantic Cities about income disparity in Vancouver, based on a research paper produced at the University of Toronto. The report findings reveal three 'cities' within Metro Van. City #1 includes higher-status areas in historically upper-middle-class neighbourhoods, gentrified urban areas and redeveloped zones within areas like New … [Read more...] about What does growing income disparity in Metro Van mean for New West?
I have many favourite boutiques and restaurants in New West, and it seems to me there are more opening all the time. But if I had a fairy godmother who would fast-track a few new businesses for me, here is what I would wish for: A truly great coffee shop New West does not lack for coffee shops, but it does lack for great coffee. A JJ Bean would be awesome, or better yet, … [Read more...] about The shops I wish we had in New West