Submitted by: BuckyHermit (from Vancouver, BC, Canada)
Province: British Columbia
Location: Woodwards District [map]
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Woodwards District is an educational, residential and commercial building located in the Downtown Eastside neighborhood of Vancouver. The site was first established in 1903 as the Woodward's Building to serve as the second ever location of Woodward's, a large department store chain. It once housed the largest supermarket in North America and was the key catalyst to the growth of its surrounding commercial district. As suburban and other urban shopping areas grew, the area around Woodward's declined socially and economically until it gained a reputation as "the poorest postal code in Canada." Woodward's went bankrupt in 1993 and shut down the location, and the building was demolished in 2005. In its place, the current Woodwards District was built and completed in late 2010; it now houses a Simon Fraser University campus location, stores, social housing and market housing. It also features public art, including a glass mural depicting the 1971 Gastown Riots which occurred in nearby Gastown.
Location formerly known as:
- Woodward's Building (1903-2005)