It’s not often a woman sits down beside you on the bus and immediately starts talking about how good she is at blow jobs. But then, there aren’t many bus routes like the No. 20, and there aren’t many streets in Canada like East Hastings. The woman in question – who doesn’t give me her name, despite our suddenly intimate conversation – says she’s going to ride a few blocks west because she’s not making enough cash in this part of town.
Gentrification doesn’t spread in an even wave. The 900- and 1000-blocks of Main Street are proof of that. While some post-millennial condo developments have sprouted up, this small stretch of road is still dominated by a triangle of historic hotels: the American, Cobalt and Ivanhoe, which date back to the first two decades of the 20th century. Amputation from Chinatown by the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts has long lent a stubborn, gritty edge to this area.
The lines painted on the sidewalk just outside Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain station probably made sense at one point, but subsequent repavings and scattershot bubblegum markings have turned them into a mosaic that might have been created by a disturbed mind. Surprisingly, though, their original intent is still clear, as what remain of the white squiggles herd commuters into three separate queues to board Vancouver’s ubiquitous 99 B-Line bus.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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