|Denman Street storefronts for lease or rent - photos by Junie Quiroga|
|Failed businesses on Denman Street - photo by Junie Quiroga|
|Vacant lots on Denman Street - photos by Junie Quiroga|
High traffic drives incredibly high rental rates, from $5,000 - $10,000 or more every month for a few hundred square feet of space and, with that kind of pressure to make a go of things, only the very strongest have any chance of holding on. Other than personal grooming places or eating & drinking establishments and coffee shops, very few other businesses can survive. Even then it seems there's a restaurant every month going broke and having to paper over the windows with another "for lease" sign. With fewer and fewer takers for these empty store fronts, and a street whose odd collection of ramshackle buildings are slowly falling apart and turning into vacant lots, it's become patently obvious to anyone visiting or living in the area that a refurbishment is long over due.
|Marine Drive North Vancouver - photo by Junie Quiroga|
|Marine Drive North Vancouver - photos by Junie Quiroga|
|Typical commercial building on Denman Street - photo by Junie Quiroga|
Once upon a time Denman Street business owners made a living supplying residents with a wide variety of goods & services, and once upon a time it looked and felt like a real neighbourhood, even with all the seasonal tourists. The architectual style was eclectic and it suited the area, but times have changed and a new approach is needed. Instead of it being a street of failure and despair wouldn't it be nice to turn Denman into a street of dreams?
|Half empty building on Denman - photo by Junie Quiroga|