Mount Pleasant is a neighbourhood in the city of VancouverBritish ColumbiaCanada, stretching from Cambie Street to Clark Drive and from Great Northern Way and 2nd, to 16th and Kingsway. The neighbourhood, once characterized as working-class, has undergone a process of gentrification since the early 1990s, including the area around the Main Street and Broadway intersection that is increasingly becoming known as South Main, or SoMaVancouver City Hall is also located in Mount Pleasant.

The neighborhood is served by the Canada Line, an extension of SkyTrain from Downtown Vancouver to Vancouver International Airport.

Mount Pleasant is known as one of the more up and coming neighbourhoods, especially in the communities surrounding Vancouver's downtown peninsula. Many first-time homeowners and young professionals, as well as a growing number of families, call Mount Pleasant home. It is also home to a number of artists and writers, including CBC personalities Ian Hanomansing and Tod MaffinThe Tyee editor David Beers and documentary filmmaker Peter W. Klein.

 
Vancouver seen from Mount Pleasant, looking north across Kingswayjust before its intersection with Broadway and Main StreetVancouver City Hall and Vancouver General Hospital are visible to the far left,Downtown Vancouver to the centre, and North Vancouver to the far right.
 
Intersection of Main Street and Kingsway

 

 

History[edit]

Mount Pleasant owes much of its origins to a former stream and, because of it, developed much of its unique and rich character. The stream attracted a number of breweries from 1888 to 1912, hence it became known as Brewery Creek. In 1890, the first street cars arrived; as far south as 1st and Main. Brewery Creek, in conjunction with the connecting routes of Main and Kingsway, became the centre of industry and commercialism for the district of Mt. Pleasant. By 1897, there was a substantial population growth centred on Broadway and Main Street. The ability to commute to the City Centre and the industries of Brewery Creek and False Creek provided the draw for many working families that now populated the area below Broadway. In a sense, Mount Pleasant can be called Vancouver's "first suburb".

Demographics[edit]

As of 2006, Mt. Pleasant has 23,615 people, a 3.8% decrease from 2001. 13.7% of the population is under the age of 19; 44.8% is between 20 and 39; 33.4% is between 40 and 64; and 8.2% is 65 or older. 62.0% of Mt. Pleasant residents speak English as a first language, 10.0% speak a Chinese language, and 5.1% speakTagalog. The median household income is $37,782, and 31.7% of its population lives in low-income households. Its unemployment rate is 5.5%.[1]

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. Jump up^ [1], City of Vancouver community profiles

Brewery Creek Urban Study, 1985 by Barb Johnston and Denis Turco . http://www.lesliefield.com/bchs/

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Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Overview

The divide between Vancouver west and East Vancouver--designated as those neighbourhoods west or east of Main Street--has traditionally been very pronounced. Vancouver west is more expensive, the people percieved as hip-and-trendy in a yuppie, Lululemon way, while East Van is said to be home to the arty types, and, once upon a time, the less well off.

 

As housing costs throughout Vancouver have risen--it takes close to $800,000 to buy a single family home even east of Main--these stereotypes are changing, and no where is that change more obvious than in rapidly-gentrifying Mount Pleasant.

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Today's Mount Pleasant--especially the up-and-coming SoMa district (see below)--is one of Vancouver's hottest neighbourhoods. Though still cheaper than Kitsilano or Yaletown, Mount Pleasant provides fast access to downtown Vancouver, access to both the Canada Line(on Cambie Street) and SkyTrain, and a growing number of unique bars and restaurants.

 

Mount Pleasant Boundaries

Mount Pleasant is situated southeast of downtown Vancouver. It's located between Cambie Street to the west and Clark Drive to the east, 2nd Avenue to the north and 16th Avenue and Kingsway to the south.

Map of Mount Pleasant

 

SoMa / South Main

Just as an area within the Fairview neighbourhood has been re-branded as South Granville , parts of Mount Pleasant are often referred to as SoMa or South Main. SoMa refers directly to the area around Main Street; it begins, roughly, around 6th Avenue and extends south into Riley Park, as far as 33rd Avenue. When looking for housing and apartments in Mount Pleasant, include SoMa in your search terms, especially if you want to live near Main Street.

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Mount Pleasant People

A friend of mine who has lived in Mount Pleasant for many years remembers when it was home primarily to Emily Carr art students, cyclists with cheap 10-speed bikes, and young professionals who couldn't afford Yaletown real estate. (She also remembers when prostitutes frequented the KFC on Fraser and Broadway, a sight unheard of to anyone moving to the area today.)

 

Despite the stereotypes, today's Mount Pleasant is home to a diverse population, ranging from young professionals choosing to invest in the area and hipsters attracted by SoMa's growing reputation to families who have lived in the area for generations.

 

Mount Pleasant Apartments and Real Estate

Housing in Mount Pleasant usually comes in two varieties: large houses on single lots (many of which have been converted into multiple units) or low-rise apartment and condo complexes. Due to rapid gentrification, multi-story buildings with higher-end condos and lofts make up much of the area's newer construction.

 

  • To Rent: Bachelor Suite/1-Bedroom, $750-$1,400+. 2-Bedroom $1,000-$2,000+. Larger than 2-Bedroom, $1,250-$2,000+.

     

  • To Buy: Bachelor Suite/1-Bedroom, $195,000-$300,000+. 2-Bedroom, $270,000- $550,000+. Larger than 2-Bedroom, $700,000-$900,000+.

 

Mount Pleasant Restaurants and Nightlife

If you live in Mount Pleasant, most of your dining and nightlife will be spent on Main Street, the commercial centre of the neighbourhood. From roughly E 6th Avenue to E 33rd Avenue, Main Street is packed with unique cafes, restaurants, bars, and pubs.

Favourite spots include the vegetarian Foundation, the downtown-style Cascade Room, the live-music Main on Main, and the Five Point Pub.

Mount Pleasant Parks

There are nine parks scattered throughout Mount Pleasant, making it easy to find a spot to walk the dog, a place to play tennis or soccer, or a playground for the kids. China Creek North Park has a popular jogging trail and beautiful views of the North Shore Mountains.

Mount Pleasant Landmarks

To the far west of Mount Pleasant, at 12th Avenue and Cambie Street, is Vancouver'sCity Hall, home to the mayor and city council.

Mount Pleasant Demographics:

  • Population: 23,615
  • Average Household Income: $37,782
  • Average Household Size: 1.8

Mount Pleasant Schools

Florence Nightingale Elementary School

Mount Pleasant Elementary School

Simon Fraser Elementary School

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Mount Pleasant community plan

Mount Pleasant at Kingsway and Main St
 

The Mount Pleasant Community Plan was adopted by City Council on November 18, 2010 after an extensive public planning process.

The Plan contains community-wide and sub-area policies to address issues and guide development in the neighbourhood over 30 years.

It covers a wide range of topics: land use, urban design, housing, economic development, parks and the public realm, transportation, community services, heritage, and culture.

On October 23, 2013, Council adopted the Mount Pleasant Community Plan Implementation Package, which builds on the Plan to clarify and advance policy directions. The Implementation Package includes:

  • A Broadway East Revitalization Strategy
  • An Urban Design Framework for Lower Main
  • A Public Realm Plan
  • A Public Benefits Strategy

The Plan and Implementation Package, plus ongoing City programs and policies, will help guide positive change in Mount Pleasant over the next 30 years. 

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