Got an empty lot near you? A crumbling building? A bridge to nowhere? Have no fear, The Tyee's Place Detective is here! Our monthly series will explore mysteries of uncommon places and common places with mysterious pasts.
We'll take a magnifying glass to powerful forces in B.C. — from colonialism to resource extraction to real estate speculation — and how they manifest in your corner of the province.
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In This Series
A government entity has owned 301 E. Hastings since 2001. Why is it still vacant?
Tourists flock to appreciate a past that never was. But the kitschy attraction nonetheless holds the story of the neighbourhood.
What is this weird building? Does it feel lonely, huddling between the highway and the sea walk?
Fraser Wilson’s Maritime Labour Centre painting is a 1947 ode to what union members have accomplished.
The end of the mall is nigh, but the building of a new pedestrian walkway is not.
Secrecy hangs around the site of a 1950 plane crash in the Kispiox Mountains. Who is it protecting?
How did the popular square get its unique name? The answer bobs to the surface.
Why was the town of Kitsault suddenly abandoned, then preserved as a 1980s time capsule?
How did this modernist gem end up on a public body of water in Burnaby?
On the northern Sunshine Coast, a popular lake preserves the remnants of early settler history.
Dunsmuir House was a fancy hotel, then housed low-income people. Now it sits empty.
This 134-year-old waterfront factory, still in use, has a dark past. Latest in our ‘Place Detective’ series.