Our Living City: Mount Pleasant Through the Eyes of Christine Hagemoen (Part 2)
We asked Christine Hagemoen, a Mount Pleasant-based writer and historical researcher, a few questions about her neighbourhood. The images below represent her views on Mount Pleasant and the changes that it has undergone.
Disclaimer: The views expressed below belong to Christine Hagemoen and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Heritage Vancouver.
4) What makes Mount Pleasant different to other neighbourhoods?
It’s a neighbourhood that encompasses both east and west sides of the city, intersected by commercial high streets Broadway and Main. Because Mount Pleasant is endlessly adaptable and re-invents itself, it is an interesting mélange of light-industry, housing, heritage, gathering spaces, residents, and businesses.
5) What do you dislike most about Mount Pleasant?
It is losing what made it so “pleasant” in the first place – it’s affordability, diversity, human-scale streetscapes – and is heading towards becoming unaffordable, homogenized and “art-washed”.
6) What [word] expresses best a meaningful relationship you have with Mount Pleasant?
Familial. Not only in regards to my own maternal family history living in Mount Pleasant, but also in the sense of the relationship I have with Mount Pleasant…just like any familial relationship you may always love them, but sometimes you don’t like them very much.