While Commercial Drive appears to be flourishing, “just because there’s people on the street doesn’t mean they are using all the services and retail and beverage options,” said Nick Pogor, Commercial Drive Business Society’s executive director. “The retail landscape in the City of Vancouver is very challenging,” Pogor said, pointing to property taxes that in some areas of the city have risen six-fold since 2011. “The retail sector is more challenged than the food and beverage,” due to pressures such as online shopping, Pogor said. The city needs to listen to these businesses to help them remain viable, he said.
Local businesses worry how the new Grandview-Woodland Community Plan will change the character of one of Vancouver's most vibrant streets. vancouversun.com