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Little red awesome building

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Jimi Hendrix's grandmother's chicken restaurant

The problem with not blogging regularly is that suddenly I have a backlog of cool pictures that I really should show the world. Case in point: this building.

Sure, it looks red and nondescript but this little building has been touched by greatness. This used to be Jimi Hendrix’s grandmother’s chicken restaurant.

You see, there used to be a decent sized black community in Vancouver called Hogans Alley. They arrived because a lot of them worked as porters for the railway. The community was concentrated around just a few blocks near where the Georgia Viaduct is now, and was well known for BYOB bars, jazz and blues clubs and chicken restaurants.

Then the city decided to build the viaduct and they demolished it and now not a lot is left except this building, which just so happens to have been owned by Jimi Hendrix’s grandmother.

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