Mount Pleasant

  

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.

 

History

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

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% speak Tagalog. The median household income is $37,782, and 31.7% of its population lives in low-income households. Its unemployment rate is 5.5%.

 

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