On the heels of “Italian Day’, which drew thousands of people to Commercial Drive to celebrate Italian heritage, The City of Vancouver votes to move forward with designating a portion of the strip “Little Italy.”
The motion was brought forward by Councillor Melissa DeGenova.
“Commercial Drive has always been an enclave of ethnic Italians, especially in the 1940’s and 50’s.”
“If you look on Google maps, it’s considered Little Italy, I know that unofficially it always has been for Italian days and through the Italian community, however it’s never officially been recognized.”
Executive Director of Italian Day Festival Society, Brunella Gaudio highlights her family’s connection to the neighborhood, in an emotional address to council.
“Kalenas Shoes, who have been there since 1967, my father away in February, and his last request was that he has shoes from Kalenas.”
Council also approved the mayor’s motion to make Vancouver more patio-friendly.
While the city is already letting establishments apply to keep their patio’s open until 1am, staff will be asked to look at ways to fast track the process, and to establish a “Patio Day” allowing one-time patio pop-ups.