FINER POINTS

Geist - - Miscellany - —Anne Miles, Cy­berspace

In “Wait­ing Out the Big One” (Geist No. 105), Stephen Os­borne refers to Com­mer­cial Street. Com­mer­cial Street? This is Van­cou­ver we're talk­ing about, right? This is the Stephen Os­borne who’s lived there, like, for­ever, right? It’s Com­mer­cial Drive. Most peo­ple in the neigh­bour­hood just call it “the Drive.” I lived on the Drive in 1972, be­fore it be­came trendy with left-wing ac­tivist-types, when it was just “the Ital­ian district”—but it was re­ferred to as the Drive back then too. My friend and former mother-in-law still lives a few blocks from the Drive on 3rd Av­enue. My pa­ter­nal grand­par­ents moved to Van­cou­ver in 1885 and 1886. I pre­fer peo­ple not be sloppy when re­fer­ring to the city’s fa­mous places—es­pe­cially peo­ple from a mag­a­zine that used to have, as one of its slo­gans, “to­tally un­afraid of Cana­dian place-names.”

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