Sunrise Gentrification Check

by Zbigniew

Curbed LA offers a helpful quiz to assess the relative gentrification of one’s neighbourhood. With a few additions and modifications, a checklist reflect local characteristics of The Boom.

The maximum score is 150, broken down thusly:

0 to 30: “Functionally dull”

31 to 60: “On the map”

61 to 90: “Tilt”

91 to 120: “Condos marketed in Guangzhou”

121 to 150: “No one actually lives there”

Now, to apply the list to Hastings-Sunrise -officially demarcated by Nanaimo to Boundary and Burrard Inlet to Broadway. The resulting score will serve as baseline for future progress (sic?) reports.

Item

Value

Score
Brunch spot acclaimed for its toast

8

0

Ballet-barre-focused workout place

4

0

Proliferation of backyard chicken coops

1

1

Highly specific record store with weird hours

2

0

Flipped houses with twin-peaked roof & external mood lighting

5

5

Inexplicable “general store”

11

0

Hipster “scat” (eg. discarded receptacles of PBR, Jagermeister etc)

2

2

Children’s clothing or toy store featuring hypoallergenic bamboo products

7

0

All-natural pet supply shop

3

0

Church converted to club/bar/hotel

8

0

Bar that takes 15 minutes to make a drink

4

0

Lost cat flyers clearly made by art students

3

0

Whole Foods, Urban Fare or Nesters

6

0

Specialty grocery store

10

10

Craft beer bar (3); if it has its own brewery inside, add 5

8

0

Coffee shop selling 12 oz of beans for $16 (8); if it roasts its own beans, add 4

12

0

Fancy developing world cuisine restaurant

7

0

Plans for a “high line style park”

5

0

Café with no-laptop/WiFi times

9

0

Store that sells olde-timey products for men

12

0

Neighbourhood re-branding

13

13

Think piece in a national print magazine

10

0

TOTALS

150

31

Let the record show that on Easter Sunday, April 4th, 2105, Hastings-Sunrise is officially, if unscientifically “on the map.”