Author Archives: jakking

Writing The “Birth”

OK, so today is the official start date for the writing of “The Birth of Grandview: 1890-1921“.  I am aiming to have it ready for publication in October 2015. Wish me luck! Update:  I managed to get about 4 hours … Continue reading

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The Birth of Our Community

At 3pm on Saturday 8th December, the Grandview Heritage Group (GHG) will sponsor an illustrated talk by me on “The Birth of Our Community: Grandview 1890-1915.” It was this quarter-century that turned Commercial Drive and Grandview from a raw forest … Continue reading

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Review in BC Studies

The prestigious BC Studies has printed a review of “The Encyclopedia of Commercial Drive“, and it is rather good: “… between both of King’s books, particularly the Encyclopedia, one can easily see a valuable research source for creating feature articles, … Continue reading

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More History ….

In case you don’t know, Jak King writes a lot of local history at the website of the Grandview Heritage Group.

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The Drive Part Two …

I am beginning to prepare the sequel to my earlier book, “The Drive … To 1956” which will bring the history up to 1999.  If you lived or worked or played on or near Commercial Drive in those years, I’d … Continue reading

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Prepping A Walking Tour

I’m planning to conduct a walking tour of Commercial Drive later this Spring for the benefit of the Grandview Heritage Group; I’m having fun putting it together.  Please keep in touch with the GHG website for further details.

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New Interview

Spacing Vancouver has today published an interview with me about the books and the history of the Drive. Hope you enjoy it!

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Commercial Drive, 1936-1940

I have had a number of requests to make available the text of my presentation to the Vancouver Historical Society in January this year.  It seemed easiest to post it here as a downloadable PDF called Commercial Drive to 1940. … Continue reading

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Interview With The Courier

I was contacted yesterday to do a brief interview with The Courier newspaper — and here it is already!  

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“The Encyclopedia of Commercial Drive” is Released!

The physical environment, the streets and buildings, are important elements of the Drive’s neighbourhood, but they cannot compete in importance with the people and the companies that have lived their lives on the Drive.  This Encyclopedia is dedicated to the … Continue reading

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