As I was Googling for the website or phone number of the Sushi place on my street (because walking downstairs is such a chore sometimes) I came across a website devoted entirely to my block! is an up to date (last update in May 2006) directory of businesses on Fourth Avenue in Kitsilano, in the couple blocks East & West of Macdonald St. (2600 – 3000 blocks). The site’s been put together by Tamara of Drexoll Games (a geeky, gamey staple in the city), and not only provides a map and directory of the area, but also a panorama photograph of the businesses on each side of the street, including contact information and links to their individual websites and profiles.

While the area of “MacFourth” isn’t a registered Business Improvement Area (BIA), there is an area on the site that lists the websites for a number of other areas in the city that have been put together by BIAs, including:

Kitsilano 4th Ave BIA –
Robson Street BIA –
South Granville BIA –
Mount Pleasant BIA –
Vancouver Chinatown BIA – (site currently down)
Yaletown BIA –
Point Grey Village BIA –

Check out the sites for your neighbourhood, or use the sites to discover a new neighbourhood in the city that you weren’t familiar with. Who knows, you may just stumble upon the number for your local sushi takeout joint.

4 Comments so far

  1. Rebecca (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 12:51 pm

    Cool! It looks like the China Town site is back up :)

    Another good source/directory is[dtv], where you can do a street-by-street search

  2. gillian (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 2:13 pm

    You forgot Marpole’s BIA website:

  3. Tamara (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 3:40 pm

    I’m glad you found the site useful! I’ve heard from a number of the local merchants, who wouldn’t otherwise have a web presence, that it’s been great exposure for them. I love to help my neighbours, plus it’s just fun to roam around the ‘hood and take photos. ;-)

  4. NetChick (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 5:55 pm

    Hey Jen, thanks for the heads up on the metroblogging site! I didn’t know it existed ’til I read your blog!

    I love local sites… I’ll have to check out Tamara’s next!

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