Apr 14 2008
Is Vancouver such a young city that we have to invent a colorful heritage out of thin air? Vancouverific blogger JZ at Beyond Robson has posed an interesting take on the gritty, lantern-lit Chinatown street known as Blood Alley (BR): according to his findings, the distinct-looking street with the intimidating name (conjuring up images of a young, crimson-spatterd, mourning Bruce Wayne — yes, I know it was Crime Alley, fellow comic book geeks) seems to have no real connection with anything all that grisly, much less super-hero spawning.
Chinatown and Gastown do actually have pretty rich histories, for those who take the time to do a Wikipedia search. Why embellish when the real thing is awfully interesting– and on occasion, actually bloody, to begin with?