Co-op Map of East Vancouver

 

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A group of housing co-op members wanted to map the co-ops in their East Van neighbourhood. So they made an inventory for the Grandview-Woodlands/Commercial Drive area and found: a co-op bookstore, 2 credit unions, 19 housing co-ops, a biodiesel co-op, a woodworking co-op, a glassblowing co-op and a whole lot of car sharing spots, with honorable mention to the Vancouver Tool Library too.

Pretty impressive.

They thought a good way to share the info is with an illustrated map.

I donated my time, and put together this map and brochure to show how co-ops support communities.

What makes co-ops different is that members share the profits and make decisions. This doesn’t always mean thinking small – I sometimes forget that Vancity is a co-op as well as a credit union.

It’s also the International Year of the Coop and a good time to celebrate how coops support communities. Their philosophy summarizes, “Co-ops are businesses run by and for their members: customers, employees or residents. They have an equal say and a share in the benefits. Co-ops are driven by values, not profit. Co-operative enterprises build a better world.”

Thanks to all the businesses and organizations for their support of this neighbourhood group.

A list of participating groups:

  • CCEC Credit Union
  • East End Food Coop
  • Peoples’ Coop Bookstore
  • Parker St Woodworker Co-op
  • Terminal City Glass Co-op
  • Vancity
  • Modo Car Co-op
  • 19 Housing Co-ops
  • BC Coop Association
  • Devco
  • NOW Organic Weekly
  • Vancouver Tool Library
  • Mountain Equipment Coop
  • Vancouver Media Coop
  • Biodiesel Coop
  • Common Thread
  • Co-op Radio
  • and YES – a youth camp

Want to print a high-resolution version?

There was a printing mixup on one side, so I’m posting a link to download a high-resolution version here. They’re large files (3.5-5MB).

Page one: http://www.mediafire.com/view/?2uyn6kzrladz7nl

Page two: http://www.mediafire.com/view/?kr8i2nj86mfi191

The original map and brochure will be housed with Cooperative Housing Federation of BC (www.chfbc.org).

map of coops and cooperatives in east vancouver commercial drive area, including businesses, housing coops, and services illustrator, best practice, illustration, visualization, infographic, graphic design, mapping, visual thinking, environment, sustainability, community, health,

 

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