Vancouver, B.C., April 6, 2016 – NPA City Councillor Melissa De Genova says she is thrilled that the City of Vancouver has agreed to officially recognize eight blocks of Commercial Drive as “Little Italy” in time for this year’s Italian Day on the Drive community event in June.
Official recognition of “Little Italy” is the result of two motions brought forward by De Genova, the most recent of which was passed unanimously by City Council today to expedite the designation process and separate it from the Grandview-Woodlands planning process where it had been embedded last June.
De Genova states: “It’s a wonderful day for the Italian community in Vancouver. For many years this stretch of Commercial Drive has been unofficially recognized as Little Italy, but today it’s official. I’m looking forward to seeing the special ‘Little Italy’ banners and painted crosswalks that the community has planned and will begin to roll out quickly. I really have to commend our City staff for expediting the process and making sure the official designation will happen in time for this special event in June. Vancouver prides itself on its multicultural character, and we are fortunate to have Chinatown, Little Saigon, and the Punjabi market as cultural hubs in our city. Today we can add ‘Little Italy’ to the list.”
The motion to formally designate a portion of Commercial Drive as “Little Italy” was originally brought forward by De Genova last June following Italian Day on the Drive in 2015.
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