Punjabi Market Vancouver: The Future
The Punjabi Market district in South Vancouver has seen much better days. At its peak, there were over 300 shops in the area, but the district is now a shadow of its former self as numerous businesses have closed or moved away over the past decade and a half. Punjabi Market, also known as Vancouver’s Little India, stretches over three blocks on Main Street between East 48th Avenue and East 51st Avenue. It became a hub for the Indo-Canadian community, beginning in 1970 with the opening of a sari and fabric shop. In the years that followed, the cluster grew to include South Asian restaurants, sweet shops, jewellery stores, clothing stores, and grocers, an all of this was cemented by the close proximity of the nearby Ross Street Temple. But in the 1990s, the South Asian community in Metro Vancouver began to greatly shift towards Surrey, and many of the businesses in Punjabi Market followed the move. City of Vancouver is thinking about revitalizing this market. Harjinder Thind asks RedFM listeners whether this is a good idea or not.