It came to my attention recently while I was researching another story, that Joel Solomon’s Renewal Partners and Tides Canada have moved into the Flack Block, that beautifully restored heritage building at the corner of Hastings and Cambie. (A Robert Fung project.)
Those two groups, which are focused on investing in social-change businesses and non-profits, are likely going to be getting more attention in the coming years, what with their close ties to newly elected Mayor Gregor Robertson and his chief of staff, Mike Magee.
I couldn’t help but think how fitting it was, since the building across the street, the lovely two-tone terracotta-coloured Dominion Building, is often called the Save the World Building by locals. That’s because its offices have been filled for years with a rotating collection of enviro, social-action, and, well, save-the-world type groups. The Vision Vancouver campaign in 2005 was even temporarily housed on the main floor of the Dominion, which is coincidentally owned by Jacqui Cohen.