12 photos of East Van being East Van

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A year ago I wrote that Gatekeepers and Garages of East Van (@gatesandgarages) was a new “must follow” Instagram account, offering look into the gritty alleyways and from the sidewalks East of Main. Since then the account (curated by someone using the pseudonym Vladimir P. Footlocker) has remained true to its mission to be “Dedicated to the preservation and apotheosis of East Vancouver’s finest architectural icons”. Week by week it delivers a new visual look into the heart of what makes East Van what it is.

Below are a few gems from the past 12 months. Be sure to follow @gatesandgarages for more.

Sunlit lions, nothing more. #EastVan Photo by Suzo Hickey. #VancouverIsAwesome

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Red lions signify membership in the house of lords. #EastVan #BCLions

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Neither a gate nor a garage, but still awesome. #EastVan #architexture #mosaic

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Carolina and 19th. The Fox rocks? #99.3 #EastVan

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Some people in #Vancouver make a fortune by buying derelict properties and torching them. All indications are that is the case here. #EastVan

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This is what happens when the #AngryBirds inhale the air around #CommercialDrive. #EastVan #garages #streetart

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