Strathcona industry: storage yard

Strathcona industry: storage yard

Strathcona industry: chicken processing plant

Strathcona industry: chicken processing plant

Strathcona is a blip on the morning commute for downtown office workers coming from points east.

Strathcona is a blip on the morning commute for downtown office workers coming from points east.

Discarded refuse is a common sight along Strathcona's abandoned alleyways.

Discarded refuse is a common sight along Strathcona's abandoned alleyways.

The Heatley overpass serves as a roof for the homeless.

The Heatley overpass serves as a roof for the homeless.

Doorways are decorated with graffiti.

Doorways are decorated with graffiti.

The rail yards and sugar refinery on Powell Street are among the last industrial sites in Vancouver.

The rail yards and sugar refinery on Powell Street are among the last industrial sites in Vancouver.

A handful of industrial buildings dot Alexander Street in Vancouver's East End.

A handful of industrial buildings dot Alexander Street in Vancouver's East End.

Toby Barazzuol shares space with local residents on Heatley Avenue, outside his manufacturing plant.

Toby Barazzuol shares space with local residents on Heatley Avenue, outside his manufacturing plant.

Strathcona industry; marine warehouse

Strathcona industry; marine warehouse

Enamoured with high-rise living and glossy downtown lifestyles, Vancouver politicians and city planners have neglected the city’s industrial needs for years in favour of condo development and live-work space. Developers are aggressively assembling land and flipping property to create sites for future townhouses, while prostitutes, drug addicts and squatters infiltrate abandoned warehouses awaiting redevelopment. Welcome to post-industrial Vancouver.

Click to read the full story: The Lost City by Ross Howard. This story has been nominated for a Jack Webster award (Industry & Economics category). Winners will be announced in Vancouver, BC on October 22, 2007.