An Obituary: CAFCA Bids Adieu

The North Van Urban Forum

This week the North Van community took a hit. The Cafe for Contemporary Art closed its doors for the last time, leaving a hole in the fabric of our neighbourhood.

IMG_0032CAFCA was more than a cafe, it was a hub, weaving a thread of connections among the passionate disparate: the artists, the environmentalists, the community activists, the coffee lovers, the defenders of the urban realm. The Cafe for Contemporary Art, and its firebrand navigator Tyler Russell, committed themselves to the idea of community – and by the introductions they made and the ideas they seeded and propagated, North Vancouver was made richer, more connected, and more transparently governed.

Back in the early days, before the North Van Urban Forum was the North Van Urban Forum, Tyler and I would chat over coffee and sigh despairing sighs about the streetscape in which he found himself – a streetscape that started with…

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