Both the Marpole and Oakridge areas are located west of Cambie Street.
A big concern for the Marpole/Oakridge region is property crime, according to James Morrison of the Kerrisdale Oakridge Marpole Community Policing Centre.
“This is a large residential area and one of the more affluent areas, so we’re not seeing too many other crimes being committed such as drug-related issues,” said Morrison. “Property crime is the biggest issue in the area by far.”
Another big concern for the region is the future growth of the community which is going to be impacted by the approval of the Marpole Community Plan confirmed in April of this year – the effect being large-scale development of residential and commercial infrastructure.
Claudia Laroye, executive director of the Marpole Business Association is aware of how many challenges the local small businesses are facing today due in large part to the new developmental plans.
“Primarily in the shopping area on South Granville there are a lot of small independent businesses, owned by a family, or a single proprietor and the new development in the area is making some residents and business owners anxious,” said Laroye. “We are in the midst of an era of change.”
Like Kitsilano and Dunbar the Marpole/Oakridge community is a historically residential area that now finds itself in an imminent period of growth and transformation. These west side communities will have to fight to adapt and overcome similar challenges that include new large-scale development plans, escalating property taxes and mounting living costs.