For those who don’t know, Kingsgate is in Mount Pleasant at Kingsway and Broadway in Vancouver. It’s not very big and it’s dated looking and considered kind of a weird place with an odd collection of stores and a wide variety of customers. But there are three things you should know about Kingsgate: it’s considered a retail success, it’s beloved by many people in the community, and some people in that community worry it could be knocked down as development changes the neighbourhood. But why? What is it about Kingsgate Mall that’s helped it achieve an iconic community status that bigger and richer malls can only envy? It might have something to do with how people in the community see the mall as a stand-in for the larger city, and how they want that city to be, as opposed to what it’s become. I discussed that with Chris Cheung and Michelle Hanley, but first we did a walking tour of the mall. And then in part two of this episode, we’ll have another visit from The Growler with a craft beer pick of the week.