In the 1950s, Vancouver was home to the largest neon company in the world and second only to Shanghai in neon per capita with 18,000 neon signs, or one for every 19 residents. At the time it was considered by pilots to be the best-illuminated city in North America. The largest beacon was the BowMac sign on Broadway. While only a few of the original signs remain, neon is making a comeback in downtown’s Granville Street entertainment district, where new businesses are being encouraged to add bold exterior lighting that echoes the city area’s neon-lit past. Among the old signs still visible on the city’s streets are the Ovaltine Cafe, Save On Meats, Only Seafood Restaurant and the 2400 Court Motel.
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