Is it just me, or did this block go downhill since we ran out of Lucky Lager?

Last week we reported on the transformation a gravel lot filled with garbage in downtown Vancouver into a better-named gravel lot where garbage gets picked up.

The city block, now called “Heritage Square,” has some flowers and flags too. Oh, and a sculpture. Listen, it’s not a jaw dropping development, but it’s something. And an investment of “$15,000 in materials and plants, as well as 3,000-plus volunteer hours” really shouldn’t be mocked.

Still, what is the heritage here? The lot has sat vacant since the closure of the Lucky Lager Brewery, which used the space as a parking lot. Short of celebrating the brewing history, it’s not really clear whatoh, wait, here we go:


Great! A sign explaining the whole concept. It’s even got logos for the city and the county so it appears we’re all in this together.

But it does seem a little dated:


Uh oh.

With the Columbia River Crossing dead it sure seems the “vision” won’t be coming true any time soon.

So what about the “history” component?

Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt was quoted saying he hopes the site will someday “return to an active, vibrant piece of downtown, just as it was decades ago.”

Decades ago it was a parking lot. For a brewery. Well, alright! Let’s get going!

BONUS ROUND: The title of this post references a quote from a movie where Lucky Lager is featured. Whoever gets it right first, well, they might get a prize. I’m out of lapel pins, but maybe a new drawing. I don’t know yet. Here are your hints:

– Only one word has been changed in the quote

– 1993

– It’s an “Early” type of movie

Erik Hidle

Erik Hidle

Erik Hidle covers Clark County government for The Columbian. He can be followed on facebook at, on Twitter at @col_clarkgov or contacted by email at

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