The first signal lights were installed at Main and Hastings and the second at Robson and Granville. Before this, the police had directed traffic at these busy corners, using portable "stop-go" signs that were hand operated.
In 1927 and 1928, the province was experiencing an ostentatious prosperity like it had never seen before and the city of Vancouver's material progress was happening in this time.
One New Year's Eve, 1000 party goers danced at the Hotel Vancouver, 400 at the Elysium Hotel. Lavish parties were held at the Terminal City Club, all the private golf clubs, at the Harrison Springs' new hotel, at Grouse Mountain Chalet, and the Rotary Club took over the Stanley Park Pavilion. The parties were white-tie-and-tails affairs though some of the younger generation were slack and showed up in dinner jackets and black ties.
The event of the evening though, the affair that only the upper crust were invited to, the invitation everyone longed for was the fancy dress ball in the Hycroft Manor on the brow of the Shaughnessy hill. There General and Mrs. A.D. McRae annually entertained in baronial magnificence.
The next day, the McRae party was celebrated with two picture-filled pages in the social sections of the newspapers and all the ladies who weren't able to attend view the photos with envy and gossiped about the affair.
Less prominent citizens still celebrated. 16 cars were stolen, 73 drunks were arrested and the next morning, 18 citizens were photographed in the English Bay. (Polar Bear Swim, every New Year's Day) One brave woman stayed in the water, endured the freezing temperatures for 33 minutes!
One traveller noted that, as the New Year began, the city lights were visible in the water, reflected against an overcast, as far east as Chilliwack.
Thanks to the book Vancouver, From Milltown to Metropolis by Alan Morley for the above information.
I hope you find the beauty around you.