This striking image by Franz Lindner is from the CBC Media Archives. It was taken in 1960 for their program
on addiction in Canada, “G.O.M.” (God’s Own Medicine). Even then, Vancouver was ground zero for drugs, and the Downtown East Side was the epicentre. The alley seems to go on forever in the old photo, unlike the current image where the Georgia Viaduct
interrupts the view. Here's
some information on Sarah, the Cafe's owner.