The neighbourhood is bounded by False Creek, Cambie Street, 16th Avenue, and Burrard Street.
The area first began to grow around the turn of the 20th century when a streetcar line extended to Fairview from downtown.
In the 1970s, with large backing from the community, the City Council adopted new rules for revamping False Creek that required housing for people from all walks of life.
In 1972 Fairview Slopes was rezoned, changing what had been an industrial area into a residential and commercial area.
With the opening of the Public Market, in 1979, Granville Island began to be redeveloped.