Marie and I went for walk today after lunching at the newly re-opened Save-On-Meats. Our general goal was to head towards the Strathcona community gardens to see if the roses had bloomed. Along the way we passed Hastings Secondhand Goods, a pawnshop at Pigeon Park on the corner of Hastings and Carrall Street. Zoe: In […]
A surprise across Hastings Street.
I was invited by Rebecca Donald to write an essay on her new installation, Without Mountains or Water. It is currently on exhibition at Gallery FUKAI located at 602 E. Hastings Street. It opened April 1, 2011 and walk-in viewings are on Mondays and Wednesdays from April 4-30, 12–4 pm. Poppies in Without […]
Last Sunday I went to the International Village Gifts & Crafts Fair (September 18-19, 2010) and below are my top six favourite stalls. The mall complex, incorrectly but more popularly known as Tinseltown, is located at 88 West Pender Street, just west of Chinatown and two blocks away from Woodward’s. Many people know Tinseltown’s troubled […]
*********************** Preface: The first death was confirmed a suicide. The cause of the second death may have occurred under other tragic circumstances, but the facts remain unknown. Read this post as a reflection of my concern about the frequency of deaths in the DTES. Updated: September 20, 2010 *********************** Suicide is a grim, difficult subject. […]
11:55am. Five cops & two police cars at the corner of Carrall & Hastings. Just earlier reports of police with shotguns storm the upstairs of 7 E. Hastings (from Megaphone Mag on Twitter) I’m passing this en route to a meeting.
Across the street from the Woodwards building, on the 100 block of West Hastings Street, are two store fronts with papered up windows. At 130 West Hastings Street is Versus Training Centre. When I walked passed it today, I thought it was a gym but it’s not. Their website explicitly states that they are not […]
A hedge on Abbott Street between Hastings and West Pender Street is home to many birds. I pass by it often, perhaps four or five times a week, on my way to T & T Supermarket, Tinseltown, Chinatown, Strathcona, the seawall, well, you get the idea. There are some signs that this spot is cared […]
I like to make up rapper names for people I know. Admittedly, it can get out of hand but sometimes awesome gangsta signs are born. Yesterday I said to J.: You know, you should go by TicToc from now. You should get a big clock and wear it around your neck on a thick gold […]
On my way home from the the downtown Vancouver public library, I usually walk along Hamilton Street and then take the shortcut through Victory Square at 200 West Hastings Street. People are divided in their opinion about Victory Square. Some see it as a dangerous place, filled with “shifty” drug addicts and unsafe and for […]