Outgoing, Incoming, & Just Plain Here

7 May 2021 – Well, here’s a near-generic urban redevelopment photo for you: detail-specific, in this case False Creek South, east end, but a common tide of events.

Out (R) with remnants of the Industrial Old, and in (L) with the Condo New.

I happen particularly to love that clapped-out, rusty old warehouse, or whatever it once was. I anthropomorphize it like crazy — yahh! you hang in there! love yer attitude!! — and I feel no shame.

I mean… just look. Despite weeds & chain-link fence, it really is somehow still hanging in, not yet knocked down (though a big wind might do the trick).

Yet I can’t be completely grumpy.

Because right next to it sit row upon row of neatly planted gardening boxes, all lined up behind that same chain-link fence and with a sign on the fence to make you pause, read, and puff out a happy little sigh.

Sole Food Street Farms — founded 2009, still active, here they are.

And here we all are, a poster on the utility pole next to the fence reminds me, here we all are, all us human beings …

messy, imperfect, and sometimes quite glorious. It’s just who we are.

So I walk on down to the Creek …

and enjoy myself.

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  1. I love how that vacant lot with the geriatric warehouse is providing food and inspiration. Long may it continue!

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    • I think it’s City land, so (I hope) Sole Foods had stable use. It’s a great story, isn’t it!

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  2. I like the warehouse, too. Nostalgia? Reminds me of the collapsing old chicken coop at the back of my grandparents’ property when I was a kid. It was scary and reassuring, somehow, at the same time.

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  3. jeffreymillerca

     /  8 May 2021

    The “messy, imperfect…” bit is also, uh, perfect.

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