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I’ve read a couple (but certainly not all) of the essential Douglas Coupland books and love his ability to identify, embody and express what is going on in the world at a particular time. His expression comes from his writing and his art. This piece from artsy.net is a bold and fascinating account of the present and future of art, as a result of the changing world. Enjoy!

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Apparently there’s a right and a wrong way to gentrify a neighborhood. On one side, a Rolls Royce Phantom (I think) seen on my way to work this morning which stands out like a sore thumb on East Cordova. To the left, the new Pidgin which recently opened across the street from Vancouver’s notorious Pigeon Park.

Scout Magazine just published a statement from the proprietors who have been coming under fire from some residents of the TDES. I think Pidgin’s efforts for community involvement are notable. Please check out this article for yourself.

With all of this ‘stink’ around the opening of a new restaurant just one block from the likes of L’abattoire, the Irish Heather, Six Acres, the Cork & Fin etc… the list is long, one has to wonder what
a renovation or development of Pigeon Park it’s self will look like.

BTW, Nice tile logo, Pidgin!

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So I live and work near Gastown in Vancouver’s lower east side. Our office sits exactly halfway between a liquor store and several low income houses, SRO’s and shelters, making the covered loading dock in our back lane the idea venue for folks looking to stop for a drink or two. This ledge is frequented daily and has become a well known meeting spot in the neighborhood.

Seeing this gave me the idea to ‘dress up’ these locations to resemble well furnished and desirable venues. Of course painting a plush couch and chandelier does nothing to solve the problems of Vancouver’s lower east side but maybe it does inject some enjoyment for those using the venue. This may also roll out into a greater project, designed to bring awareness to homelessness by seeing the nooks and crevasses of the urban landscape through the eyes of it’s inhabitants.